There are thousands of grant-making trusts, giving funds which vary from under £50 to thousands of pounds. Some give funding for a range of different projects whilst others have particular interests. Larger trusts often have helpful websites with applications forms and guidelines, whereas many of the smaller trusts don’t have websites and it can be difficult to find information about them.

The trusts listed here all have a particular interest in North Devon, Devon or the South West generally. Where they have a website, we have not gone into details of contacts, applications, etc but we have tried to give as much information as possible about the others.

As well as looking over the information below, it is always a good idea to check details and contacts at the Charity Commission’s website - here. It is also useful to take a look at the latest annual report, which will be displayed on the website, if they have sufficient income to make it a requirement. You may get some good pointers about what they are particularly interested in. Sometimes, the accounts list all their donations, so you can see which organisations they have given money to in the past, and what the range of donations is. If a website is listed, make sure you look at that, too.

If you need any further help in identifying other suitable trusts please contact Lyn Winter


Grant-Making Trusts for Devon and the South West


The H B Allen Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 802306
Contact: P B Shone Esq
Address: Homefield, Chidden holt, Hambledon, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 4TG
Telephone: 02392 632406
E-mail: mail@hballenct.org.uk
Website: www.hballenct.org.uk
Size of grants: £5,000-25,000
Funding preferences: Check guidelines on the website for areas of interest. Current priorities are:

  • Research into blindness and visual impairment; deafness & hearing impairment, medical conditions generally Environment/wildlife/animals Museums/galleries/heritage including churches
  • Large charities are unlikely to be successful.–


Applications
:

  • By post, not email 
  • There is no application form 
  • Apply between October and December


Sir John and Lady Amory's Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 203970
Contact: Lady Heathcoat Amory
Telephone: 01884 254899
E-mail: charities@lowman.co.uk
Size of grants: Up to £8,500, generally less than £5,000
Funding preferences:

  • General charitable purposes, including education, health and welfare 

Applications:

  • By post
  • Not email. There is no application form


Viscount Amory’s Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 204958
Contact: Mrs S Curtis
Address: The Island, Lowman Green, Tiverton EX16 4LA
Telephone: 01884 242200
E-mail: office@vact.org.uk
Website: http://www.vact.org.uk/
Funding preferences:

  • Educational 
  • General 
  • Religious

Applications should be by letter, not by e-mail, and include the following:

  • Your e-mail address, if available. (We may reply by e-mail)
  • General background information about your appeal.
  • The nature of the sponsoring or associated organisation.
  • The total amount you are looking to raise.
  • How much has been raised to date.
  • How you propose raising any shortfall.
  • Any further information you feel would be relevant for the attention of the Trustees.


The Barnstaple Bridge Trust

Charity Commission Number: 201288
Contact: C J Bartlett, Clerk
Address: 7 Bridge Chambers, The Strand, Barnstaple EX31 1HB
Telephone: 01271 343995
E-mail: admin@barumbridgetrust.org
Website: www.barumbridgetrust.org
Size of grants: Up to £5,000
Funding preferences:

  • Grants are given for the relief of poverty or the general benefit of inhabitants within a 5-mile radius of Barnstaple Guildhall.

Applications:

  • You can download an application form, and grant guidance from the website.


The Viscountess Boyd Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 284270
Contact: The Viscountess Boyd of Merton
Address: Smith & Williamson, 25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY
Size of grants: £100-£5,000
Funding preferences:

  • Cornwall, Devon & Somerset.
  • General charitable purposes

Applications:

  • In writing


M R Cannon 1998 Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 1072769
Contact: The Trustees
Address: 53 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3DW
Size of grants: Up to £10,000
Funding preferences:

  • North Devon
  • Medical/health charities
  • Conservation and countryside related initiatives
  • Small local projects

Applications:

  • In writing


The B-CH 1971 Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 263241
Contact: Edward Reed
Address: c/o Macfarlanes LLP, 20 Cursitor Street, London EC4A 1LT
Size of grants: Up to £1,000
Funding preferences: 

  • UK, with preference for Cornwall and Devon
  • Children's and medical charities

Applications:

  • In writing


The Cave Foundation

Charity Commission Number: 241900
Contact: Secretary
Address: New Lodge Farm, Winkfield, Windsor SL4 4QQ
E-mail:
tcf@eamo.org.uk
Size of grants:
£500-£50,000
Funding preferences: 

UK, with preference for South West. General charitable purposes including:

  • Conservation
  • Animal welfare
  • Health and social welfare

Applications:

  • In writing, month before meetings in May and October


Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 268061
Contact: Mrs Linda A Stanley
Address: Rolle Estate Office, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BL
Telephone: 01395 443881
E-mail: linda.stanley@clintondevon.com
Size of grants:
Between £50 - £1,000 with a few exceptions

  • Funding preferences:
  • Preference given to North and East Devon
  • Support for young people and the encouragement of youth activities
  • Physically handicapped and disabled people
  • Support for the elderly
  • Medical aid and research
  • Maritime charities

Applications:

  • In writing


The Cornwell Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 1012467
Contact: Mark Bailey, Trustee
Address: Devonshire House, 1 Devonshire Street, London W1W 5DR
E-mail: cw@citroenwells.co.uk
Size of grants: Up to £10,000 (mostly under £1,000)
Funding preferences:

  • South West, with a preference for Cornwall.
  • General charitable purposes

Applications:

  • In writing


Devon Community Foundation

Charity Commission Number: 1057923
E-mail:
grants@devoncf.com
Website:  devoncf.com
Size of grants: £1-£5,000
Funding preferences:

  • Smaller community groups, applying for projects which come under the ‘Thriving Communities’ themes:
  • Assist families in need 
  • Bring people together
  • Develop life skills
  • Enable disabled people
  • Encourage safety and resilience
  • Help people to find and keep a home
  • Keep people safe and well
  • Offer training and work opportunities
  • Promote access to arts, culture and nature

Applications:

  • Two stage process, with an online application


The Devon Historic Churches Trust

Charity Commission Number: 265594
Contact: Mr John Mills, Hon. Sec
E-mail: johnmills49@btinternet.com
Website: www.devonhistoricchurches.co.uk
Size of grants: £250-£5,000
Funding preferences:

  • Funding is for the fabric of historic churches and is unlikely to be given for the installation of plumbing, sound amplification and lighting, nor to improve safety or disability access.

Applications:

  • Download an application form from the website and email completed forms to Mr John Mills. Guidance notes are also available from the website.


The Elmgrant Trust

Charity Commission Number: 313398
E-mail: info@elmgrant.org.uk
Website: www.elmgrant.org.uk
Size of grants: Up to £50-£5,000
Funding preferences: 

  • South West of England
  • The encouragement of local life through education, the arts and the social sciences

Applications:

  • In writing to the correspondent. See the website for details of what is required


Eucalyptus Charitable Foundation

Charity Commission Number: 1041430
Address: c/o KPMG LLP, 100 Temple Street, Bristol BS1 6AG
E-mail: thehatchery@btinternet.com
Size of grants: £500 - £15,000
Funding preferences: UK but some preference for Devon

Applications:

  • In writing


The G F Eyre Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 216040
Contact: Mr Andrew Richards
Address: Francis Clark Chartered Accountants
Vantage Point, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5FD
E-mail: andrew.richards@francisclark.co.uk
Size of grants: £1,000-£5,000
Funding preferences:

  • UK with a preference for Dorset & Devon. 
  •  Charities for human medical research 
  • Relief of suffering and respite care 
  • Religious and heritage charities.

Applications:

  • In writing


The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 297901
Contact: Robert Fletcher, Trustee
Address: 68 Circus Mews, Bath BA1 2PW
Website: www.joycefletchercharitabletrust.co.uk
Size of grants: £500-£5,000
Funding preferences:

  • England, almost entirely south west
  • Music education and performance
  • Special needs education and performance involving music c 
  • Children's welfare

Applications:

  • In writing to the correspondent before 1 November each year


The Rosalind Hicks Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 1050135
Contact: Lynn Young
Address: Woollen Michelmore Solicitors
Carlton House, 30 The Terrace, Torquay TQ1 1BS
E-mail: lynn.young@wollenmichelmore.co.uk
Size of grants: £500 - £5,000
Funding preferences:

  • General charitable purposes

Applications:

  • In writing


The Marjorie and Geoffrey Jones Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 1051031
Contact: Sophia Honey, Administrator
Address: Carlton House
E-mail: sophia.honey@wollenmichelmore.co.uk
Size of grants: £1,000-£5,000
Funding preferences:

  • UK with a preference for the South West
  • General charitable purposes

Applications:

  • In writing to the correspondent
  • Trustees meet four times a year


The Leach Fourteenth Trust

Charity Commission Number: 204844
Contact: Guy Ward, Trustee
Address: Bathurst House, 86 Micklegate,York YO1 6LQ
E-mail: info@barronyork.co.uk
Size of grants: £500-£5,000
Funding preferences:

  • UK, with some preference for south west England
  • Medicine
  • Health
  • Disability 
  • Conservation

Applications:

  • Only registered charities
  • Apply in writing to the correspondent


The Clare Milne Trust

Charity Commission Number: 1084733
E-mail: milnetrust@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.claremilnetrust.com
Size of grants: £1,000-£25,000
Funding preferences:

  • Smaller effective charities with good volunteer support, working for disabled people in or close to Devon and Cornwall.

Applications:

  • Application form on the website

The Norman Family Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 277616
Website: www.nfct.org
Size of grants: £1,000-£37,000
Funding preferences: 

  • Primarily Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
  • General charitable purposes

Applications:

  • Application form and guidelines are on the website


The Susanna Peake Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 283462
Contact: The Administrator
Address: Rathbone Trust Company Limited
1 Curzon Street London W1J 5FB
E-mail: linda.cousins@rathbones.com
Size of grants: £500-£5,000
Funding preferences: 

  • Preference for South West, esp. Goucestershire
  • General charitable purposes

Applications:

  • In writing to the correspondent


Reeve Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 247219
Contact: Mr B H Beacham
Address: The Island, Lowman Green, Tiverton EX16 4LA
E-mail: charities@lowman.co.uk
Size of grants: Grants totalled £800
Funding preferences:

  • Devon and Somerset

Applications:

  • In writing


Mrs Pat Ripley's Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 290179
Contact: Lady Caroline Cameron
Address: Whitelackington Manor, Whitelackington, Ilminster TA19 9EG
E-mail: caroline@cameron2.com
Size of grants: Grants totalled £20,000
Funding preferences: 

  • Devon, Dorset & Somerset
  • Individuals or organisations working for the betterment of their local community and environment, especially through educational means

Applications:

  • In writing


Eric F Sparkes Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 233085
Contact: Miss Josephine Davies
Address: 20 Essex Street, London WC2R 3AL
Size of grants: £250-£3,500
Funding preferences:

  • UK, esp. Birmingham, Devon, South Wales & London
  • General charitable purposes

Applications:

  • In writing


The Studd Charitable Trust

Charity Commission Number: 264956
Contact: Charles Eyston, Trustee
Address: Diptford Court, Diptford, Totnes TQ9 7LY
Size of grants: Grants totalled £3,000
Funding preferences:

  • Preference for South West

Applications:

  • In writing to the correspondent