Garfield Weston Foundation urge NI charities to apply for grants

The head of a UK foundation with a budget of £70 million has urged charities in Northern Ireland to apply to it for grants.

“We gave away our £1billionth pound this year – and to cap it all, that came in our 60th anniversary year,” said Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation who was talking to VIEWdigital in the Ulster Museum at the recent launch of Dippy on Tour:  A Natural History Adventure exhibition which opened in Belfast.

The number of applications coming from Northern Ireland has fallen slightly, so in this anniversary year, Philippa wants to encourage registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations here to apply for grants from Garfield Weston.

 ‘It’s all about making a difference.  We have a budget of £70 million across the UK and we are keen to encourage groups in Northern Ireland to apply’.

The Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference.  They fund a wide range of causes and charities and their grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being undertaken.  These case studies are examples of charities the Foundation has supported recently and the difference that funding has made.  A list of our current grants can also be accessed here -

To apply and to read their guidelines please visit