What We Support

We award grants to charities that are registered in the UK and working in at least one of the following four areas (please click on a category for more information):

  1. Quaker Work & Witness
  2. Peace & Reconciliation
  3. Environmental Action & Sustainability
  4. Social Action

Generally speaking, we look most favourably upon the following:

  • 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 (we prefer to support smaller charities with 'seed corn' funding)
  • Grassroots initiatives
  • Charities that show creativity and innovation in their work
  • Charities that promote social justice, inclusion and diversity
  • Charities that challenge structural inequalities and injustice
  • Charities making good use of volunteers
  • Charities that are engaged with their local community and show clear evidence of support from within it (e.g. through local giving, volunteering and/or partnerships)

Please note that we consider appeals from charities working overseas, so long as they are they are registered with one of the main UK charity regulators and meet the requirements outlined on this page.

What we do not support

Generally speaking, we do not consider the following:

  • Emergency appeals
  • Private schools
  • Medical charities
  • Animal welfare charities
  • 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 £2m
  • Charities that have not complied with Charity Commission regulations (e.g. late annual returns)
  • Charities that do not have at least one set of annual accounts available via a UK charity regulator
  • 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