The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust

  • Grant Range: £750 to £10,000
  • Closing Date: Rolling grants programme
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About the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust Fund supports registered charities, exempted and excepted organisations, whose activities benefit residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Priority will be given to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community and the quality of life of individuals within that community.

Grants are available to support core and project costs, and will generally range from £750 to £10,000; the Fund aims to prioritise projects for which a Willan grant will represent a significant contribution to delivery of the work.

What is funding available for?

Examples of projects that the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust will fund include:

  • Projects that meet the needs of communities experiencing high levels of deprivation.
  • Self-help initiatives that improve local quality of life.
  • Services for young people that address educational needs or offer diversion from crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Projects assisting local communities affected by crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Art projects that help tackle deprivation or improve local quality of life.
  • The work of youth organisations and, in particular, the Sea Cadets, Scouts, Guides, Boys’ Brigades and other uniformed organisations. Grants here will not generally exceed £1,500.
  • Projects that draw on the region’s rich maritime tradition to deliver improvements in local quality of life or address deprivation.
  • Gap year voluntary work through Project Trust. Grants are limited to a maximum of £500 towards expenses in undertaking a voluntary placement. Applicants must normally reside in the North East region.

The Fund will tend to weight its support towards local registered charities, including those operating as branches of national charities. The preference is for charities with expenditure of less than £1m in the North East. Applications from national charities are welcomed, but only for projects that solely benefit the North East. Applicants should provide evidence that they are well placed to meet identified needs within the region, indicating why support from local funders is essential.

Applicants with more than six months’ running costs in reserve will not usually be considered for a grant, unless the application demonstrates that funding the project from reserves will reduce them to an imprudent level.

Willan grants are for a maximum of one year, although continuation funding will be considered on an annual basis. However, the Fund will not normally award more than three grants to an organisation in any six-year period.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcomed from registered charities, exempted or excepted organisations, based in, or benefiting, residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside.

Other organisations and community groups may not apply, unless they are working in partnership with a registered charity, which will act as the lead organisation and apply on their behalf.

The trustees tend to weight their support towards local charitable organisations, including those operating as branches of national charities. The Trustees preference is for charities with expenditure of less than £1m in the North East.

Applications from national charities are welcomed, but only for projects that solely benefit the North East. Applicants should provide evidence that they are well placed to meet identified needs within the region, indicating why support from local funders is essential.

Applicants with more than six months’ running costs in reserve will not usually be considered for a grant, unless the application demonstrates that funding the project from reserves will reduce them to an imprudent level.

Willan grants are for a maximum of one year, although continuation funding will be considered on an annual basis. However, the trustees will not normally consider more than three applications in any six-year period.

What will not be funded

In addition to standard Community Foundation exclusions, the Fund will not normally consider grants for:

  • trips abroad
  • individuals, except Project Trust applications from residents of the benefit area
  • projects focused on heritage and the environment, scientific and/or medical research

unless these address deprivation and/or enrich local communities, improving local quality of life.

Applicants that do not provide feedback on previous awards will not generally be considered for further funding.

How do we apply for a grant?

To apply, please click apply online above

The Fund Panel meets in March, June, September and December. Applications will be considered at the next scheduled meeting, provided they are received by the 15th of the preceding month. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible to ensure they are considered at the next available meeting.

All applicants to the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust Fund are contacted with the outcome of their application; if you do not hear from us within one month from the date of your application, please contact us for advice.

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