Charles Hayward Foundation: Main Grants

Charles Hayward Foundation

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Grant amount: £15,000 - £75,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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Our main grant programme currently make grants in the following categories for charities with an income of more than £350,000: 

  • Social & Criminal Justice 
  • Heritage & Conservation

Social and Criminal Justice

The overall aims of our funding in the social and criminal justice area are to prevent people entering the criminal justice system and to support those already in the system to move on and rebuild their lives. We fund early intervention programmes with young children and their families, tailored preventative work with young people at risk, and holistic support services aimed at reducing re-offending and aiding re-settlement. The Foundation also looks to alleviate the consequences of domestic abuse and criminal exploitation of vulnerable persons.

Our main focus in this category is on protecting, restoring and interpreting past inventions, discoveries, industrial sites and defining moments that have shaped our history and identity, and displaying them in a modern context for public engagement, use and learning.

We fund projects in the following sub-categories:

  • Targeted early intervention programmes aimed at reaching the most troubled and vulnerable families in a community
  • Preventative and diversionary projects for young people at risk of offending including tailored interventions identifying and addressing the particular needs of girls and young women
  • Programmes, particularly those with a focus on young offenders, combining prison based and community interventions dealing with rehabilitation of offenders, accommodation and support on release, helping with maintaining family relationships, mentoring, and mapping and creating pathways to employment
  • Schemes offering viable alternatives to custody, in particular for women and young people
  • Programmes of support directed towards rehabilitating the victims of domestic abuse and criminal exploitation

The Foundation is open to creative and specialist approaches and trialling new solutions. Programmes should be of appropriate duration and intensity, have a clear rationale and be properly monitored and evaluated. There should be a plan for the future, including an ‘exit strategy’

The trustees will fund projects over 1 to 3 years with grants of £15,000 – £25,000 per annum.

They may invest up to £25,000 in a pilot project, if it addresses complex problems in an innovative way and may lead to replication if proven effective.

Heritage and Conservation

In this category trustees wish to make larger grants to projects of a unique nature and of national importance.

We fund projects in the following sub-categories:

  • Purchase of land or reclamation of recently purchased land to be used for nature reserves where these will be maintained in perpetuity
  •  Conservation and preservation of pictures, manuscripts, books and objects for public display, use & interest
  • Development of libraries, museums and galleries
  • Adaptation of former Industrial Heritage sites to creative and educational spaces

The trustees will fund a select number of one off projects with grants of £25,000 - £50,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Must be a UK registered charity and have an annual income of more than £350,000.
  • The area of operation for our main grant programme is the British Isles. 
  • Within all of the categories we fund project costs and capital expenditure.


  • Generally, when funding projects, we value projects that develop, expand and replicate a tried and tested approach but we are also interested in supporting creative solutions to problems which seem to be entrenched and elude resolution.
  • We value projects that are preventative and provide early intervention.
  • We favour projects that respond to a well researched and clear need, provide intervention based on evidence of what works, are able to demonstrate value for money and have a clear understanding of short-term effects and long-term impact of the intervention they propose. 
  • Social and Criminal Justice: Our funding priorities:
    • The trustees look for a holistic approach addressing multiple and complex needs with a range of appropriate interventions
    • They like to see programmes tailored to individual needs and local situations involving families and communities; these can be designed and delivered in partnership
  • Heritage and Conservation: Our funding priorities:
    • Our main focus in this category is on protecting, restoring and interpreting past inventions, discoveries, industrial sites and defining moments that have shaped our history and identity, and displaying them in a modern context for public engagement, use and learning.


  • Generally we do not fund the following:
    • General appeals
    • Running costs
    • Individuals
    • Grant making charities
    • Loan and deficits
    • Endowments
    • Retrospectively, i.e. costs already incurred prior to receiving a decision from the Foundation
  • Social and criminal justice: We do not fund:
    • Policy and research
    • Uniformed organisations
    • Short term interventions
    • Trips and youth volunteering
  • Heritage and conservation: We do not fund:
    • Community arts troupes
    • Community arts centres
    • Conservation of gardens
    • Environmental conservation & Endangered species
    • Animal rescue
    • Art and history workshops
    • Academic Institutions
    • Churches
    • Opera, Ballet and Theatre; including artistic productions
    • Heritage railways
    • Building repairs