Funding Alerts

Garfield Weston Foundation

by | Jan 19, 2018 |

Of interest to Organisations dealing wit rts, Community, Education, Environment, Faith, Health, Museums & Heritage, Welfare, Youth

The Garfield Weston Foundation has £5m to support capital projects for new or improved facilities in local communities.


Eligibility Quiz

What For?

Types of Grant

The types of grant they make, whatever their size, tend to fall into one of three categories – Capital, Revenue (often called ‘core costs’) and Project work.


By Capital they mean bricks and mortar or tangible things such as a building project, repairs or equipment. A grant is unlikely to be more than 10% of the total  project cost.
Grants for Capital projects that benefit local communities (e.g. repairs and refurbishments of village halls, community centres, places of worship, schools etc) are typically UNDER £30,000 and are made when applicants can demonstrate that they have raised funds locally, that their project is valued by the community and they have identified approximately half the costs of the project already.


Revenue/Core Costs

These grants are made towards the costs of you ctivity. Revenu rants are sometimes referred to as ‘core costs’ –  typically they are unrestricted which can be used for th eneral costs and expenses your organisation incurs i rder to deliver its work.  These can include elements such as rent, utilities and salaries.  Please bear in mind they can only provide a proportion of your costs – this proportion varies depending on the size of your charity though it is unlikely to be greater than 10% of your total costs.


Project Costs

If you have a specific project or activity that you need funds for, then you can apply for this.  Include all the costs involved in delivering the project including staff cost nd a reasonable percentage of overheads if relevant.  They recommend that you have around half of your funding identified before applying to the Foundation.

They encourage organisations to develop a sustainable funding base so that they are not overly reliant on one funder. Their Trustees therefore will consider a grant TOWARDS your costs, but are unlikely to fund the total costs of a project of a large proportion of your total expenditure. Their Trustees are experienced grant-makers and will use their judgement as to what they feel is appropriate and are able to give to a charity. You therefore do not have to specify an amount in your application unless you wish to do so – simply outline the cost of your work/project, what funds are secured to date and what the current shortfall is.



The Foundation continues to support organisations that delight and inspire audiences across the UK and bring a range of benefits to people of all ages and backgrounds.


The Foundation is pleased to make a significant volume of grants every year to Community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers.


A consistent theme of the Foundation is the importance placed on support for education and learning, both within formal school settings and lifelong learning projects.


The Foundation supports a range of projects across the UK from practical conservation to education work and volunteering.


The Foundation supports communities by providing funds towards practical projects such as facilities in church buildings and inclusive activities for the wider community.


This category spans practical support such as helplines and information services as well as Capital projects in healthcare settings such as hospices.

Museums & Heritage

The Foundation continues to support organisations that conserve and interpret our nation’s heritage, enabling it to be accessible and enjoyed by all.


This category supports charities working with people who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged and who need assistance to improve their lives.


The Foundation is proud to fund organisations that support and inspire young people to reach their potential and thrive.


How Much?

Grant Programmes

They have two grant programmes which depend on the size of the grant being requested:

Regular Grants – For applications below £100,000.

Major Grants – For application of £100,000 or more.


Regular Grants – For applications below £100,000.  These applications are reviewed by our Trustees on an ongoing basis so there are no specific deadlines to worry about.

Major Grants – For application of £100,000 or more. These are reviewed at one of the Foundation’s eight Board meetings a year and are carefully planned in advance to be fair to all applicants.  If you are considering applying for a major grant, please start by sending a one page summary to Grace da Rocha via outlining what you are raising funds for, the total cost and fundraising target.  They can give you bespoke guidance on whether you are eligible.  Please note that if you are applying for £100,000 or more they typically expect your project and/or annual income to be in excess of £1 million.  Please do not apply for a major grant through their website.