YAPP Foundation


Status:Open to applications


Maximum Turnover:£ 40,000
Maximum Value:£ 3,000


Grants are given to small registered charities in England and Wales for work with elderly people, children and young people aged five to 25 years, people with disabilities or mental health problems, people with a history of offending, addiction or abuse, and education and learning.

Value Notes

Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year for up to three years. Most grants are for more than one year because the Trust gives priority to ongoing needs and prefers to make a grant when other funding is coming to an end.

Extended Description

The Yapp Charitable Trust was originally two charitable trusts. These operated as The Yapp Welfare Trust and The Yapp Education and Research Trust until September 1999, when they were combined into The Yapp Charitable Trust. The Trust prioritises smaller charities tackling difficult or less popular work throughout England and Wales.

Latest Information

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Key Criteria

Small charities registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales can apply.

To be eligible, charities must:

  • Have their own charity registration number.
  • Have been formally established for at least three years.
  • Have a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000.
  • Be working with one of the priority groups as outlined in the Trust’s guidelines.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust will only fund running costs.

Grants are awarded for core funding, including the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year.

Funding is available for work that focuses on one of the following priority groups:

  • Elderly people.
  • Children and young people aged five to 25 years.
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges.
  • Social welfare - people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse and a history of offending.
  • Education and learning, with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children.

The Trustees give priority to:

  • Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders.
  • Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people.
  • Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers.
  • Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning.
  • Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users.

Applications that do not address at least two of the above priorities are unlikely to receive a grant.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Charities whose total annual expenditure is more than £40,000.
  • Charities that are not registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales.  Applicants must have their own charity number or be excepted from registration.
  • Industrial and Provident Societies and Community Interest Companies.
  • Branches of National Charities.
  • Charities with unrestricted reserves that equate to more than 12 months expenditure.
  • New organisations – applicants must have been operating as a fully-constituted charity for at least three years.
  • New work - the Trust provides continuation funding to sustain existing work that has been happening for at least a year.
  • New paid posts – even if the work is now being done by volunteers.
  • Additional activities, expansion or development plans.
  • Special events, trips or outings.
  • Capital expenditure - equipment, buildings, renovations, furnishings, minibuses.
  • Work with under-fives.
  • Childcare.
  • Holidays and holiday centres.
  • Core funding of charities that benefit the wider community such as general advice services and community centres unless a significant element of their work focuses on one of the Trust's priority groups.
  • Bereavement support.
  • Debt advice.
  • Community safety initiatives.
  • Charities raising money to give to another organisation, such as schools, hospitals or other voluntary groups.
  • Individuals - including charities raising funds to purchase equipment for or make grants to individuals.
  • Organisational budgets with a shortfall in excess of £10,000 in the first year.

Application Process      

Applications should be made by post or email and also include copies of the group's:

  • Latest set of accounts.
  • Annual report.
  • Any other relevant information.

Contact The Yapp Charitable Trust for further information.

Contact details:
Joanne Anderson
YAPP Charitable Trust
8 Leyburn Close
Urpeth Grange
Chester le Street
County Durham
Telephone:0191 4922118