Grants are available to smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to fund community support, arts, education and heritage projects in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote, socio-economically deprived rural areas.


Maximum Turnover: £ 5,000,000
Fund Value: £ 2,500,000
Maximum Value: £ 60,000
Minimum Value: £ 2,000

Value Notes

The Foundation offers the following support:

Grants for revenue costs (including salaries, overheads and project costs):

  • Small grants of £2,000 to £7,500 for one year.
  • Major grants of £7,500 to £20,000 per year for one to three years.

Grants for capital costs (one-off costs for building projects, including buying a building, repairing it or fitting it out):

  • Small grants of £2,000 to £7,500.
  • Major grants of £7,500 to £60,000.

For all capital grants, the total project cost must be less than £2 million.

Recipients of single year grants can re-apply for funding in two further successive calendar years. Multi-year grant recipients will not be able to make any further applications until two years after the completion of the final year of the grant.

Extended Description

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, founded in 1997, is an independent grantmaking foundation which makes approximately 150-200 grants totalling around £2.5 million a year to a variety of charitable organisations based in areas of extreme deprivation.

Following a recent review, the Foundation has launched its new grants programme in June 2018 with a focus on supporting smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations who work in the most deprived urban areas or the most remote and socio-economically deprived rural areas of the UK.

Projects must address one or both of the Foundation’s overarching themes – Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation – and should fall into the following two categories:

  • Community Support.
  • Arts, Heritage and Education.

Latest Information

The Foundation operates a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

The Grants Committee meets in February, late April/early May, July and late October/early November and applications must be received at least six weeks before a meeting to be included on the agenda.

Key Criteria

Established charitable organisations (including CICs, social enterprises, not-for-profit registered companies, voluntary organisations) in the UK are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a total annual income under £500,000.
  • Have a demonstrable track record of success working to address local problems in communities in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote, needy rural locations.

The level of the applicant’s income will determine which grants programme they can apply for:

  • Small grants (for organisations with a total annual income under £250,000)
  • Major grants (for organisations with a total annual income under £500,000)

If applicants are part of or affiliated to a larger organisation with an annual income above these limits, they must have their own accounts and confirm that they are not able to use the funds of the larger organisation.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for general costs including core costs, salaries, projects costs; capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment.

Applications for revenue or capital grants must demonstrate how the project fits into one or both of the Foundation’s overarching themes:

Rural Issues

  • Projects should address issues in rural towns/villages/communities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants with postcodes that are ranked within the most deprived 50% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation.
  • Communities should be in remote, rural, economically deprived areas where there are few local facilities, transport may be an issue, incomes are low and there are limited opportunities for fundraising.

Urban Deprivation

  • Projects should address issues in cities/towns with a population of more than 10,000 with postcodes that are ranked within the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation.
  • Local issues are likely to include multigenerational unemployment, poor educational attainment, poor quality and overcrowded housing, tensions between different generations and/or ethnic communities, a culture of low aspirations and achievement.

(NB Northern Ireland:

  • Projects in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Portadown and Lurgan should be in areas where the postcode of the organisation is ranked within the most deprived 20% of the N Ireland Index of Multiple Deprivation.
  • Elsewhere in N Ireland projects should be in areas where local postcodes are ranked in the most deprived 50% of the N Ireland Index of Multiple Deprivation.)

Within these overarching themes, the Foundation is interested in projects that fall roughly into the following two categories:

  • Community Support Projects, for example:
    • Luncheon clubs, intergenerational projects, befriending.
    • Support for young carers, respite services, advice and information.
    • Community Centres: building, extending or refurbishing community centres or village halls; salaries and core costs.
    • Community Services: information services; community transport schemes; employability training; volunteering; healthy eating and living; furniture recycling; foodbanks; community cohesion; debt advice. For Small Grants, the Foundation are also interested in one-off or annual celebrations which bring communities together.
    • Counselling.
    • Disability support groups.
    • Domestic violence support.
    • BAME & other groups.
    • Family support services.
    • Homeless drop-ins centres; positive activities; residential hostels and supported living projects.
    • Refugees & asylum seeker integration projects; training and employability; advice and information.
    • Rehabilitation of offenders.
    • Projects that open up sporting opportunities to people of all ages on low incomes.
    • Substance misuse recovery projects.
    • Youth clubs and detached youth work; pre-school nurseries; after school and holiday clubs; transition work from primary to senior schools or post-education; employment and volunteering opportunities for NEETs; mentoring.
  • Arts, Education and Heritage, for example:
    • Arts centres.
    • Projects that use performing, visual and creative arts in areas of high deprivation:
      • To engage young people or adults on an ongoing basis in constructive and inspiring activities which broaden their life and career choices (not necessarily within the arts).
      • To bring people together from different communities or generations to aid in the recovery of people from trauma or substance misuse.
      • To expand the interests and skills of people with disabilities.
    • Alternative education schemes for young people struggling in mainstream education.
    • Homework clubs.
    • Supplementary education classes for people from ethnic minorities or the refugee community.
    • Smaller heritage projects, with a particular interest in industrial and maritime projects in areas of deprivation, that provide employment and/or volunteering opportunities for the local community and contribute to the regeneration of the area.

Themed Grants Programme

Trusthouse runs three-year programmes focusing on a specific issue of interest to the Trustees. These are available at times specified by the Foundation.

Match Funding Restrictions

The following match funding restrictions apply:

  • Applicants must have secured a minimum of 50% of the total project cost before applying for all capital projects.
  • For small revenue grant applications, grants will not be paid until the remaining 50% of the total cost of the project has been secured.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals, whether direct or through a third party.
  • Charities or NGOs registered outside the UK.
  • Statutory services including state schools (unless these are specifically for pupils with disabilities), prisons, local authority services and NHS hospitals or services.
  • Universities, further education colleges and independent schools.
  • Organisations with a total annual income in excess of £500,000.
  • Hospices. (The Trust ceased to accept unsolicited applications from 1 April 2018.)
  • Organisations with primarily an ecological aim.
  • Grantmaking organisations.
  • Umbrella organisations.
  • Projects that take place outside of the UK.
  • Set up costs for new organisations.
  • Animal welfare and conservation projects.
  • Medical research.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Capital appeals for places of worship unless these are primarily for community use such as an adjoining church hall or a clearly defined community area within a place of worship.
  • One-off events (except under the Small Grants programme).
  • PR and awareness raising; fundraising salaries, events or initiatives.
  • Projects primarily concerned with the production of DVDs or other media.

Application Procedure

Applications are submitted via the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation’s website.

Applicants must first answer a few eligibility questions before being able to complete and submit the online application forms. There are three forms:

  • Small Grants
  • Major Grants
  • Village Halls/Community Centres.

Small Grants applicants should receive a final decision within four to six weeks of receipt of application (assuming no further information is required).

Major Grants applicants will be informed in six to eight weeks if their application will be included on the agenda of the next available Grants Committee meeting and usually informed of the decision within one week of the meeting.

Contact the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Contact details:

Judith Leigh

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
65 Leadenhall Street

020 7264 4990
Contact details:
Sarah McGill

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
65 Leadenhall Street

020 7264 4990

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