OUR CATEGORIES

The Trust currently offers funding across five categories:

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES

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.

As of May 2021, we are also accepting applications for the Dulverton Trust #iwill Fund under our Youth Opportunities category. Applications can be submitted through our online application form.

The Dulverton Trust #iwill Fund is open to applications from charities which meet our criteria and are working to create youth social action opportunities for young people in England aged 10-20 years old. We have identified two areas of focus for the Fund: heritage and issues facing rural communities. We are particularly interested in projects which create youth social action opportunities for children and young people aged 10-14.

We encourage you to contact our staff team for an informal conversation in advance of making a full application.

 

GENERAL WELFARE

We support a wide range of charities that benefit disadvantaged people and communities, 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

 

CONSERVATION

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.

 

HERITAGE

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.

 

KENYA AND UGANDA

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STABILITY AND RECONSTRUCTION

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.