The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Trust


The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust was set up in memory of two generations of the Ferguson family to promote their particular interests in education, international friendship and understanding, and the promotion of world peace and development.

Grants are given to charitable organisations involved in projects supporting the interests of the Trust, and also to individual students who are undertaking a gap year or studying for a PhD


Extended Description

Charitable organisations can be situated either in the UK or overseas but must be registered as a charity with the UK Charity Commission and will principally be educational bodies or aid organisations involved in projects supporting educational and development initiatives, including the promotion of world peace and development.

All grants made by the Trust are project based and must have an educational aim, element or content. In general the Trustees will not consider applications for core funding or the construction of buildings in the UK. Overseas, however, the Trustees will consider funding aid projects e.g. water treatment, food and medical supplies or the provision of basic facilities that are the pre-requisite of an educational or development initiative.

Grants made to charities during the year will vary both in size and amount, and will probably total between £5 million and £6 million. The amount of the grant is entirely at the discretion of the Trustees and no reason for giving, withholding or offering a partial grant will be made

Key Criteria            

Grants to charities will be on a matching funding basis only so that if the applicant has raised 50% of their budget the Trustees will consider awarding matching funding up to a maximum of 50%. However, if the applicant has raised less than 50% of their budget the Trustees will only consider awarding a maximum of 30% funding.

Evidence of actively seeking funds from other sources is seen by the Trustees as being a beneficial addition to any application.

Application Process

   When to apply

  • Applications by charities for small to medium grants (up to a maximum of £50,000) may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a regular basis.
  • Applications for larger grants will be considered at bi-annual meetings held in March and October and applications should be submitted at the very latest in the previous months i.e. February or September.

Please note: No repeat applications will be considered within three years of the conclusion of the grant term.

How to apply

  • We prefer where possible that you complete and submit the on-line application form on this website and email it to us. Alternatively you may download and print out the application form, complete it and send it by letter post. See the Contact Us page for address details.
  • Please do not extend the length of the forms, or add any attachments. Applications MUST NOT exceed 3 pages. Please use text size 12.
  • Please do not apply for more than one project.

All applications by email will be acknowledged and considered by the Trustees within 6 to 8 weeks. If you do not hear further, after the acknowledgement, then unfortunately your application has not been successful. If the Trustees do decide to award you a grant then they will contact you. No progress reports will be given and no correspondence will be entered into in the meantime.


Address & Contacts : Mr James Tee, High Street, Bishops Stortford, Herts, CM23 2LU, 01279 755200