During the coronavirus crisis you must be a local registered charity with a Charity Commission number which is based in West or North Yorkshire in order to be considered for a grant.

  • Resilience funding to support the sustainability of charities in West and North Yorkshire will be given at our June and September meetings, but charities which have previously been given a grant by the Trust in recent years will be the top priority.
  • The trustees are likely to support only those charities which are in serious need of funds now and do not have many months of reserves.
  • Grants are likely to be in the region of £1,000 – £3,000 and will be unrestricted funding for what the charity deems most urgent and important at the time of applying.

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 which aren’t a charity and aren’t located in a disadvantaged area

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