The Woodward Charitable Trust has launched its Small and Large Grants program for registered UK charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Charity Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and exempt charities.
The Woodward Charitable Trust only makes grants for core costs rather than specific projects as they recognise that smaller charities can find these hard to fund. They hope that this will have a more direct impact on the organisations that they choose to fund.
The Trustees particularly look to fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. They like projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users.
Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged.
- Trustees only consider applications for core costs and are looking for organisations which aim to achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas:
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour and projects to help those who have been in the care system. This also covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community;
- Disadvantaged families, this covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects;
- Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.
Note: if your organisation also helps other groups outside the 3 priority areas you may still apply, however, it will be expected that the majority of your beneficiaries are within at least one of these areas. Any details that you give as to how you help within the priority areas will benefit your application.
The Trustees make two types of grants:
- Small grants – up to £3,000, but usually £1,000 or less;
- Large grants – Only a few large grants are awarded over £3,000 each year, and these are usually to charities known to the Trustees. Please note that unsolicited applications for more than £3,000 will always be rejected.
- The Trust only funds registered UK charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Charity Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and exempt charities (an exempt charity has charitable status and is required to comply with charity law).
- Your application will automatically be rejected if it doesn’t fit within the priority areas:
- It will also be rejected:
- if your charity is unknown to the trustees and your income / expenditure exceeded £200,000 in the previous financial year (unless this was for an exceptional one off in which case please give details);
- if your reserves exceed 50% of your expenditure (They understand that some organisations might wish to hold reserves closer to 100% of annual expenditure, but if that is the case they won’t be able to offer support as they feel the funds can be used more effectively elsewhere);
- or if you request a grant in excess of £3,000 without first discussing it with the Administrator.
Note: they will only fund organisations for a maximum of 3 consecutive years, or 3 grants within 5 years, and that after the last grant you should wait 2 years before reapplying. Although if your organisation also receives, or has received, a grant from the Summer Scheme programme that will not be included in this tally.
For more information, visit http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/