Grants policy guidelines
Categories eligible for grant
The Trust provides financial assistance to UK registered or exempt
charities whose activities fall within the following three categories, mainly
within the United Kingdom:
- care of and services for blind people, and
the prevention and/or cure of blindness;
- long-term care of people with learning disabilities
either in a residential care or supported living environment in
a way that provides a family environment and a wide choice of activities
and lifestyle or by providing long-term day/employment
- care of and services for people suffering from cancer, and their
Please follow the links to our further guidelines for these categories.
For application deadlines see ‘How to apply’.
Please note that the trustees no longer
support the conservation category.
A very large one-off grant to a conservation charity, followed by a much reduced spend in this field in recent years,
led to the Trustees’ decision in November 2012 to cease supporting this category completely.
A small proportion of the Trust’s income may be allocated to
assistance in other fields, but this is rare and reserved for causes that
have come to the attention of individual Trustees. It is therefore only in
very exceptional circumstances that the Trustees will respond favourably to
requests from organisations whose activities fall outside the categories
It is unlikely that applications relating to academic research
projects will be successful. The Trustees recognise the importance of
research, but lack the resources and expertise required to judge its
relevance and value.
Grants are awarded only to UK registered or exempt charities which
must have proven track records of successful work in their field of
operation or, in the case of newer charities, convincing evidence of ability.
Grants will only be awarded in response to direct applications from the
The Trust will consider grants to charities of all sizes. Accordingly,
grants vary in amount, but generally fall within the range of £5,000 to
£20,000. The total amount awarded varies from year to year according to
available funds. As a guide, in the year 2011–2012, 47 grants were awarded
from our normal programme totalling £525,400.
In the current financial climate, commitments to make future payments
are rarely given, with grants normally being
one-off annual grants. Charities which have received a grant are encouraged
to apply in the next and subsequent years, but should note that only rarely
will grants be given to the same charity for four successive years. This does not however mean that a
charity that has received three successive grants will not be eligible in future years,
just that we would not generally award a grant in year four.
The Trustees may occasionally consider larger
exceptional grants, but this is unusual and generally confined to charities that we
know well and have supported for some time. There is no separate application
process for this, and contenders will be identified from the normal grant
round. In the year 2011/2012, one grant of £50,000 was awarded from this