The Trust currently offers funding across five categories:


This is our largest category and supports work that engages people primarily on the basis that they are from lower-income backgrounds (the charities we fund tend to work with children in receipt of Free School Meals or Pupil Premium funding, or live in geographies that sit in the 20% most deprived on the IMD scale). We fund initiatives that support young people to develop the life skills (e.g. employability skills, skills to succeed at school, improving social and emotional skills) to enable them to thrive.



In 2021-22, the Dulverton Trust is partnering with the #iwill fund to fund youth social action opportunities. We welcome applications from charities delivering youth social action with 10–20-year-olds in England (excluding London) in two areas of focus: the heritage sector and rural and farming communities.

Youth social action refers to activities that young people do to make a positive difference to others or the environment. We are open to considering a range of youth social action projects and activities, including from charities which have not previously delivered this work.

This could include supporting young people to develop the tools to launch their own social action projects, embedding youth voice in organisational decision making or creating a youth volunteering scheme. Within the heritage sector, we are particularly interested in work which makes the sector accessible to diverse groups of young people.

You can see what we have previously funded as part of the Dulverton Trust #iwill fund here.

If you are interested in applying to the Dulverton #iwill Fund, please contact the office for an informal conversation or submit an application via our online form (please include ‘#iwill’ in the project title if applying via our online form).

For consideration at the May 2022 panel, we recommend applying by the end of March 2022.

To find out more about the #iwill fund visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk



We support a wide range of charities that work with people from lower-income households and in communities with high levels of poverty with particular interest in:

  • strengthening and supporting family relationships
  • work with offenders, especially young offenders, with a focus on desistance
  • helping young homeless people to move forward
  • maintaining active living and independence for older people (note: this does not include help with medical and mental health)
  • the welfare of those who care for others
  • developing tolerance and understanding between faiths and communities and the promotion of social cohesion



We support charities working to support the health and resilience of the UK’s wildlife habitat. This work focuses on:

  • protecting, planting and sympathetically managing trees and native woodlands
  • protecting coastal and marine environments

Please note that we rarely consider applications for projects concerned with a single species.



We support the development of craftsmanship in the traditional techniques of repair and restoration and have a strong interest in:

  • heritage skills training, particularly where it may benefit a disadvantaged group
  • cathedrals (Trustees generally make one award to a cathedral per year)

Please note that annual grants are awarded to the National Churches Trust to disburse to churches on our behalf, and as such, we are not able to support applications from individual churches.



This category is currently restricted to UK registered charities operating in Kenya or Uganda, which already have a long association with the Trust. Our priorities in these locations are:

  • community development (in particular, the provision of water and power, and the encouragement of farming, common market gardening and enterprise)
  • wildlife conservation

The Trust is currently focusing on a major development and conservation project in the Murchison Falls area of Uganda. As a result, funding for other overseas projects, including Kenya and Uganda is restricted and we recommend that you contact us in advance of submitting an application.



The Trust does not accept appeals to contribute to disaster relief appeals. Instead we fund charities that:

(a) Provide support facilities or expertise to organisations engaged in disaster preparedness, or

(b) Are engaged in peace intervention.

As with our other funding, we prioritise work that is specific and practical, and where the Trust’s contribution makes an identifiable difference. As with our other categories, it is very unlikely that we would support work that focuses on research.