Volant Charitable Trust

Status: Open to applications check website for deadlines


Grants are available for registered charities in the UK undertaking projects to help poverty and social deprivation, particularly children's and women's issues.

Value Notes

No minimum or maximum amount is specified in the guidelines.  The Trustees are prepared to support a charity by way of regular annual payments, but only in exceptional circumstances would grants exceed three years.

Extended Description

The Volant Charitable Trust, established in 2000 by JK Rowling, offers grants to registered charities in the UK.

The funding is intended to support organisations undertaking projects to aid those who are suffering poverty and social deprivation. In particular the scheme wishes to support projects that focus on women's and children's issues.

Latest Information

Second 2015 deadline: 26 June 2015.

Key Criteria

Registered charities in the UK are eligible to apply.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust has two broad areas of funding:

  • Research into the causes, treatment and possible cures of Multiple Sclerosis. The Trust is not considering any health care applications, including other medical research, for the foreseeable future.
  • Charities and projects, whether national or community-based, at home or abroad, that alleviate social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on women’s and children’s issues. The Trustees have chosen to fund major disaster appeals as the focus of the Trust’s International support; therefore, applications for projects overseas are not being considered.


The Trust will not support applications from individuals who are seeking assistance for a specific project or charitable work which that individual may be carrying out, or to relieve a need due to illness or similar circumstances.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to download from the Trust's website and should be completed and returned, along with any supporting materials by post to the relevant address. 

Applications should not be hand delivered. Applications are not accepted by email or fax.

On receipt of the application, the Trust will send an acknowledgement; however, due to the quantity of applications received, there will be no further communications unless the application is successful.  All successful applications will be at the discretion of the Trustees.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms on the funders website.

Contact details:
Trust Adminisrator
Volant Charitable Trust
196 Rose Street