The Garfield Weston Foundation

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The Garfield Weston Foundation

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:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Youth
  • Health
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Faith
  • Museums & Heritage
  • Welfare

They have two grant programmes which depend on the size of the grant being requested – the processes are slightly different so please see below.

Regular Grants

For applications below £100,000.  These applications are reviewed by the Trustees on an ongoing basis so there are no specific deadlines to worry about.  You can apply when you are ready and when your plans and priorities are sufficiently clear to be able to make a compelling case.

Major Grants

For application of £100,000 or more. These are reviewed at one of the Foundation’s eight Board meetings a year and are carefully planned in advance to be fair to all applicants.

If you are considering applying for a major grant, please start by sending a one page summary to their Grants Assistant, Ciara Molloy cmolloy@garfieldweston.org outlining what you are raising funds for, the total cost and fundraising target.  They can give you bespoke guidance on whether you are eligible.  Please note that if you are applying for £100,000 or more the Foundation typically expect your project and/or annual income to be in excess of £1 million.  Please do not apply for a major grant through the website.

Types of Grant

The types of grant made, whatever their size, tend to fall into one of three categories – Capital, Revenue (often called ‘core costs’) and Project work.  The most important thing is that you apply for what you need as this will be your priority and therefore the most compelling for the Trustees.

For more information go to their website

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