Grants are available to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:

Objectives of Fund

The Trust supports work that tries to meet the many different needs of people at the margins of society. It does not have any specific funding programmes to advance any particular agenda but is keen to work with organisations that have a real understanding of the challenges facing the communities they support, and a clear sense of the difference they seek to make through their work.

Value Notes

There is no maximum or minimum level of grant, although it is unusual for a grant of less than £10,000 to be made. Grants are usually for one, two or three years.

Funding is sometimes available over a longer period, usually by making a further grant following on from the original one. However, applicants should be aware that the Trust’s funding cannot continue indefinitely.

Advice and development support for organisations is also available from the Trust and in some situations short-term loans might be made, if this is the most helpful solution.

The Trust currently funds one in ten applications.

Who Can Apply

Applications are invited from charitable organisations, including registered charities, unincorporated associations, community interest companies and industrial and provident societies, working directly with people in the UK who are on the edges of mainstream society and have limited access to resources and opportunities.

Organisations must have a constitution and a bank account.

The Trust is particularly interested in supporting smaller groups, under-resourced organisations with an annual turnover of less than £1 million. Last year 77% of grants went to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000. (Larger organisations are advised to contact the Trust before making an application.)

The Trust is looking to fund organisations that:

  • Display positive organisational characteristics:
    • Encourage and develop positive social connections and relationships.
    • Are embedded in their community and can identify and channel the potential within that community.
    • Have vision, energy and commitment and are reflective and open to change.
    • Want to make a step change in the way they work, but need support to do this.
    • Listen to and are responsive to their users and give users a voice.
    • Offer longer-term engagement and support.
    • Make good use of the resources they have.
  • Address marginalisation:
    • Engage with a marginalised community or engage with a particularly marginalised group of people or ‘community of interest’.
    • Provide direct support to individuals who are in real need.
    • Are rooted in overlooked and neglected areas where funding is hard to come by.
    • Affect the lives of marginalised people and communities in a positive way.
  • Make a difference:
    • Generate a ripple effect – a wider impact beyond the immediate beneficiaries of the work.
    • Display new thinking or demonstrate best practice: offer an exemplar others can learn from.
    • Are interested in reflecting on their work and are generous in sharing their findings with others.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals, or organisations applying on behalf of individuals.
  • Larger charities (both national and local) enjoying widespread support.
  • Statutory bodies.
  • Hospitals, health authorities or hospices.
  • Medical care, medical equipment or medical research.
  • Universities, colleges or schools.
  • Academic research, scholarships or bursaries.
  • Nurseries, playgroups or crèches.
  • Uniformed youth groups.
  • One-off holidays, residentials, trips, exhibitions, conferences, events etc.
  • Animal charities.
  • The promotion of religion.
  • Routine repairs and minor improvements to community buildings (community centres, church halls, village halls etc).
  • Landscaping or equipment for playgrounds, parks or recreation areas.
  • Sports and leisure (where there isn’t a strong social welfare focus).
  • The restoration or conservation of buildings or habitats (where there isn’t a strong social welfare focus).
  • Work outside the UK.
  • The promotion of philanthropy and endowment appeals.
  • Retrospective funding.

Organisations that have previously been refused funding by the Trust should not re-apply until at least 12 months after the date of the refusal letter.

Organisations can normally only have one grant at a time from Tudor, so should not apply for a further grant if they are already a grant holder.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust does not have specific funding programmes designed to advance a particular agenda but funding is available to support work that benefits people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence, and particularly work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships that make such an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.

Grants can be used for the following:

  • Core organisational costs, such as salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs.
  • Project grants.
  • Capital grants for buildings or equipment.
  • Grants to help strengthen the organisation.

The Trust are keen to support organisations that can demonstrate an ability to adapt to the new reality of funding cuts while also imagining new ways of doing things.

How To Apply

There are no deadlines. Applications may be submitted at any time.

The Trust operates a two-stage application process.  Applicants must initially submit a first-stage proposal, which will go through an initial assessment process. First-stage proposals should be submitted by post or as a single email to [email protected] (full email submission instructions are available on the Trust’s website).

Applications should include:

  • An introductory letter on the organisation’s letterhead.
  • A completed organisation details sheet, which is available to download from the Trust’s website.
  • The organisation’s most recent annual accounts and annual report, or a photocopy of a recent bank statement if the organisation is too new to have accounts.
  • Answers to the following five questions:
    • What work does the organisation do?
    • What practical difference does it want to make?
    • Who is the community it works with and what challenges is that community currently facing?
    • What strengths and opportunities are shown in this community?
    • How can the Tudor Trust best help?

Organisations successful at stage one will be contacted by the Information Team to discuss the second-stage application process.

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