Funding Policy and Application Guidelines
The Wharfedale Foundation is a Trust that has its roots in the Christian tradition. We recognise a common practical vision of a better world with those of other faith traditions and none. We therefore support 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. We aim to fund projects that address the divisions in our society by developing greater understanding of social justice and diversity. We provide grants of up to £5,000 (or £10,000 spread over two years).
Update May 2017 - prospective applicants are advised that only small grants (that is, less than £1,000) will be awarded for the remainder of the year. Organisations/projects seeking more substantial amounts should talk to us first with a view to applying early in 2018.
We fund projects:
that focus on neighbourhoods and communities of interest,
where 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,
Projects applying for funding need to:
We will not fund:
How to apply for funding
organisations with an annual income in excess of £250,000.00
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 we will consider groups who apply wishing to set up bursary funds to support individuals.
If you think you have a project we might consider funding, start by
contacting our Project Administrator
giving a brief description of it. If it falls within our criteria, you will be asked to send us a brief (one page) summary of the project and what you hope to achieve.
Once we have assessed your initial application you may be invited to complete a full application and details of how to do this will be sent to you. Part of the full application may involve requesting further information from you or arranging a visit to meet you at your project to talk through your application in more detail.
Closing dates for initial outlines and (if invited) full applications are given below. Trustees will consider full applications at least quarterly.
If you have questions about the application process, or whether your project may fit our funding criteria please
Funding emphasis in 2017
In 2017 we are particularly interested to receive applications for projects that address recent tensions by promoting social cohesion and also, those which work with, and are led by, young adults.
Update May 2017 - prospective applicants are advised that only small grants
(that is, less than £1,000) will be awarded for the remainder of the year. Organisations/projects seeking more substantial
amounts should talk to us first with a view to applying early in 2018.
Key Dates 2017
Outline received by:|
22 February 2017||
09 December 2016||
06 January 2017|
16 May 2017||
03 March 2017||
31 March 2017|
27 September 2017||
14 July 2017||
11 August 2017|
29 November 2017||
15 September 2017||
13 October 2017|