The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects usually via UK charities. Priority is given to projects that make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate, ensure that funds awarded are being well used and fall within the following areas:
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community;
- Disadvantaged families, this covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travelers, ethnic minorities and refugee families;
- Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoner’s families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.
Three types of grant are awarded:
- Small grants (under £3,000)
- Large grants (over £3,000) – these are usually given to charities known by the Trustees
Previous grants awarded include:
- Futures Theatre Company, £1,000 for a touring production across schools in London to engage young people to challenge issues relating to peer pressure and coercion
- Training and Learning Company, £2,000 to establish a multi ethnic lunch club for disadvantaged BME people in Dorset
- Henry Dancer Days, £500 for a story telling project to distract children undergoing cancer treatment in Durham.
The deadline for receipt of applications is the 28 January 2021 (noon).