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. Organizations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged. They only consider applications for core costs and are looking for organizations 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. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage active involvement in and contribution towards the local community;
- Disadvantaged families, this covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refugees and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families;
- Prisoners and ex-offenders and specific projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoner’s families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.
- The Trustees make two types of grants – the majority are smaller grants, around 100 per year, of up to £3,000, but usually of £1,000 or less; and a few larger grants of over £3,000, only to charities that are known to the Trustees.
- Please note that unsolicited grants for more than £3,000 will ALWAYS be rejected.
They DO NOT fund unsolicited applications from charities whose annual income exceeds £200,000. They will also NOT fund unsolicited applications from the following:
- Charities registered or only working overseas;
- Construction projects such as playgrounds, village halls, and disabled accesses;
- Educational fees and general school appeals;
- Individuals in any capacity;
- Medical research;
- Parish facilities;
- Requests for vehicles.
- As well as registered charities they will consider funding Charity Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs).
- Trustees will only consider appeals made via their online application form. Every section must be completed including the Statement of Financial Activities. They are no longer accepting paper applications.
- APPLICATION FORM – Please complete the information requested and give them details on what the primary objectives of your charity are and who are your target users. Please note that details of specific projects that have been successful, and details on the successful outcomes for your users, are very important in the decision-making process. They are looking for charities that make a difference in their communities and who stand out in the work that they do.
- Participation by past or current users is recognised and should be mentioned, as is sharing best practice and cross-community work. They want to know what you do, what difference you make and what you are proud of in the area in which you work. They like to award grants to charities that are really changing the lives of their beneficiaries and whose users are able to progress as appropriate, and statistics or percentages that support this are desirable. They would also like to hear briefly about that other projects you have planned for the near future or are planning to run this year.
- They also request that you tell us the region in which you operate (i.e. Scotland, North East or West, Northern Ireland, Wales, Yorkshire & the Humber, East or West Midlands, East Anglia, London, South East or South West or the Channel Islands). This is in order for the trustees to try and ensure that they support applications from across the whole of the UK.
For more information, visit http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/