The Trust has designated a Special Fund for smaller charities to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority will be given to existing and recent grant recipients and to charities working in the areas of homelessness, food supplies, domestic violence, mental health, young people and older people.

Grants of up to £5,000 may be made to cover core costs or to fund operational changes made in response to the crisis.

Applications should be submitted by email to and the Trust will endeavour to award grants to successful applicants within a month.

Special Category

The Special Category for 2020-2021 is for smaller charities supporting prisoners and ex-offenders.  Most special category applications are considered at a Trustees’ meeting in November.

The Trust may contact charities that have applied previously.

Charities that fit within the special category may send an introductory email to the Company Secretary at describing their activities and their specific funding needs for the relevant year.

Thereafter, only charities that are specifically invited to apply will be considered. The Trust does not have an application form.

The Company Secretary or a Trustee may wish to visit applicant charities prior to consideration of a grant.

The Trust makes grant payments by direct transfer so bank details should be provided with the application.