Funding Guidelines

These guidelines set out Trustees’ current priorities, agreed in November 2014, which determine whether favourable consideration should be given to applicants for financial assistance from the Trust.

Eligible Applicants
Applicants must be UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions. The Trustees do not accept applications from individuals (except overseas PhD students).

Historic Buildings
The Trustees will consider supporting the repair and conservation of buildings, artefacts and important historic gardens of the Georgian period or earlier.  They are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact. 

Church Furnishings
The Trustees support the conservation of church features and furnishings of the Georgian and earlier periods, including monuments, tombs, wall paintings, historically-important glass, and furniture and fittings such as pulpits, fonts and pews. The Trustees do not support structural repairs to church buildings.

Museums and other institutions with historic collections
The Trustees support the conservation and acquisition of items for historic collections, with preference given to objects of the Georgian period or earlier.  Conservation projects may include surveys and assessments, remedial work and the cost of meeting specialist conservation requirements. Trustees do not normally fund exhibitions or educational and/or audience development activities.

Arts
The Trustees support projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on new works.  They will consider supporting Master Classes and performances at Festivals. The Trustees do not support general outreach projects or educational and/or audience development activities.

The Trustees do not make grants for:

  • general education projects;
  • community and outreach projects;
  • domestic or overseas social welfare;
  • schools or school buildings;
  • individual students (except overseas PhD students);
  • projects promoting religion;
  • natural environment or wildlife projects;
  • medicine;
  • expeditions.

General guidance
The Trustees are unlikely to support grant applications from an organisation in two consecutive financial years (the Trust’s financial year is 1st August – 31st July).
Applications in respect of projects that are the subject of major Heritage Lottery Fund bids must have secured Stage 2 funding before consideration by the Trustees