The Woodward Charitable Trust – families and young people – next deadline 30 July 2021

Article date
7 June 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Woodward Charitable Trust particularly looks 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. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged.

The Trustees make two types of grants:

Small grants – up to £3,000, but usually £1,000 or less;

Large grants – Only a few large grants are awarded over £3,000 each year, and these are usually to charities known to the Trustees. Please note that unsolicited applications for more than £3,000 will always be rejected.

The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year.

Who can apply

Registered charities, Charity Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs).

They do not fund charities whose annual income exceeds £200,000.

They will only fund organisations for a maximum of 3 consecutive years, or 3 grants within 5 years, and that after the last grant you should wait 2 years before reapplying for a further grant.

What are the funding priorities

Trustees only consider applications for core costs and are looking for organisations 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 and projects to help those who have been in the care system. This also covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community;
  • Disadvantaged familiesthis covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects;
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.
Is there a deadline

Next deadline is 12 noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

Further details, guidance and how to apply