The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

General charitable purposes in the UK and overseas

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Trusthouse are a medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

In July 2008, the Trustees reviewed its grants policy and decided to concentrate on projects addressing Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation.

Rural Issues: they accept applications from organisations which are addressing issues in rural areas. ‘Rural’ in this context means cities, towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants. They are interested in, for example, projects providing transport for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged; contact networks for the young disabled; projects which encourage a sense of community such as community centres and village halls; employment training schemes especially those promoting local, traditional crafts; projects addressing issues such as drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness.

Urban Deprivation: They will accept applications from local or national charities or not-for-profit organisations which are working with residents of urban areas (i.e. more than 10,000 inhabitants) which are classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the lowest 20%. We are interested in, for example, youth clubs; training schemes to help people out of unemployment; drop in centres for the homeless.

Community Support: work with young people; community centres; support for carers; older people’s projects; help for refugees; family support; community transport; sports projects; rehabilitation of ex-offenders; alcohol and drug misuse projects; domestic violence prevention and aftermath.

Disability and Healthcare: projects in deprived areas for people of all ages with physical and/or sensory disabilities; support for people with mental health issues; hospices.

Arts Education and Heritage:  arts projects for people with disabilities; performance or visual arts with a clear and strong community impact; alternative education projects; supplementary teaching; heritage projects in marine or industrial areas which involve local people and have a demonstrable community benefit.

Trusthouse is interested in supporting capital projects at hospices throughout the UK. You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the total cost of your project and to identify a specific element of your project which a grant from Trusthouse would cover. Priority will be given to projects that benefit patients, rather than visitors or staff.


They are a medium-sized grant maker, awarding around 300 grants totalling circa £2 million each year


All guidelines and a downloadable application form are available from the website.

You will first be taken through a short questionnaire to identify which type of grant is most suitable.

You can either print out the form or save it to your computer. (If you have difficulties with the download, please contact the trust.)

Complete the form and send it by surface post together with the additional information listed on page 2 of the application form. Please note that they do not accept applications by email.



65 Leadenhall Street

Phone: 020 7264 4990

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