Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations

The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust. The Trust primarily funds charitable organisations in the UK.

Who can apply

Types of grants

Small grants, £100-£5,000 (around 100 grants made per year).

Large grants, over£5,000 (around 5 grants are made per year). Large grants are only given to charities known to the Trustees.

Children’s summer playscheme grants £500-£1,000 (about 50-70 grants made per year). Applications for these are made separately and considered in April each year. The charities annual income should be under £100,000.

The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the Trustees are also willing to fund core costs. Most grants are only for 1 year.


Trustees DO NOT fund unsolicited applications from charities whose annual income exceeds £300,000 or for:

  • Construction projects such as playgrounds, village halls, and disabled accesses
  • General school appeals including out of hours provision
  • Hospices
  • Medical research
  • Parish facilities
  • Playgroups and pre-school groups
  • Requests for vehicles
  • Individuals in any capacity
  • Educational fees

Trustees review grant applications twice a year, usually in March and October. Please consult the diary page for up-to-date deadlines for receipt of applications.

How to apply

As well as registered charities we will consider funding Charity Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs).

Trustees will only consider appeals made via our online application form and every section must be completed.

APPLICATION FORM – Please complete the information requested and give us details on what the primary objectives of your charity are and who are your target users. Any details of specific projects that have been successful or details on the successful outcomes for your users are welcome. Please note that we are looking for charities that make a difference in their communities and who stand out in the work that they do.

Participation by past or current users is welcome, and should be mentioned, as is sharing best practice and cross community work. We want to know what you do and what you are proud of in the area in which you work. We like to award grants to charities that are really making a difference and whose users are able to progress as appropriate, statistics or numbers that support that are welcome when you complete the projected outcomes. Please note that a list of other supporters or grant applications is not required.

We also request that you tell us the region in which you operate (i.e. Scotland, North East or West, Northern Ireland, Wales, Yorkshire & the Humber, East or West Midlands, East Anglia, London, South East or South West or the Channel Islands). This is in order for the trustees to try and ensure that they support applications from across the whole of the UK.

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