GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION

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make a positive difference in your community

Aims/priorities: The Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference. 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.

Who can apply? The following organisations can apply:

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

Grant amount: The Foundation offers two levels of funding:

  • Regular grants of between £1,000 and £99,999
  • Major grants of £100,000 and above

 

Application process: There is an online application form

Deadline: Applications for a Regular Grant may be made at any time and they will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Website address: https://garfieldweston.org/