Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust was founded in 2004 as a grant-giving body.  The Trust is interested in funding charities whose activities involve the whole family in initiatives that encourage and nurture a supportive structure within the family unit, and whose aims include the development of strong and supportive family bonds by helping all elements of the family unit to grow together and support each other.

Scheme details

The Trust has decided to prioritise its funding in favour of charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. 

The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other.

The three areas that the charity wishes to support are: 

  • Interventions and support that help families to manage better and prevent the fracture of the family unit, eg relationship counseling, mediation
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment 

The Trust prefers to support charities whose income is  below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. 

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants.  The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. 

Applications are also welcomed from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria.

For more information about the Kelly Family Charitable Trust, please contact Stuart Armstrong:


The following will not be considered:

  • Non-registered charities
  • Requests for grants for individuals
  • National projects
  • General appeals
  • Organisations with specific religious or political agendas

How to apply

Applications should be made on the Kelly Family Charitable Trust’s official application form, which can be found on the How To Apply page.

Applications must be supported by annual accounts where available.

Applications should be send by email to the Grants Administrator -

Grants are awarded twice a year to charities whose aims fall within the criteria of the Trust.  Applications must be submitted by 1st March and 1st September to be considered at the subsequent meeting.  The Trustees will ask for more detail for those applications that pass the initial screening and may visit the projects they wish to support.

If a grant is awarded, the charity will be asked to provide a report on its progress and the effective use of its grant during the funding year.  The Trust may consider repeat funding requests on receipt of satisfactory progress reports.