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Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Announce Themes for 2022 Funding

09 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to UK registered charities whose work takes place in the UK and whose work supports those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are the most limited.

The Trust has announced the themes for 2022 and 2023 for which it will offer funding.

In 2022, the focus is on the Arts.

  • Given the 'devastating effect of Covid-19 on all areas of the arts', there will be a specific focus in the first two rounds on people in the early stages of their career, specifically performers and creatives.
  • In recognition that Black Lives Matters has highlighted the under-representation of BAME people in all sections of the arts, the third and fourth rounds will focus on projects and organisations that are working to change this with both employees and audiences.

In 2023, the first two rounds will be focused on rehabilitation of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and those at risk of offending. The third and fourth rounds on children and young people in care and care leavers.

The Trust awards grants of either £1,000 or £5,000 depending on the grant round. The first round of 2022 offers grants of £1,000.

Organisations registered with the Charity Commission (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or OSCR, or exempt from registration, can apply.

The level of grant awarded is determined by the income of the charity:

  • Grants of £1,000 are available for charities with an operating income of between £100,000 and £2 million (the maximum income is for 2022 only; normally it is £1 million).
  • Grants of £5,000 are available for charities with a minimum operating income of £1 million. There is no maximum level.

There will be four grant rounds in 2022.

Round 1 will open on 1 February 2022 and close on 28 February 2022.


How To Apply

There will be four grant rounds in 2022. The application window for:

  • Round 1 will open on 1 February 2022 and close on 28 February 2022.
  • Round 2 will open on 1 April 2022 and close on 30 April 2022.
  • Round 3 will open on 1 July 2022 and close on 31 July 2022.
  • Round 4 will open on 1 September 2022 and close on 30 September 2022.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust's website. The Trust no longer accepts applications submitted by post.

Applicants should first read the guidelines and FAQs before starting the application process.

Charities can only apply for one round per calendar year.

The Trust publishes a list of successful applicants after the trustee meetings. Those who have received funding will find their name on the Trust's website in the 'Successful Applicants' section.

Contact the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust by email for further information. The Trust does not accept telephone calls.

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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Administrator
    The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
    Email: [email protected]

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