You must meet one of the following criteria to be considered for a grant:

  • Local registered charity with a Charity Commission number which is based In West or North Yorkshire and works on the frontline to improve the lives of local people.
  • National registered charity with a Charity Commission number which can prove that they are embedded in a West or North Yorkshire community/communities and work on the frontline to improve the lives of local people.
  • Church which is located in West or North Yorkshire, delivering community outreach work.
  • School which is located in West or North Yorkshire, delivering a unique project or programme for their children with special educational needs and/or who are considered disadvantaged, which is in need of a grant for capital items.

The following categories are supported:

  • Children and young people
  • Church appeals – connected with community outreach only
  • Countryside, environment, green issues
  • Hospices
  • Mental well-being
  • Museums, galleries and historic buildings which deliver community outreach
  • Music and the arts
  • Older people
  • Physical and learning disabilities
  • Social welfare
  • Sports for disadvantaged communities

We don’t give to:

  • Voluntary and community groups which are not a registered charity
  • Social enterprises
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Appeals that are not focused on West and/or North Yorkshire
  • Appeals from individuals seeking grants
  • Applications from overseas
  • Overseas seminars or exchange visits by individuals or groups
  • Medical appeals of a capital or revenue nature
  • Medical research projects
  • Restoration schemes of church roofs, spires, etc.
  • Playgroups, nurseries and pre-schools

Our grants:

  • We generally like to support small to medium sized local charities who work on the frontline within their community and strive to improve the lives of the people they work with.
  • One-off grants for capital needs take priority, but we also recognise the importance of funding for running costs and projects. Grants tend to be in the £500 – £5,000 region, with most between £1,000 – £2,500.
  • We consider capital costs to be physical items or materials and core/project costs to include salaries, rent, utilities, volunteer expenses, transport, venue hire, etc. Please note that the trustees generally prefer to support a combination of project costs, rather than requests to support pure salary or office running costs.

Charitable work supporting disadvantaged and/or vulnerable people is our primary focus.

We have adopted the above guidelines which follow this broad basis and will, in general, follow these guidelines, although in exceptional circumstances the trustees may deviate from them if a particular cause is of special merit.

For further details on the Sir George Martin Trust please review our latest Financial Statements for the year ended 5th April 2019. Click here