Woodward Charitable Trust

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline: 31 July, 2018


Grants are available to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion amongst minority groups.


Maximum Turnover:£ 300,000
Minimum Value:£ 100

Value Notes

The Trust offers the following grants:
  • Small grants of between £100 and £5,000 (around 100 grants are made per year).
  • Large grants of over £5,000 (around five grants are made per year and these are usually awarded to charities already known to the Trustees).
Prospective applicants should be aware that only 22% of the 863 applications received last year were successful.

Extended Description

The Woodward Charitable Trust, a grant-making trust, is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The Trusts share a common administration, but are otherwise independent of each other.

The funding is for charitable organisations in the UK, especially those which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate. The trust's grant-making continues to be primarily reactive but with some selected projects initiated by the trustees.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2018

Key Criteria

UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £300,000 can apply.

The Trust is particularly interested in helping smaller organisations which offer direct services

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is primarily for one-off projects, though the Trustees are willing to consider funding running costs, including core cost and salaries.

To be eligible, activities must address the Trust's current funding priorities:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behavior.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported as well as requests to help prisoners’ families
  • Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting.
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled.
  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travelers.

The Trustees favor small-scale, locally based initiatives.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must state any funding from other sources.


The Trustees do not fund unsolicited applications for the following:

  • Charities whose annual turnover exceeds £300,000.
  • Construction projects such as playgrounds, village halls, and disabled access.
  • General school appeals including out of hours provision.
  • Hospices.
  • Medical research.
  • Parish facilities.
  • Playgroups and pre-school groups.
  • Requests for vehicles.
  • Individuals in any capacity.
  • Educational fees.

Application Procedure

Applications are normally considered twice a year, usually in March and October.

Application forms can be found on the Trust's website. All applications must be supported by a detailed project budget. Applicants are asked not to send their annual report and accounts, unless these are unavailable on the Charity Commission website.

Please note that large grants are usually awarded to charities already known to the Trustees. Before submitting an application for a large grant, applicants must contact the administrator. Applications will automatically be rejected unless they have first been discussed with the administrator.

Contact The Woodward Charitable Trust for further information.

Addresses and contacts

For applications please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Mrs Karin Hooper
Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
The Woodward Charitable Trust
The Peak
5 Wilton Road
Telephone:020 7410 0330