The Garfield Weston Foundation Grants Available

One-off grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health and museums and heritage. The Foundation aims to 'be responsive to where need is greatest' and thus support a wide range of charitable activity in the UK


The Garfield Weston Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a Canadian businessman who arrived in the UK with his family in 1932. He was the creator of Associated British Foods and the Foundation was endowed with the donation of family owned company shares.

The Foundation donates around £60 million per year with around 1,500 charities from across the UK receiving funding.  The Foundation offers two levels of funding, which can be used towards capital, revenue or project costs:

  • Regular Grants of up to £100,000.

  • Major Grants of £100,000 and above. (When awarding major grants, the Foundation would typically expect that the project and organisation's overall annual income is in excess of £1million.)

Typically grants are made for a single year; however, the Trustees may consider making a grant spread over a number of years at their discretion if they feel this would be appropriate.  The Trust prefers to support those organisations working directly with beneficiaries at a grassroots

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation ‘strongly recommends’ groups apply for whatever are their greatest priority and area of need. This could be in one of three areas: capital, revenue (‘core costs’) or project work.

  • Capital costs - funding for tangible things, such as a building project, repairs, equipment etc. A grant is unlikely to be more than around 10% of the total Capital project cost.

  • Revenue/Core Costs - funding for the general costs of what the organisation does - its activity. As a general rule, this funding is unlikely to be more than approximately 10–20% of the organisation’s total annual income.

  • Project Costs - funding for a very specific project or activity and would include all the costs involved in delivering the project, including staff costs and a reasonable percentage of overheads if relevant. The Foundation recommends that the applicant has around half of its funding identified before applying.

Projects should fall within at least one of the following categories:

  • Arts

  • Community

  • Education

  • Environment

  • Faith

  • Health

  • Museums and Heritage

  • Welfare

  • Youth

How To Apply

Applications for a Regular Grant may be made at any time and they will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. It takes around four months from the time an application is received to notification of a decision.

The guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Foundation's website  Groups should read the guidelines before starting the application process.

Major Grants cannot be applied for via the Foundation’s website. Instead, applicants should send a one page summary to Grace da Rocha via outlining what they are raising funds for, the total cost and fundraising target. Applicants will be advised which Board meeting they are to apply to if invited to do so following their initial letter and subsequent phone call with the Foundation's Director.

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