Every year, we focus on particular categories to support.  These categories are repeated on a three-year cycle.

What We Fund


Children and Youth

Priority will be given to projects focussing on homelessness, domestic abuse, prisoners/offenders, training, education, counselling and support
Children is from birth to 18 years old,  Youth is up to 25 years old.


Music and the Arts

The Elderly




 In 2017, we are changing our grant structure.


Charities with an annual income up to a maximum of £1,000,000 will be able to apply for a grant of £1000.
There will be four deadlines throughout the year (these will be confirmed in due course). Charities with an annual income above £1,000,000 will not be eligible to apply for this grant.


Charities with an annual income of over £500,000 will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000.
The current deadlines of 1st June and 1st November will remain. Charities with an annual income below £500,000 will not be eligible to apply for this grant.

Charities with an annual income between £500,000 and £1,000,000 can apply for EITHER a £1000 grant OR a £5000 grant – you can choose which to apply for, but you cannot apply for both.


Full details will be available by January 2017.

If your charity has a project that falls within the categories that we are supporting this year, and you are a registered charity, please complete an online application:

How to Apply

 PLEASE NOTE: we have already received an exceptionally large number of applications.  Frustratingly, many of the applicants are applying for projects that we have stated we do not support.  Please double check What We Don’t Fund below BEFORE submitting your application.

Applications received for projects that are listed under What We Don’t Fund will not receive a reply.

We only award grants to organisations registered with the Charity Commission (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or OSCR, or exempt from registration.

As well as having priorities that we do support, we also have activities and organisations that we do not support.

What We Don't Fund

Please read this list carefully.

We choose to minimise our administration costs, so will no longer reply to applications that clearly fit in to one of these categories.

Overseas projects

Capital appeals, including equipment

Schools, including activities

Village Halls

Minibuses or other Vehicles


Charities involved with religion (including repair of Church fabric)

Charities involved with animals (welfare and conservation)

Individuals, including individuals embarking on a trip overseas with a charitable organisation


Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies

Sea Cadets

Holidays, including respite holidays

Individual hospices (national organisations can apply)

Please do not submit an application if your charity or particular project falls within any of these categories.

For further information about what we fund, please look at the answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page: