Woodward Charitable Trust

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The Woodward Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts group. The Trust primarily funds charitable organisations in the UK. If Woodward funds overseas projects it is usually via UK charities which can ensure that funds are being well used. Woodward favours charities which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate. Our grant-making continues to be primarily reactive but with some selected projects initiated by the trustees.

The Trust’s grant-making focuses on the following areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
  • Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting.
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled.
  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.

As the Trust’s resources are modest, the trustees prefer to fund small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £300,000 where small grants can have more impact. The majority of the grants made are for one-off projects although some grants fund salaries and running costs. Types of grants available are:

  • Small grants: £100-£5,000 (around 100 grants made per year).
  • Large grants: over £5,000 (around five grants are made per year). Large grants are only given to charities known to the Trustees.
  • Children’s summer playscheme grants: £500-£1,000 (about 50-70 grants made per year). Applications for these are made separately and considered in April each year. The charities annual income should be under £100,000.

Deadline: Grants are usually allocated following Trustees’ meetings which will happen in February/March and October/November each year. The Trustees will meet again in October 2018 to consider General Applications. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 July 2018.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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