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Garfield Weston Foundation

19 June 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.


The Garfield Weston Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a Canadian businessman who arrived in the UK with his family in 1932. He was the creator of Associated British Foods and the Foundation was endowed with the donation of family owned company shares.

The Foundation aims to 'be responsive to where need is greatest' and therefore supports a wide range of charitable activity across fields including the arts, community, education, environment, youth, faith, health, welfare, museums and heritage.

The Foundation donates more than £80 million per year, with almost 2,000 charities from across the UK receiving funding.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation aims to 'be responsive to where need is greatest' and thus support a wide range of charitable activity in the UK in areas such the arts, community, education, environment, youth, faith, health, welfare, museums and heritage. 

Value Notes

The Foundation offers two levels of funding, which can be used towards capital, revenue or project costs:

  • Regular Grants of up to £100,000.

  • Major Grants of £100,000 and above. (When awarding major grants, the Foundation typically expects the project and organisation's overall annual income to be in excess of £1 million.)

Typically grants are made for a single year; however, the Trustees may consider a multi-year request for up to three years for previously successful applicants, provided they can demonstrate that a longer term commitment will add value to their organisation’s objectives.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is required. The Foundation recommends that applicants have around half of their funding identified before applying. A grant is unlikely to be for more than around 10% of the total costs of the budget.

Who Can Apply

The following organisations working in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage can apply:

  • UK registered charities.

  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).

  • Schools, universities or registered educational charities that are either exempt under Charity Commission guidelines or are registered charities.

  • Faith-based organisations that are either exempt under the Charity Commission guidelines or are registered charities.

  • Housing associations.

  • Museums and galleries.

Organisations must be based and operate within the UK.


United Kingdom

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for organisations working in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.

Grants can be used for capital, revenue (core costs) or project work:

  • Capital costs - for tangible things, such as a building project, repairs, equipment etc.

  • Revenue/core costs - towards the general running costs of the organisation. The grants are typically unrestricted and can be used towards costs such as general salaries (but not a specific position or job), rent, programme costs etc.

  • Project costs - for a very specific project or activity and would include all the costs involved in delivering the project, including staff costs and a reasonable percentage of overheads if relevant.

Projects should fall within at least one of the following categories:

  • Arts - Support for a wide range of organisations (from small community theatre groups to national arts galleries) that engage with a variety of audiences and that can demonstrate their impact and quality.

  • Community - A large volume of grants are made every year to community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers. The majority of projects tend to be relatively small compared to other categories due to their local grass-roots nature, and correspondingly the grants made tend to be smaller in comparison. Typical projects supported include revenue grants for volunteering schemes and capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres and for facilities to support community life.

  • Education - Grants to support education, from small local projects such as reading schemes and after school clubs, to major institutions such as universities.

  • Environment - Grants to support a range of environment projects ranging from organisations that raise public awareness of, and find solutions to, specific issues such as sustainable fishing, in addition to charities that undertake active conservation work.

  • Faith - Grants to support simple but practical projects that enable religious buildings to be used for an inclusive range of charitable purposes by their local communities. Capital grants include funds towards the installation of basic amenities such as lavatories and kitchen facilities and for restoration works to historic church buildings.

  • Health - Grants range from specialist care homes and hospices, charities specialising in the treatment and support for specific illnesses, to translational research focusing on medical breakthroughs that will benefit generations now and in the future.

  • Museums and Heritage - Grants to support organisations that conserve and interpret the nation’s heritage for future generations, ensuring it is accessible and available to all.

  • Welfare - Grants for charities that work with a variety of causes and groups including the elderly, homeless, disability and special needs and those in the criminal justice system. Grants made reflect a charity’s size and the nature of the work or project being undertaken.

  • Youth - Grants for charities that consistently demonstrate the commitment of volunteers and professionals across the country to support and inspire young people to achieve their potential. This includes small local groups, such as girl guides and youth clubs to larger national youth development charities.

How To Apply

Applications for a Regular Grant may be made at any time and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. It takes around four months from the time an application is received to notification of a decision.

The guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Foundation's website. Groups should read the guidelines before starting the application process.

Major Grants cannot be applied for via the Foundation’s website. Instead, applicants should email a one page summary to grants administrator Ciara Molloy outlining what they are raising funds for, the total cost and fundraising target. They will then be given bespoke guidance on whether they are eligible.

Payment Procedure

Grants are usually made in a single payment.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Ciara Molloy
    Grants administrator
    Garfield Weston Foundation
    Weston Centre
    10 Grosvenor Street
    W1K 4QY
    Tel: 020 7399 6565
    Email: [email protected]


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