Dulverton Trust Grant Program

The Dulverton Trust

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Grant amount: £25,000 - £35,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Kenya, Uganda, United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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NOTE: We accept applications all year around but Trustees make decisions in February, June and October. We advise allowing 3-6 months for a decision.

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity. We support UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts.

What We Fund

The Trust awards both single year and multi-year grants.

  • Single year grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000.
  • Multi-year grants are usually for a period of 2-3 years, and are only awarded to charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant.

We will consider applications for the following:

  • Project costs
  • Core funding (usually for charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant)

Under our Preservation category we will consider applications for capital costs, scholarships and bursaries.

Youth Opportunities

This is our largest category and aims to support charities that help disadvantaged children and young people to adopt a more positive attitude to their lives, raise their aspirations and realise their full potential. Our particular areas of focus are:

  • charities providing life and work skills for the disadvantaged through training, contact with employers and apprenticeships
  • charities using early-intervention initiatives to ensure children from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds are given a fairer chance to develop their social, employment and life skills
  • charities offering character-building and challenging outdoor activities, such as adventure training, that encourage leadership and team spirit for the less well-off as well as the severely disadvantaged
  • charities that give children from deprived urban areas the opportunity to experience and value the countryside

We encourage charities working on different aspects of youth disadvantage to coordinate their activities so that various interventions (e.g. homelessness, character building, mentoring and employability skills) are provided as part of a continuous process until the young person becomes fully self-reliant.

General Welfare

We support a wide range of activities that benefit disadvantaged people and communities, with particular interest in:

  • Charities which strengthen and support family relationships
  • Rehabilitation of offenders, especially young offenders
  • Early intervention to support the welfare of children in disadvantaged families and looked-after children
  • Helping young homeless people to move forward
  • Maintaining active living and independence for older people (note: this does not include help with medical and mental health problems or disability)
  • The welfare of those who care for others (note: we generally prioritise applications for this work from charities working on a national level)
  • Developing tolerance and understanding between faiths and communities and the promotion of social cohesion


We support a small number of charities working to:

  • Support the general conservation and preservation of wildlife habitats in the UK
  • Protect, plant, and sympathetically manage trees and native woodlands
  • Protect coastal and marine environments

Please note that we rarely consider applications for projects concerned with a single species.


We support the development of craftsmanship in the traditional techniques of repair and restoration and have a strong interest in:

  • Heritage skills training, particularly where it may benefit a disadvantaged group
  • Cathedrals (Trustees generally make one award to a cathedral per year)

Please note that annual grants are awarded to the National Churches Trust and the Scottish Churches Trust, and as such, we are not able to support applications from individual churches.

Peace & Humanitarian Support

The Trust does not normally contribute to disaster relief appeals. Instead we fund charities that:

  • Provide support facilities or expertise to organisations engaged in disaster relief
  • Are engaged in peace intervention

This is a restricted category and we advise contacting us prior to submitting an application.


Our Africa category is currently restricted to UK registered charities operating in Kenya or Uganda, which already have a long association with the Trust. Our priorities in Africa are:

  • Community development (in particular, the provision of water and power, and the encouragement of farming, common market gardening and enterprise)
  • Wildlife conservation

The Trust is currently focusing on a major development and conservation project in the Murchison Falls area of Uganda. As a result, funding for other projects in Uganda is restricted and we recommend that you contact us in advance of submitting an application.

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


  • We award grants to UK registered charities working across the UK (excluding Greater London and Northern Ireland), Kenya and Uganda.
  • To be eligible to apply for a grant from the Dulverton Trust applicants must:
    • Be a UK charity or CIO registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). 
    • Have an annual income of between £200,000 and £10 million (but preference is given to charities with an income of £5 million or below).
      • Newly established charities (usually founded within the last eighteen months) and preservation charities are exempt from the minimum income rule.
    • Operate at a national or at least county or regional level in England, Scotland, or Wales excluding Greater London.
      • Priority will be given to charities with a national foot print. 
    • Be working to produce significant impact in one of our priority areas:
      • Youth Opportunities, General Welfare, Conservation, Preservation, Africa, and Peace and Humanitarian Support.
    • Not fall into one of our exclusion areas.


  • Trustees give preference to charities with an annual income below £5 million.
  • Priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community.


  • Please note we do not fund salaries for named posts in isolation, only as part of a wider project.
  • Please note that we will not normally award grants to charities that receive the overwhelming majority of their income from contracts to deliver public services, whether contracted directly by central or local government, or via private sector primes.
  • We don’t make grants to the following:
    • Museums, galleries, libraries, exhibition centres and heritage attractions
    • Individual churches and other historic buildings (except for limited support under the preservation category)
    • Individual schools, colleges, universities or other educational establishments
    • Hospices, hospitals, nursing or residential care homes
    • Charities whose main beneficiaries live within Greater London or in Northern Ireland
    • Charities whose primary beneficiaries are those with a physical or mental disability or illness
  • We are very unlikely to fund the following:
    • Regional charities that are affiliated with a national body (for example, local Scout groups, YMCAs, Age UK or Wildlife Trusts)
    • Health, medicine and medical conditions including drug and alcohol addiction
    • Therapy and counselling
    • The arts*, including theatre, music and drama
      •   *Except where used as a means of achieving one of our funding priorities.
    • Sport*, including sports centres and individual playing field projects
      •   *Except where used as a means of achieving one of our funding priorities.
    • Animal welfare or projects concerning the protection of single species
    • Expeditions and individuals volunteering overseas
    • Research, unless it is linked to a project that meets our priorities
    • Conferences, events, cultural festivals, and exhibitions
    • Major building projects, including the purchase of property or land or the refurbishment of facilities
    • Endowments
    • Grant making charities
    • Projects primarily concerned with campaigning or lobbying