The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust which supports organisations working in any part of the UK. The trust funds a range of people and organisations working to build stronger communities, and do not have specific grant programmes as they believe that the groups they provide support to are best placed to identify problems and develop solutions. Applications can be submitted at any time, and there is no minimum or maximum amount of money to apply for, as the trust acts on a discretionary basis; sometimes even offering loans. Whilst they do not offer details on the suggested amounts to apply for with the Trust appears to offer regular grants between £5,000 and £150,000. Average grant amounts in recent years have been around £50,000.
The criteria is fairly broad, with voluntary and community groups working within any part of the UK eligible as long as they have a bank account. The Trust also wants groups who:
- Work directly with people who are at the margins of society
- Have a focus on building stronger communities by overcoming isolation and encouraging inclusion, connection and integration
- Are embedded in their community and can identify and channel the potential within that community
- Are thoughtful in their use of resources and foster community resilience in the face of environmental, economic or social change
The Trust is more likely to fund groups with a turnover of less than £1 million as they are more interested in supporting smaller groups, although exceptions can be made so it is advised larger groups contact the trust before applying.
The application process is over two stages, which begins with a first stage proposal. If successful, the organisation will be contacted by the Trust to discuss the next step. Information on how to apply can be found on their website.