Charles Hayward Foundation

The Charles Hayward Foundation (registered charities only) provide both Main Grants (up to £25,000 a year for 1-3 years and Small Grants (up to £7000).

Main grant programme

  • Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000).

  • The trustees will fund projects over 1 to 3 years with grants of £10,000 – £25,000 per annum. 

  • They may invest up to £25,000 in a pilot project, if it addresses complex problems in an innovative way and may lead to replication if proven effective.

Small grant programme

  • Social & Criminal Justice, Heritage & Conservation and Older People (for charities with an income of less than £350,000).

  • Grants of up to £7000 are available.

Funding Priorities

Generally, when funding projects, they value projects that develop, expand and replicate a tried and tested approach but they are also interested in supporting creative solutions to problems which seem to be entrenched and elude resolution.

They value projects that are preventative and provide early intervention. They favour projects that respond to a well researched and clear need, provide intervention based on evidence of what works, are able to demonstrate value for money and have a clear understanding of short-term effects and long-term impact of the intervention they propose.

How to apply

For more information and an application form please go to the website

For enquiries, please contact Dorothy Napierala, Administrator on 020 7370 7067.

They do not currently accept applications by email.

When to apply

  • The small grant programme is a rolling grant programme and applications are considered every two to three months.

  • The main grant programme has a two stage grant process as follows:

    • Stage 1: A Grant Committee meets on a quarterly basis.  The Committee’s role is to put applications forward to stage 2.

    • Stage 2: Applications recommended by the Grant Committee are considered at one of the Trustees’ meetings which take place on a quarterly basis and are usually held in: February, April, July and November.