The Tudor Trust is an independent charitable trust which supports work which tries to meet the many different needs of people at the margins of our society.
Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and provide support in a way which is helpful and enabling.
The Tudor Trust funding guidelines are broad because they want to support the work that you really want to do. They aim to give you the opportunity and practical tools to do the work that you know is needed.
They aim to be flexible, which means that they are in a good position to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances as so many are at the moment.
An independent grant maker
As an independent grant maker an important part of their role is to support work which is untried and which has uncertain outcomes. However, they are not interested in innovation for innovation’s sake: they also recognise the need for sound, practical work which seeks to bring stability and wellbeing into difficult places and situations.
Trusting the groups we fund
They trust the groups they fund and aim to build open and straightforward relationships with the groups they support. They try to offer high levels of support and engagement when this is helpful and appropriate.
The two-stage application process gives more time to engage with applicants who reach the second stage. There are no forms at second stage. Instead, through careful listening and constructive dialogue, they hope to give you the opportunity to think about your options and develop a proposal that focuses on the real needs of your organisation and the people you are working with.
About our grants
Because they to respond to the needs identified by organisations themselves, most grants take the form of core funding: funding which goes towards the core costs of running an organisation, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs. Last year 92% of grants, by value, went towards core funding.
When a charity is funded, they are increasingly looking to make unrestricted grants, on the basis that we trust the charity’s trustees to decide how funding can be used most effectively in pursuit of their charitable objectives.
Their experience as a core funder means that they want to fund in a way which contributes to the health and strength of organisations, and which supports their ability to be flexible and adaptable. While they can make project grants this is increasingly unusual – our focus on the whole organisation, and their interest in building a relationship with the groups they fund, means that it doesn’t usually make sense to fund time-limited, contained projects.
Capital grants, for building improvements or purchase, also have a role to play in strengthening organisations, helping them to deliver their work more effectively. Owning an asset can give increased stability and security to an organisation, and its community, and this is something the trustees are keen to support.
How much can you apply for?
There is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual to make a grant of less than £10,000. This reflects the fact that they seldom make small project grants.
At the first stage of the application process doesn’t ask you to specify exactly how much you are looking for, though it is fine to do so if you wish: if your application progresses to the second stage your funding requirements will be discussed in more detail then.
How long can we fund you for?
Grants usually run for one, two or three years. They understand that tackling deep-rooted problems takes time so they sometimes fund over a longer period than this, usually by making a further grant following on from the original one. Last year 36% of grants were for continuation funding.
However, their interest in supporting work in the longer term has to be balanced against our need to encourage new groups and new thinking. This means that funding can’t continue indefinitely.
For more information visit the Tudor Trust Website