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Wharfedale Foundation – Funding in Yorkshire and the Humber

The Wharfedale Foundation is a Trust that has its roots in the Christian tradition.  The Turst recognises a common practical vision of a better world with those of other faith traditions and none supports initiatives that bring people together to gain understanding of other faiths and cultures and to work in partnership to improve the neighbourhoods in which they live.  The Trust aims to fund projects that address the divisions in our society by developing greater understanding of social justice and diversity.

Main Funding Programme –  a two stage process for organisations with an income of up to £250,000. Although the Trust may award up to £5,000 this is exceptional, the typical grant is normally around £2,000-£3,000.

Small Grants Programme – a one stage process  for smaller organisations with an income of less than £50,000  seeking grants of up to £500.

The Trust funds projects:

  • that focus on neighbourhoods and communities of interest
  • wher​e people are developing lasting relationships at a grassroots level
  • with the potential for positive, longer term change
  • that are willing to try out new ways of working that others can learn from
  • promoting the inclusion of people experiencing the most social and economic hardship
  • that enable people to be agents of change in their own lives and communities

Selection criteria

Projects applying for funding need to:

  • be located within the Yorkshire and Humber region
  • be able to demonstrate longer term financial and project planning, involving multiple streams of funding
  • demonstrate innovative or creative ways of addressing areas of concern
  • demonstrate how change and transformation can be achieved in one or more of the following ways:creating greater inclusivity by breaking down barriers of fear based on for example religious, cultural, ethnic or social difference or financial hardship
  • integrating marginalised groups into mainstream society and promoting a welcoming culture
  • aiding the integration of marginalised groups through environmental projects
  • developing greater understanding of these issues through carrying out research.

The Trust will not fund:

  • capital projects
  • core organisational costs
  • salaries where there is no indication of how the post will be sustainable in the future
  • general appeals or projects that do not actively seek to address divisions in society
  • applications from individuals, although the Trust will consider groups who apply wishing to set up bursary funds to support individuals

Outline deadlines for 2019:

  • 12 July 2019
  • 13 September 2019

See what the Trust has funded in previous years here

Find out more and apply here

Posted on 7th May 2019 in Funding and awards