The Dulverton Trust

Status: Open for applications



Grants are available for projects in the fields of: youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; and preservation.  The majority of the Trust's work is in support of national and regional charities operating in England (excluding Greater London), Scotland and Wales.


Maximum Value:£ 35,000

Average Value:£ 24,000 

Value Notes

The Trust offers two categories of grant:

  • Major Grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000.
  • Minor Grants of up to £5,000.

Single year grants over a one-year period and occasionally longer-term support, usually up to three years, is available.

Extended Description

Funding is provided by The Dulverton Trust.

The objective of the Trust is to support charities working in areas where there is a significant amount of deprivation and particularly where a grant would make a real difference to the recipients.

Funding is available for projects in the fields of: youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; and preservation. 

Key Criteria                                                                                                                                                           

Registered charities, including those registered as a company limited by guarantee and CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations) are eligible to apply. Organisations working in Scotland, Wales and England, excluding Greater London, are eligible.

Organisations must:

  • Operate at at least city or county level.
  • Have an annual income greater than £200,000 and less than £15 million. Newly established charities and preservation charities are exempt for the minimum income rule.

Minor Grants are available to locally operating charities with an income of below £200,000 in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Cumbria.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust operates within six categories of activity:

  • Youth Opportunities - This is the Trust's largest category and it aims to support charities that help disadvantaged children and young people to adopt a more positive attitude to their lives, raise their aspirations and realise their full potential. Support is available for a wide range of charities working in this area, including those providing advice and skills training, help with finding employment, engagement with local communities and volunteering opportunities. The Trust is particularly interested in those charities using early-intervention initiatives to ensure children from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds are given a fairer chance to develop their social, employment and life skills. The Trust also believes in the character-building value of challenging outdoor activities, such as adventure training, that encourage leadership and team spirit and has long supported charities that give children from deprived urban areas the opportunity to experience and value the countryside.
  • General Welfare - The Trust supports a wide range of activities that benefit disadvantaged people and communities with a particular interest in the following:
    • Strengthening and supporting family relationships.
    • Early intervention to support the welfare of children in disadvantaged families and looked after children.
    • Helping young homeless people to move forward.
    • Maintaining active living and independence for older people. This does not include help with medical and mental health problems or disability.
    • The welfare of those who care for others. Priority is generally given to charities working on a national level.
    • Developing tolerance and understanding between faiths and communities.
    • The promotion of social cohesion.
  • Conservation - The Trust is keen to support the general conservation and protection of wildlife habitats within the United Kingdom.  The Trust also encourages projects concerning the protection and sympathetic management of trees and native woodland.  Single species appeals are rarely considered.
  • Preservation - The Trust encourages the development of craftsmanship in the traditional techniques of repair and restoration. Because the Trust gives annual grants to the National Churches Trust and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust for churches in the United Kingdom, it is very rarely able to consider applications from individual churches.
  • Peace and Humanitarian Support - This is a restricted category concerned with:
    • Peace intervention.
    • Charities that provide support facilities or expertise to organisations engaged in disaster relief.
  • Africa - Unless there are exceptional circumstances, assistance is given only to a very small number of organisations operating in Kenya or Uganda which have a long association with the Trust and which usually operate in the fields of education and conservation.

While the Trust has a broadly Christian ethos, applications are welcome from other faith and non-faith charities. Priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community. 


 .The Trust will not usually award grants for the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Museums, galleries, libraries, exhibition centres and heritage attractions.
  • Individual churches and other historic buildings (except for limited support under the Preservation category).
  • Individual schools, colleges, universities or other educational establishments.
  • Hospices, hospitals, nursing or residential care homes.
  • Activities outside the Trust's geographical scope.
  • Charities whose main beneficiaries live within Greater London or in Northern Ireland.
  • Regional charities that are affiliated with a national body (for example, local Scout groups).
  • Health, medicine and medical conditions, including drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Therapy and counselling.
  • Specific support for people with disabilities.
  • The arts, including theatre, music and drama, except where used as a means of achieving one of the funding priorities.
  • Sport, including sports centres and individual playing field projects, except where used as a means of achieving one of the funding priorities.
  • Animal welfare or projects concerning the protection of single species.
  • Expeditions and individuals volunteering overseas.
  • Research, unless it is linked to a project that meets the priorities.
  • Conferences, events, cultural festivals, and exhibitions.
  • Salaries for specific posts, but consideration may be given to funding salaries in the context of a multi-year grant.
  • Major building projects, including the purchase of property or land.
  • Endowments.
  • Disabiltity projects. 

Payment Procedure

Payment will usually be received in a one-off sum for a one year period.

Application Procedure

Applications are accepted at any time.

There are two different application processes:

  • Major Grants: Applications should be made using the online application process available on the Dulverton Trust website. Applications may be made at any time and will be considered in February, June and October.
  • Minor Grants: Applicants should refer to the appropriate Community Foundation for the application procedure. Minor Grants: applicants should refer to the appropriate Community Foundation for the application procedure.

Further guidance and details and can be found on the Dulverton Trust website.

Contact details:
Dulverton Trust 
The Dulverton Trust 
5 St James's Place 
London SW1A 1NP
020 7495 7852