The Woodward Charitable Trust, a grant-making trust, is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.
Grants are available to fund core costs of small- to medium-sized charities in the UK working in the following areas: arts outreach, isolated children and young people, disability, disadvantaged women and families, prisoners and ex-offenders, and community cohesion among minority groups.
Grants of up to £3,000 are available (usually around 100 grants awarded per year) and most grants are for one year.
The funding is for charitable organisations in the UK, especially those which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate. Following a review of grant-making guidelines, from October 2019 the Trust will only fund core costs – not specific projects – as it recognises that smaller charities can find these hard to fund. In this way it hopes that any grant given will have a more direct impact on the organisation concerned.
Who can apply
UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £300,000 can apply. The Trust will also consider funding Charity Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs).
Trustees will consider applications for core costs, which will achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas:
- Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour, and in particular organisations that work to discourage individuals getting involved in gangs or violent behaviour.
- Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues, particularly where it relates to the Trust’s other priority areas.
- Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups.
- Disadvantaged families including parenting support.
- Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
- Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly among minority groups, refugees and traveller communities.
Applications are normally considered twice a year.
The next deadline for applications is 31 January 2020 (noon).
How to apply
Application forms can be found on the Trust’s website.
Applicants must state any funding from other sources. All applications must be supported by a current budget for the year or a set of management accounts in headline form and any relevant safeguarding/child and/or vulnerable adult policies.
Contact The Woodward Charitable Trust for further information. http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/