Grant Making Trusts and Foundations in UK in the Best of the Web UK Directory

Grant Making Trusts and Foundations in UK

A B Charitable Trust (ABCT)

An independent, UK based grant-making organisation founded in 1990 that is concerned with promoting and defending human dignity.

ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations)

A membership association for grant-making trusts and foundations in the UK; includes a directory of members, advice on making an application, and details of their services to the sector.

Agnes Hunter Trust

Supports charities working in the fields of visual impairment, cancer or arthritis, disability, education, training, or youth development in Scotland; includes background, how to apply, and a list of recent grants.

The Allen Lane Foundation

Award funding for charitable purposes across the UK. Their focus is on funding ‘unpopular causes’.

Arcadia Fund

A grant-making fund established to protect endangered culture and nature. Includes a profile and history, details of grants made, and how they operate.

Ashden Trust

Grant-making charity established in 1989 focusing on climate change, sustainable development, and improving the quality of life in poorer communities. Describes their schemes, with annual report, how to apply, and contacts.

Barcapel Foundation

Supports charitable works and endeavours in Scotland in three priority areas, health, heritage and youth; includes a profile and history, case studies and record of past awards, and how to apply.

Barrow Cadbury Trust

Provides grants to grassroots groups working in deprived communities, with a focus on the West Midlands; also supports research towards a more just and equal society. Describes their programmes, with case studies, news, and contacts.

The Beit Trust

Established in 1906 under the Will of Mr Alfred Beit; supports secondary and university education in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Provides a guide to their grants and scholarships, with contacts.

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

Established in 1960 and is a general grant making trust giving to charitable causes at their discretion.

The Breadsticks Foundation

Supports programmes aimed at improving the quality of life within marginalised communities in the UK and overseas; provides a guide to their grants, with a listing of projects supported.

The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS)

Founded in 1808, now offering grants to educational projects in the UK and around the world; includes a history and archive, and details of their current projects and schemes.

The Bromley Trust

A grant-making trust set up to offset "man's inhumanity to man"; makes awards to charities working in the fields of Human Rights, prison reform, and the environment; includes details of projects funded, contacts, and how to apply.

Buttle UK - The Frank Buttle Trust

Operates a number of grants and programmes for the most vulnerable children and young people; includes a profile, contacts, and how to get involved.

The Cattanach Charitable Trust

Makes grants to charities who work with children in Scotland, especially those under 10 years of age, their families and communities; includes background, case studies, and how to apply.

The Concertina Charitable Trust

Makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly.

Co-op Foundation

Co-op's charity that aims to help disadvantaged communities work together to make things better.

Corra Foundation

A grantmaking trust distributing funds to registered charities throughout Scotland.

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Official website of a noted entrepreneur turned philanthropist, with a biography, archive of articles and speeches, and details of her grant-making foundation and the projects it has supported.

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

Established to continue the Princess' humanitarian work in the UK and overseas; provides a guide to their programmes and initiatives, with a listing of grants awarded.

The Dulverton Trust

Awards grants directly to charities and charitable organizations operating at a national or regional level to support a wide range of activities; includes a guide to their policies, funding streams, and how to apply.

The Edward Gostling Foundation

Provides grants to other charities that are registered and regulated by a UK Charity Commission with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of people in need and, particularly, those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.

Environmental Funders Network (EFN)

A funder-to-funder network of trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues; includes a list of members, research reports, links, resources, and contacts.

Ernest Cook Trust

An educational charity offers grants to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside, the environment, the arts, or literacy and numeracy; describes their scheme, with contacts and a list of recent recipients.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

One of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK; makes grants to organisations working in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.

Fashion & Textile Children's Trust

Gives financial grants to children (up to 18 years) where one or more parent/carer works in the UK fashion and textile industry.

Friends Provident Foundation

Established as an independent charity when Friends' Provident demutualised; makes grants to support work tackling financial exclusion. With contacts, and information about projects supported.

Fulbright Commission

Provides study, lecture, and research opportunities in any academic field to US and UK citizens.

The Gannochy Trust

Originally established for the benefit of the people of Perthshire, now supporting community, arts, and environmental projects throughout Scotland; includes a profile, history, and how to apply.

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Provides grants to support research into plant science and neuroscience, science and engineering education, economic development in Africa, public policy research and advice, and the arts.

Grants Online

Comprehensive and up to date information resources for organisations looking for grant funding.

Greggs Foundation

A grant making charity which improves the quality of life in local communities, distributing to charitable organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Guy’s and St. Thomas Charity

An independent, urban health foundation. We work with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and others to improve health in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, and beyond.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

Open to any Lloyds Banking Group employees based in Northern Ireland.

The Henry Smith Charity

Founded in 1628, now making grants of approximately £25 million each year to UK organisations and charities for initiatives that address social inequality and economic disadvantage; with details of their grant schemes and applications, and contacts.

John Ellerman Foundation

A generalist grant-making trust making grants totalling more than £4 million a year to charities, mostly in the United Kingdom; includes guidelines for applicants, a list of recent grants, annual report, and contacts.

John Sykes Foundation

Grant making charity that supports people from all walks of life in areas including education, health, disability, sport, arts and culture, science, and any other charitable purpose.

Lankelly Chase Foundation

An independent charitable funder specialising in support for smaller charities; provides a guide to their programmes, how to apply, and contacts.

The Lipman-Miliband Trust

Funds projects dedicated to socialist education and research. Includes a profile and history, news, details of recent projects funded, and how to apply.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

An independent charitable trust funded by Lloyds Banking Group. They partner with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Marc Fitch Fund

An educational charity which offers grants to support research and publication in the fields of the regional and local history of the British Isles.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Distributes funds raised by the National Lottery to support an extensive range of heritage projects; with details of their grant programmes, projects, how to apply, and a regional directory of current grants.

Nationwide Foundation

Principally funded by the Nationwide Building Society, and aims to create decent, affordable homes for people in need.

Northern Rock Foundation

An independent charity tackling disadvantage in the North East and Cumbria; provides details of their grant programmes, policy work, training and development activity, with contacts.

One Stop - Carriers For Causes

Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Ormiston Trust

Established by the family of a young woman killed in a car crash on her honeymoon in 1969; supports a range of projects supporting children’s services and schools; with a profile and contacts.

Pears Foundation

A charitable trust concerned with positive identity and citizenship, interfaith respect and understanding, and Jewish social action; includes a guide to their activities in the UK, Israel and the developing world.

People’s Health Trust

A charity which uses funds raised from local lotteries to make grants to projects and groups working to address health inequalities across Great Britain.

People's Postcode Trust

A grant giving trust funded by players of the People's Postcode Lottery. Contains information on funded projects and on how to apply.

The Pilgrim Trust

Established in 1930 by an American philanthropist; now provides grants for social welfare projects to develop social inclusion, and for the preservation of Britain's heritage. Includes details of their schemes, how to apply, and current and past grantholders.

The Rank Foundation

Supports the work of other charities in the fields of youth work and education, community care for the disadvantaged, the frail or the lonely, and promoting Christian principles through film; with case studies and how to apply.

The Rhodes Trust

An international scholarship programme providing postgraduate awards to students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Describes the scheme and how to apply, with a history, news and events, and resources for alumni.

The Robertson Trust

An independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to provide financial support to charities; includes a history, how to apply, case studies, a guide to their priorities and schemes, and contacts.

Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

The operating office for 18 grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family; provides information about, or links to, the various trusts with details of their programmes and how to apply.


Funds and develops educational programmes to help disadvantaged children succeed at school in London and Manchester; describes their schemes and projects, reports on their impact, news, and contacts.

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

Established in February 2000 and is exclusive to registered charities and support is given by way of direct donations.

The Sobell Foundation

Established by the late Sir Michael Sobell in 1977 for general charitable purposes and is a grant-making trust with which he was actively involved until shortly before his death in 1993.

Social Tech Trust

A registered charity that provides grant funding and support to organsiations that transform lives through technology.

Souter Charitable Trust

Provides grants to projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in the UK and overseas – especially those with a Christian emphasis; includes a listing of projects it has supported and guidelines for applications.

The Sportsman’s Charity

Works with individuals, charities and the corporate sector, to generate funds to assist individuals and groups in the fields of sport, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

Steven Gerrard Foundation (SGF)

Established by the footballer to provide additional funding for a range of children's charitable organisations and projects; provides details of projects supported, events and news, and how to support.

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Awards fund to support charitable work in Hertfordshire, nationally, and in the developing world; includes a guide to their current areas of concern, how to apply, and contacts.

The Theodore Salvesen Memorial Trust

Created in 1942 by a Leith shipowner to assist current and retired members of the Merchant Navy, and individuals studying for a Merchant Navy career; with a profile and contacts.

The Tudor Trust

An independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in the UK; includes information about their schemes, how to apply, and resources for grantholders.

UK Community Foundations

Network of 46 Community Foundations connects donors to important local causes. Granting funds to grassroots groups across the UK. UKCF_tweets/

The Waterloo Foundation

An independent grant-making foundation supporting core programme areas of world development, the environment, child development, and projects in Wales; includes details of application and contacts.

Wellcome Trust

An independent charitable foundation that supports biomedical research and the medical humanities to improve human and animal health. Provides a guide to their grants programme, with advice sections, news and features, and contacts.

William Adlington Cadbury Charitable Trust

Founded by the son the founder of the Cadbury chocolate firm. Includes their grants policy covering the West Midlands, Quaker groups, penal affairs, and international interests; also offers online application.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Makes annual awards to individuals for a wide range of projects involving overseas travel; includes how to apply, a listing of current fellows, FAQ, news, and background on the trust. wcmtuk

The Wolfson Foundation

Awards grants to support and promote excellence in science and medicine, health, education, and the arts and humanities; includes information guides for grant applicants and holders, and contacts.

Yapp Charitable Trust

Makes grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales; includes their funding guidelines, how to apply, a listing of recent grants, FAQ, and contacts.

Zurich Community Trust

Registered charity operated by the global insurance company that works to support a range of local, national and overseas charities. Provides a guide to their grant giving programme and employee volunteering, history, news, and contacts.

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