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The Wharfedale Foundation to spend out its resources by December 2025

The Wharfedale Foundation

The Foundation will provide grants of £500 - £25,000 over the next 2 years in 4 application rounds, to organisations operating in Y&H under 3 priority areas: breaking down barriers in society; integration of marginalised groups; tackling disadvantage.

What we fund

Grants for not-for-profit organisations with income under £300,000 for projects in Yorkshire & Humber addressing divisions in society and bringing communities closer together.

Grants will be for up to £10,000 over 1 or 2 years for organisations with an annual income of under £150,000. Grants will be for up to £25,000 for organisations with an annual income of under £300,000.  We encourage applications particularly from smaller organisations.

We will fund projects/activities/core and development costs (including staff salaries, training, pilot projects, on-going services etc.) and are particularly keen to support organisations to be more sustainable.

Our priorities are: breaking down of barriers in society, the integration of marginalised groups in communities and tackling disadvantage.  

Who can apply

We are open to applications from:

  • registered charities
  • charitable companies
  • charitable incorporated organisations (CIO)
  • Community Interest Companies (CIC). 

(CIC's must be limited by guarantee, with at least 3 unrelated directors and no persons with significant control and have an asset lock).

  • voluntary/community/faith organisations (with a constitution)
  • other non-profit organisations will be considered

When can you apply

Applications will be considered over 2024-2025 over 4 rounds:

  1. Round 1 opens on 1/3/24 to 22/3/24 for expressions of interest, with full applications invited to submit between 1/4/24 - 26/4/2024
  2. Round 2 opens on 6/9/24 to 27/9/24 for expressions of interest, with full applications invited to submit between 7/10/24 - 1/11/2024

There will be 2 further rounds in 2025.

How to apply

Organisations are asked to submit a brief expression of interest on the Foundation's website to check eligibility. If eligible applicants will be sent a full application form.

Further information

The Foundation will also be running short Meet the Funder on-line information sessions where you can find out more.  These will be:

  • Thursday 22nd February at 2pm register here;
  • Wednesday 6th March at 6pm register here
  • We will also be delivering a session in partnership with Community Matters Yorkshire on Monday 18th March register here

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About the Warfedale Foundation

The Wharfedale Foundation was established in 2009 and has distributed grants totalling more than £300,000 to date.

When the Foundation was originally set up the founders were clear in their intention to support a broad range of causes tackling isolation and exclusion, integrating marginalised groups and tacking disadvantage all to pursue their aim of building stronger, more inclusive communities.

Over the ensuing years the Trustees have pursued this approach and continued to support charities with similar aims and objectives to those organisations originally funded by the founding trustees.

Furthermore, a steadfast commitment to provide unrestricted core funding has been at the forefront of the provision of grants with minimal reporting required, thus entrusting the organisations supported to continue to deliver their objectives.

With the unprecedented recent effects on society, through the pandemic and current cost of living crisis, there is a stark increase in the dependence being placed upon civil society as a source of intervention.

With the acknowledgement that there is much immediate need for financial support the Trustees have decided to act now by concentrating on the spending of the Trust’s remaining resources within a specific timeframe.

This will be achieved by providing a limited number of larger grants over the next two years to have a greater impact on the sustainability of struggling smaller grassroots organisations and projects.

Uell Kennedy, the chair of Trustees said, ‘’By adopting a spend down strategy this will focus the trustees to utilise the resources of the Foundation in a targeted way to achieve the Trust’s objectives at a time of unparalleled need.’’