What We Support

The objectives of the W F Southall Trust are to give grants to charities registered in England and Wales and working in the following fields (please click on a category for more information):

  1. Community Action
  2. Environmental Action & Sustainability
  3. Overseas Development
  4. Peace & Reconciliation
  5. Substance Abuse, Addiction & Penal Affairs
  6. The Work of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

In recognition of the Trust's Quaker origins, our largest grant-making category is the Work of the Religious Society of Friends. 

Although our approach to grant-making is flexible, generally speaking we favour the following when assessing applications within the six categories above:

  • Innovation 
  • Imaginative grassroots initiatives
  • Projects that encourage wider support of the categories listed above
  • Projects where grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 will make a quantifiable difference
  • Charities making good use of volunteers
  • Charities that are engaged with their local community and have raised financial support from within it
  • Charities with an annual turnover and assets of less than £5m
  • Charities with a clear and considered reserves policy
  • Charities demonstrating sound governance, leadership and management

What we do not support

Generally speaking, we will not consider funding for the following:

  • Individuals, groups, families or organisations that are not registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales (an exception is granted for Quaker Meeting Houses, so long as they hold charitable status.)
  • Retrospective funding (i.e. funding for a project or work that has already taken place)
  • Charities with a primary focus not fitting within one of our six categories
  • Charities that are national household names
  • Charities with a turnover and/or assets in excess of £5m
  • Charities that have not complied with Charity Commission regulations (e.g. late annual returns)
  • Charities with a high level of free reserves and/or no clear reserves policy
  • Charities spending less than 80% of their annual expenditure on furthering their charitable objects
  • Emergency appeals
  • Medical charities
  • Animal charities
  • Private schools