The Trust makes grants ranging in size and scope from under £5,000 to over £1m across four funding priorities, primarily to organisations that are located and/or deliver charitable activity in the North of England. We value open and trusting relationships with grantholders, and aim to respond practically to their needs. Our grants include exploratory funding for testing new approaches; core and unrestricted funding; capital funding; and project funding. The majority of our grants are multi-year commitments as we understand that change takes time.
More detail on our approach and priorities can be found here and our Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2021-22 is here. A full list of grantees supported in that year is here, with some analysis of our funding patterns here.
There are some organisations and activities that we do not fund: more information on exclusions can be viewed here.
As outlined in our Purpose Framework, we support activity across four themes: arts, environment, health and social inequalities. Within these broad, often overlapping, areas, we prioritise work around key areas of interest which have significant, particular resonance for one or more of the Trustees; where we feel that we can add value – beyond the financial – to work; and where there is clear need for support.
Supporting initiatives which tackle systemic inequalities and their impact on people’s lives and communities
Supporting medical research and patient care initiatives with selected organisations
Supporting nature based solutions to the climate crisis and enabling all communities to engage with the natural world
Supporting cultural vibrancy and the arts to enrich all communities and people