Wakeham Trust

Status: Open for applications


The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. They also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities).

Value Notes

They normally give grants to projects where an initial £75 to £750 can make a real difference to getting the project up and running.



Key Criteria

Your organisation is a U.K. registered charity. if you are not a UK registered charity, then they can usually get round this by making a grant to a registered charity in your area, which then will pass the money directly on to your project.

They do not make contributions to large appeals, such as for buildings or minibuses.

They never support individuals (eg to pay for a course) and we very seldom support inward-looking groups (consciousness-raising, for example).


Eligible Expenditure

They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups. They try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.

Below are outlined the general criteria they use when assessing applications.

  • It is something new for this particular area. It doesn't matter if the idea is tried and tested in other parts of the country. If it is new for this community then we are interested in hearing about it.
  • It is small. 
  • It does not employ staff. This is partly a function of size - once a project is big enough for staff, it is probably too big for us. It is also a function of philosophy - we believe in helping ordinary people who wish to help others. All the projects they support have, as a common theme, the empowerment of ordinary non-professional people.
  • It is not well established. They help those projects that are too new and experimental to get support through established fund raising channels, or which (if established) are under threat due to changes in national or local policy.
  • It has the potential to become self-supporting. They also like to see that projects have done some fundraising for themselves (eg jumble sales) even if the amounts raised are small, before they commit their own funds.

It is outward looking and helps a lot of people. They are especially keen to help groups who are usually considered recipients of voluntary action (for example old age pensioners or young offenders) when these people themselves become involved in helping other groups in the community.

Application Procedure

Applications may be submitted at any time

Addresses and contacts

For more information please visit their website