Steel Charitable Trust


Grants are available to registered charities in the UK working in the areas of arts and heritage, education, environment, health, or social and economic disadvantage.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for projects that make a real impact in the areas of arts and heritage; education; environment; health; and social or economic disadvantage.

Value Notes

The minimum grant size is £10,000. Awards of more than £25,000 are rare.

The Trust awards between 100 and 150 grants per year but receives many more applications than it has funds to support. In recent years, approximately 10 to 12% of applications received were successful (since the COVID-19 outbreak the success rate has dropped to under 4%).

Charitable organisations from, or operating in, Luton and Bedfordshire that seek a grant of less than £10,000 should check the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation website.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from:

  • Charities, including CIOs, registered in any part of the UK.
  • Exempt Charities as defined in schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011 and their equivalent in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Municipally-funded museums not included in schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011.

Organisations may have more than one structure, ie be a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. As long as it is a registered charity, it is eligible to apply.

All applicants must have an annual turnover of over £50,000 (defined as 100% of charitable income plus proceeds from any trading income).

Most grants are awarded to organisations whose beneficiaries are inside the UK, regardless of nationality, culture or ethnic origin. Trustees will consider applications for grants that benefit people living outside the UK but only if the charity that applies is registered in the UK.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Charities registered outside the United Kingdom.
  • Charities that do not have one year of accounts behind them.
  • Community Interest Companies or other company structures of a not-for-profit nature.
  • Political parties.
  • Expeditions.
  • Promotion of religion.

Charities that have been awarded a grant, or have been unsuccessful, may not re-apply within 12 months.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust awards funding in the following five core categories:

  • Arts and Heritage.
  • Education.
  • Environment.
  • Health.
  • Social or Economic Disadvantage.

There are no focus areas within the categories of Arts and Heritage, Education or Environment.

Applications made from 21 October 2021 until 20 October 2023, for the Health category, should have a focus on one of the following:

  • Programmes and activities that aim to support, maintain and improve mental health in any demographic.
  • Health care for older people.

Applications made from 21 October 2021 until 20 October 2023, for the Social or Economic Disadvantage category, should have a focus on one of the following:

  • Disadvantaged children.
  • Housing and homeless people.

Applicants may apply for support towards:

  • Capital works.
  • Specific projects.
  • Core costs.

How To Apply

The deadlines for applications are: 20 January, 20 April, 20 July and 20 October each year.

Applications are considered at meetings that take place in March, June, September and December.

Applications must be made using the Trust’s online application form.

Contact the Steel Charitable Trust for further information – Click Here to visit their website