Secular Distribution Grant

The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust

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Anticipated deadline: Apr 17, 2021

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Health & Medicine Art & Culture Youth Services Community Development & Revitalization Disability Care & Services Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Family Services Senior Services Child Welfare Services Civic Affairs Education Teen Parenthood Community Culture & Heritage Historic Preservation Historical Records & Archives Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity, College / University, Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Delaware, District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore city Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




The purpose of the Trust is to provide funds, technical assistance and collaboration on behalf of non-profit organizations engaged exclusively in religious, charitable or educational work; to extend opportunities to deserving needy persons and, in general, to promote any of the above causes.

The Trustees promote the opportunity for philanthropic impact with the Trust’s giving — while not totally excluding other locations — in two geographic areas which had strong relevance to Stewart Huston’s life: Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Savannah, Georgia.

Stewart Huston Charitable Trust supports evangelical activities in Savannah, GA and Coatesville, PA areas, and secular charitable activities around Coatesville.

Secular Distribution Grant

Mr. Huston stipulated that forty percent of the annual distributions from the Trust are to be used for secular charitable activities within one hundred miles of Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

Grants generally are made in the following program categories.

Health and Human Services

  • Activities which promote community-based health care.
  • Programs which provide emotional and pysical support to children, youth, adults, and senior citizens, as well as those which strengthen families and assist individuals with special needs.
  • Programs which increase employment oppurtunites and provide a means for developing self-reliance, responsibility and productivity among individuals in need.

Civic Affairs

  • Projects that enhance the quality of life in local communities and revitalize them.
  • Programs which provide educational opportunities for individuals, including those with special needs.
  • Programs which promote human relations and understanding among diverse populations
  • Activities addressing the speacial needs of youth at risk for delinquency, school drop-out, abuse, neglect, and pregnancy.
  • Activities that enable a broad spectrum of citizens to have access to artistic and cultural experiences which may otherwise be denied them.
  • Programs which help preserve/exhibit historic, artistic and cultural treasures.
  • On a very limited basis, fundraising efforts such as festivals, concerts and other events.

General Grant Restrictions

The following restrictions apply to all organizations requesting funds from The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust:

  • All grant awards are subject to the vote of the full Trustee body.
  • It is not the intention of the Trustees to establish a permanent grant relationship with grantees.
  • During the period in which a present grantee is receiving tentative payments on a previously awarded grant, the Trustees will not entertain a new grant request until the multi-year commitment is completed.
  • Additionally, for good and sufficient reasons, the Trustees reserve the right to cancel future grant payments on any multi-year commitments they have made.
  • The Trustees will not award a new grant to an organization which has unfulfilled reporting requirements from a previous grant award.

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  • The following requirements are mandatory for all organizations requesting funds from The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust:
    • Tax Status: Applicants must have evidence of being granted 501(c)(3) tax exemption status by the Internal Revenue Service.
    • Demonstrated Need: Requests for support must demonstrate that the program/organization is addressing a known community need, and not simply duplicating existing efforts.
    • Types of Support: While the Trustees prefer to provide support for specific projects that address a particular community need or issue, support is considered for general operations, capital projects, equipment purchases, and last-resort funding on a selective case-by-case and meritorious basis.
  • Grants should impact the area within 100 miles of Coatesvile, PA and have a focus on health and human services.


  • Leveraged Resources:
    • The Trust prefers not to be the major source of funding for an organization, but prefers to make grants to organizations which already have commitments from other funding sources.
    • Special consideration is given to programs that encourage other commitments of human and financial resources.
    • Of particular interest are programs that generate a high level of volunteer involvement from the community and/or attract a high level of funding from other sources.


  • With regard to types of grants, the Trustees do not make grant awards for:
    • Financial support for individuals
    • Endowment purposes
    • Purchases of tickets for benefit purposes
    • Coverage of continuing operating deficits
  • Concerning types of organizations, support is not provided to the following:
    • Organizations not qualified for tax-exempt ststus under Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS code.
    • Intermediate or pass-through organizations (other than United Way and Chester County Community Foundation) which in turn allocate funds to beneficiaries of their own selection.
    • Groups such as fraternal organizations, political parties or candidates, veterans, labor or local civic groups, volunteer fire companies, and groups involved in influencing legislation.