Garfield Weston Foundation

One-off grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health and museums and heritage.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
Discretionary

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation aims to ‘be responsive to where need is greatest’ and thus support a wide range of charitable activity in the UK in areas such the arts, community, education, environment, youth, faith, health, welfare, museums and heritage.

Value Notes

The Foundation donates around £60 million per year with around 1,500 charities from across the UK receiving funding.

The Foundation offers two levels of funding, which can be used towards capital, revenue or project costs:

  • Regular Grants of up to £100,000.
  • Major Grants of £100,000 and above. (When awarding major grants, the Foundation would typically expect that the project and organisation’s overall annual income is in excess of £1million.)

Typically grants are made for a single year; however, the Trustees may consider making a grant spread over a number of years at their discretion if they feel this would be appropriate.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is required and should be secured before applying.

Who Can Apply

The following organisations working in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage can apply:

  • UK registered charities.
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
  • Educational establishments including schools and universities.
  • Churches.
  • Housing Associations.
  • Museums and galleries.

Organisations must be based and operate within the UK.

The Trust prefers to support those organisations working directly with beneficiaries at a grassroots level.

The Foundation will consider the following:

  • The financial viability of the organisation.
  • The degree of need for the project requiring funding.
  • The amount spent on administration and fundraising as compared to the charitable activities.
  • The ability to raise sufficient funding to meet the appeal target.
  • Whether the organisation has appropriate priorities and plans in place to manage its activities.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for support:

  • Individuals.
  • Social enterprises without UK Charity Commission registration.
  • Charitable Incorporated Companies (CICs).
  • Sporting associations, unless they are a registered charity.
  • Work that does not deliver a direct benefit in the UK, even if the organisation is a registered charity within Britain.
  • Animal welfare charities.
  • Charities that spend most of their income outside of the UK.
  • Local authorities and councils.
  • Organisations with liquid reserves covering more than 12 months’ expenditure.
  • One-off events such as galas or festivals, even if for fundraising purposes.
  • Sponsorship.
  • Individual positions. (While the Foundation will make a general contribution to salaries through its project or revenue grants it does not intend to make grants for a particular job or specific member of staff.)
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Activity that takes place overseas, including overseas trips.
  • Start-up costs.
  • Organisations that do not yet have a track record of service delivery or that have not yet produced accounts.
  • Campaigning, lobbying and awareness raising activity.
  • Endowment appeals.

The Foundation does not consider any funding request made within 12 months of the outcome of a previous application, whether or not a grant was received.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for organisations working in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health and museums and heritage.

The Foundation ‘strongly recommends’ groups apply for whatever are their greatest priority and area of need. This could be in one of three areas: capital, revenue (‘core costs’) or project work.

  • Capital costs – funding for tangible things, such as a building project, repairs, equipment etc. A grant is unlikely to be more than around 10% of the total Capital project cost.
  • Revenue/Core Costs – funding for the general costs of what the organisation does – its activity. As a general rule, this funding is unlikely to be more than approximately 10–20% of the organisation’s total annual income.
  • Project Costs – funding for a very specific project or activity and would include all the costs involved in delivering the project, including staff costs and a reasonable percentage of overheads if relevant. The Foundation recommends that the applicant has around half of its funding identified before applying.

Projects should fall within at least one of the following categories:

  • Arts – Both revenue and capital grants for a wide range of organisations (from small community theatre groups to national arts galleries) that engage with a variety of audiences and that can demonstrate their impact and quality.
  • Community – A large volume of grants are made every year to community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers. The majority of projects tend to be relatively small compared to other categories due to their local grass-roots nature, and correspondingly the grants made tend to be smaller in comparison. Typical projects supported include revenue grants for volunteering schemes and capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres and for facilities to support community life.
  • Education – Grants to support education, from small local projects such as reading schemes and after school clubs, to major institutions such as universities.
  • Environment – Grants to support a range of environment projects ranging from organisations that raise public awareness of, and find solutions to, specific issues such as sustainable fishing, in addition to charities that undertake active conservation work.
  • Faith – Grants to support simple but practical projects that enable religious buildings to be used for an inclusive range of charitable purposes by their local communities. Capital grants include funds towards the instillation of basic amenities such as lavatories and kitchen facilities and for restoration works to historic church buildings.
  • Health – Grants range from specialist care homes and hospices, charities specialising in the treatment and support for specific illnesses, to translational research focusing on medical breakthroughs that will benefit generations now and in the future.
  • Museums and Heritage – Grants to support organisations that conserve and interpret the nation’s heritage for future generations, ensuring it is accessible and available to all.
  • Welfare – Grants for charities that work with a variety of causes and groups including the elderly, homeless, disability and special needs and those in the criminal justice system. Grants made reflect a charity’s size and the nature of the work or project being undertaken.
  • Youth – Grants for charities that consistently demonstrate the commitment of volunteers and professionals across the country to support and inspire young people to achieve their potential. This includes small local groups, such as girl guides and youth clubs to larger national youth development charities.

How To Apply

Applications for a Regular Grant may be made at any time and they will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. It takes around four months from the time an application is received to notification of a decision.

The guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Foundation’s website. Groups should read the guidelines before starting the application process.

Major Grants cannot be applied for via the Foundation’s website. Instead, applicants should send a one page summary to Grace da Rocha via [email protected] outlining what they are raising funds for, the total cost and fundraising target. Applicants will be advised which Board meeting they are to apply to if invited to do so following their initial letter and subsequent phone call with the Foundation’s Director.


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