The Garfield Weston Foundation – grants for specific activities or programmes, for Capital projects (i.e. buildings and equipment) and also towards an organisation’s core costs
The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years.
From small community groups to large national institutions, their aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.
The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.
They make grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories:
The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest. They therefore support a wide range of charitable activity rather than having specific priorities for funding or regional bias. The Trustees support excellence and, rather than predetermining where funds should be given, prefer to respond on a flexible basis to organisations that can show that they are addressing a need and that their work is high quality.
The Foundation appreciates how challenging it is for charities to raise funds and aims to keep the process of applying uncomplicated with a one-stage application.
They have two main streams of activity:
- Major Grants – £100,000 and above
- Regular Grants – ranging from £1,000 – £99,999
On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations.
Despite the diversity of organisations and projects the Foundation funds, the common themes are charities that demonstrate quality and excellence with projects that have clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership and sensible business plans.
The Trustees are especially keen to see applications for core and project costs for charities delivering services directly to beneficiaries, especially in the welfare, youth and community fields, and also in regions of economic disadvantage.