The categories below are all supported but the primary objective of the activities, services or project must be to improve the well-being of disadvantaged and/or vulnerable West Yorkshire people.

  • The Trust will give out grants for core, capital and project costs, mainly ranging from £1,000 – £3,000 to registered charities and churches doing outreach work who are working to improve the well-being of residents in their local community.
  • Locally based, West Yorkshire charities will be the top priority, but small national charities who can show they are embedded in the area will be considered.
  • The Trust will aim to be as flexible as possible and a grant can go towards a range of costs, as long as these are detailed in the application.
  • Charities and churches which do not have a large amount of free reserves and/or assets will be the top priority.

We give to:

  • Children and young people
  • Church appeals – connected with disadvantaged/vulnerable community outreach only
  • Community centres and village halls in disadvantaged areas
  • Countryside, environment and green issues involving people in local disadvantaged communities
  • Hospices
  • LGBTQ+ communities
  • Mental well-being
  • Music, the arts and heritage involving people in local disadvantaged communities
  • Older people
  • Physical and learning disabilities
  • Schools which have a capital need related to a ‘special’ community related project
  • 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 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
  • Playgroups, nurseries and pre-schools which aren’t a charity and aren’t located in a disadvantaged area
  • Restoration schemes of church roofs, spires, etc.

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 Annual Accounts The Sir George Martin Trust – Accounts For The Year Ended 5 April 2022 and our SGMT Impact Report 2022 – 2023 for an analysis of our grant making during this period.

The Sir George Martin Trust has signed up to IVAR’s eight commitments to adopt more Open & Trusting practices that make life easier for grant seekers and those we fund.