Grants are available to registered UK charities that work with communities in the UK for projects that address specific categories set out by the Trust each year.
- Current Status
- Open for Applications
- Maximum value:
- £ 5,000
Objectives of Fund
The Trust operates a three-year rotation system, with different fields of interests being funded each year:
- In 2022, the focus is on the Arts. There will be a specific focus in the first two rounds on people in the early stages of their career, specifically performers and creatives. The third and fourth rounds will focus on projects that seek to address the under-representation of BAME people in all sections of the arts.
- In 2023, the first two rounds will be focused on rehabilitation of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and those at risk of offending. The third and fourth round on children and young people in care and care leavers.
The Trust awards grants of either £1,000 or £5,000 depending on the grant round:
- Round 1 – £1,000
- Round 2 – £5,000
- Round 3 – £1,000
- Round 4 – £5,000
The level of grant awarded is determined by the income of the charity:
- Grants of £1,000 are available for charities with an operating income of between £100,000 and £2 million.*
- Grants of £5,000 are available for charities with a minimum operating income of £1 million. There is no maximum level.
Charities may only apply for one grant per calendar year.
*This is for 2022 only. In 2023, it will revert to £1 million.
Who Can Apply
Organisations registered with the Charity Commission (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or OSCR, or exempt from registration, can apply.
The charity’s income level determines what level of funding it can apply for:
- Charities with an income of between £100,000 and £2 million* can apply for a grant of £1,000.
- Charities with an income of £1 million and above can apply for a grant of £5,000.
The Trust prefers to give to a charity’s headquarters; however, the Trust will consider applications from a local branch if it has a separate charity number.
Please note that grants are very rarely awarded to local charities that are not known by any of the Trustees.
*£2 million is the income threshold for 2022 applications only. In 2023, it will revert to a maximum of £1 million.
The following are not eligible for funding:
- Any not-for-profit organisation (eg social enterprise and community foundation) that is not a UK registered charity or organisation exempt from registration.
- Charities with an income of less than £100,000.
- Overseas projects.
- Capital projects, including churches, schools, hospitals, hospices, museums, galleries and theatres.
- Churches even when they are used by community groups.
- Schools, including activities.
- Village halls.
- Minibuses or other vehicles.
- Charities involved with religion (including repair of church fabric).
- Charities involved with animals (welfare and conservation).
- Individuals, including individuals embarking on a trip overseas with a charitable organisation.
- Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies.
- Sea Cadets.
- Holidays, including respite holidays.
The Trust operates a three-year rotation system, with different fields of interests being funded each year.
Support is available for the following priorities in 2022:
- Rounds 1 and 2 – The Arts: People in the early stages of their career.
- Performers and creatives
- Employees within arts organisations
- Rounds 3 and 4 – The Arts: BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities
- BAME performers
- Outreach projects within BAME communities
- Initiatives to increase participation with BAME communities
Support is available for the following priorities in 2023:
- Rounds 1 and 2 – Rehabilitation of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and those at risk of offending.
- Rounds 3 and 4 – Children and young people in care and care leavers.
The project must fall within the relevant category for the year the application is submitted and organisations may only make one application during any one year.
How To Apply
There will be four grant rounds in 2022. The application window for:
- Round 1 will close on 28 February 2022.
- Round 2 will open on 1 April 2022 and close on 30 April 2022.
- Round 3 will open on 1 July 2022 and close on 31 July 2022.
- Round 4 will open on 1 September 2022 and close on 30 September 2022.
Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust’s website. The Trust no longer accepts applications submitted by post.
Applicants should first read the guidelines and FAQs before starting the application process.
Charities can only apply for one round per calendar year.
The Trust publishes a list of successful applicants after the trustee meetings. Those who have received funding will find their name on the Trust’s website in the ‘Successful Applicants’ section.
Contact the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust by email for further information. The Trust does not accept telephone calls.