Denise Coates Foundation


Status:Open to applications


Fund Value:£ 10,000,000

Maximum Value:£ 250,000

Minimum Value:£ 20,000


Large grants are available to registered charities in England that are carrying out charitable work at the local, national or international level and who will use the funding to enrich the lives of those that they exist to support.

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The Foundation tends to offer large grants for large projects.

Last year the Foundation awarded £3.6 million in grants to 23 charities, 22 of which each received grants of more than £20,000.

Extended Description

With funding from its single corporate donor, the Denise Coates Foundation, previously known as the bet365 Foundation, provides grants to registered charities in England.

The funding is intended for charities working locally, nationally or internationally that will use the resources to enrich the lives of those that they exist to support.

In particular, the Foundation provides funding for charitable projects in the following areas:

  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Education and training.
  • Medical research and development.
  • Disaster recovery and emergency relief.
  • Community development.
  • Arts and culture.

Latest Information

Applications can be made at any time.

Key Criteria

Charities registered in England that are working at the local, national or international level can apply.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation supports charitable activities in the following categories:

  • Health and wellbeing. Grants have been given to hospices registered as charities for equipment, a minibus, and to build a new facility. Internationally, funding has supported the first year of a two-year project to deliver improved sanitation, hygiene and understanding of public health.
  • Education and Training. The Foundation is ‘committed to trying to make a difference, giving people an opportunity to realise their potential by helping to ‘level the playing field”. It has provided funding to two universities to support students from the local area who have disadvantaged backgrounds. Internationally, it has given funding to a college in Trent Vale, England to help set up a project in Sierra Leone which aims to provide severely disadvantaged children with access to education and training that will ultimately provide them with the skills to earn a living.
  • Medical Research and Development. Funding for medical research to advance treatments and to potentially deliver cures for diseases and conditions that can have a devastating impact upon individuals suffering directly and those close to them. Funding has been awarded in support of three medical research programmes, two of which are focused upon research in the field of dementia and one upon lung function in pre-term babies.
  • Disaster Recovery and Emergency Relief. At the height of the Ebola crisis in West Africa the Foundation made two significant donations to support the "on-the-ground" efforts to combat the effects and spread of the virus.
  • Community Development. Funding has been awarded to a charity that works with young people to help develop a premises that provides employment for young people with whom the charity works and to provide opportunities to gain experience and skills.
  • Arts and Culture. Funding has been given locally to campaigns to save two historically important pottery collections as well as to a local theatre and nationally to a recognised art gallery.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations that are not registered charities.
  • Organisations based outside of England.

Application Procedure

The Trust does not currently maintain a website or an email account.

Applicants will need to make a formal application and presentation to the Trustees.

Applicants are invited to present their proposals to the Foundation's Trustees detailing how a donation would be used and the benefits that it would deliver. The Trustees assess how the proposal aligns to the Foundation's objectives in order to determine whether or not to grant a donation.

Applicants should write to the Denise Coates Foundation for further information.

Address & Contacts

Contact details:
Mr Simon Galletley
Denise Coates Foundation
Bet365 Foundation
c/o Baker Tilly
Festival Way
Festival Park
Telephone:08456 000365