The Woodward Charitable Trust

Arts & Culture Education & Employment Health & Social Care Youth

The Woodward Charitable Trust award grants (typically around £3,000) towards the core costs for small charities, CIOs and CICs. Please note that the Trust does not fund unsolicited applications from charities whose annual income exceeds £200,000 or an organisation that has more than six months running costs in its unrestricted reserves. 

Trustees will consider applications for core costs which will achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people;
  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour and in particular organisations that work to discourage individuals getting involved in gangs or violent behaviour;
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues, particularly where it relates to our other priority areas;
  • Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups;
  • Disadvantaged families including parenting support;
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders as well as requests to help prisoners’ families;
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly amongst minority groups, refugees and traveller communities.

The Trustees make two types of grants – smaller grants of under £3,000, usually around 100 grants per year; and larger grants of over £3,000usually no more than 5-8 per year and almost always to charities already known to the Trustees.

The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year.

In addition, 60-70 grants of £250-£1,000 per year are made towards Children’s Summer Playschemes. Applications are considered in April/May each year, grants are only given to charities whose annual income is under £100,000.

Deadline: Trustees review grant applications twice a year, usually in February/March and October. Please consult the diary page for up-to-date deadlines.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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