Tudor Trust

Status: Open to applications


Funding is available for work in the UK that aims to build stronger communities and tries to meet the many different needs of people at the margins of society.


Average value: No maximum or minimum level of grant

Value Notes

There is no maximum or minimum level of grant. In some situations the Trust may make a loan.

Most grants are made over one, two or three years. The Trust understands that tackling deep-rooted problems takes time so funding is sometimes available over a longer period, usually by making a further grant following on from the original one. However, applicants should be aware that the Trust's funding cannot continue indefinitely.

The Trust also engages with the groups it supports by offering advice and development support where this is needed.

Extended Description

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust which supports organisations working across the UK.  It funds a wide range of people and organisations working to build stronger communities.

The Trust aims to support work which tries to meet the many different needs of people at the margins of society. The Trust is interested in how organisations tackle these needs, and their root causes, as well as wanting to encourage progress, development and fresh ideas rather than keeping things as they are


Latest Information

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Key Criteria

Voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK are eligible to apply.

Organisations must have a constitution and a bank account.

The Trust's focus is on funding smaller forward-looking groups that are led by capable and committed people.

The Trust is looking to fund organisations with the following characteristics:

  • Organisations working directly with people who are at the margins of society.
  • A focus on building stronger communities by overcoming isolation and fragmentation and encouraging inclusion, connection and integration.
  • Organisations which are embedded in their community and which can identify and channel the potential within that community – whether the local area or a ‘community of interest’.
  • Organisations which can demonstrate that they listen to and are responsive to their users.
  • Organisations which are thoughtful in their use of resources and which foster community resilience in the face of environmental, economic or social change.

The Trust is more likely to fund groups with an annual turnover of less than £1 million. However, grants are sometimes made to larger groups, particularly for work which could be influential or which a smaller organisation would not have the capacity to deliver. Larger organisations are advised to contact the Trust before making an application.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for a wide range of people and organisations working to build stronger communities. The Trust does not have specific funding programmes designed to advance a particular agenda as it believes that the groups it supports are best placed to identify problems and develop solutions.

Grants can be used for the following:

  • Core organisational costs, such as salaries and day-to-day running costs.
  • Project grants.
  • Capital grants for buildings or equipment.
  • Grants to help strengthen the organisation.



Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals, or organisations applying on behalf of individuals.
  • Larger charities (both national and local) enjoying widespread support.
  • Statutory bodies.
  • Hospitals, health authorities or hospices.
  • Medical care, medical equipment or medical research.
  • Universities, colleges or schools.
  • Academic research, scholarships or bursaries.
  • Nurseries, playgroups or crèches.
  • One-off holidays, residentials, trips, exhibitions, conferences, events etc.
  • Animal charities.
  • The promotion of religion.
  • The restoration or conservation of buildings or habitats (where there isn’t a strong social welfare focus).
  • Work outside the UK.
  • Endowment appeals.
  • Work that has already taken place.

Organisations that have previously been refused funding by the Trust should not re-apply until at least 12 months after the date of the refusal letter.


Application Procedure

The Trust operates a two-stage application process.  Applicants must initially submit a first-stage proposal which will go through an initial assessment process.  In some cases, the Trust will contact applicants to discuss their proposal.

The first-stage proposal is made up of:

  • A brief introductory letter on the organisation’s letterhead. Applicants should use this letter to set the organisation's work in context or provide information which does not sit comfortably elsewhere.
  • A completed organisation details sheet. This can be found at the end of the guidelines which can be downloaded from the Trust's website.
  • Answers to the following questions, on no more than two sides of A4:
    • What work does the organisation do?
    • What practical difference does the organisation want to make?
    • About the community the organisation works with and the challenges it is currently facing.
    • What strengths and opportunities does the organisation see in the community?
    • How can Tudor best help the organisation?
  • A copy of the organisation's most recent annual accounts, and annual report (if applicable).

Applications should be posted to the Trust.  Applications submitted by email or fax will not be accepted. 

Organisations successful at stage one will be contacted by the Grants Team to discuss the second-stage application process.

Contact the Tudor Trust for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available to download please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Enquiries Tudor Trust
7 Ladbroke Grove
W11 3BD
Telephone:020 7727 8522