The Wharfedale Foundation

Update from Wharfedale Foundation response to COVID-19:

We understand that during the pandemic our grantees may need to pause activities or re-purpose their grants. Please contact us to make us aware of this.  

We continue to accept applications under our usual criteria but due to the effect on income we have reduced our maximum grant to £2,500 for the foreseeable future.

The Wharfedale Foundation is a small charitable trust with roots in the Christian tradition, recognises a common practical vision of a better world with those of other faith traditions and those with none. The Trust supports initiatives that bring people together to gain understanding of other faiths and cultures and to work in partnership to improve the neighbourhoods in which they live.

Main Funding Programme – a two stage process for organisations with an income of up to £250,000. Although we may award up to £5,000 this is exceptional, the typical grant is normally around £2,000-£3,000.

Small Grants Programme – a one stage process  for smaller organisations with an income of less than £50,000  seeking grants of up to £500.

The Wharfedale Foundation fund projects:

  • that focus on neighbourhoods and communities of interest,
  • wher​e people are developing lasting relationships at a grassroots level,
  • with the potential for positive, longer term change,
  • that are willing to try out new ways of working that others can learn from,
  • promoting the inclusion of people experiencing the most social and economic hardship,
  • that enable people to be agents of change in their own lives and communities,

Projects applying for funding need to:

  • be located within the Yorkshire and Humber region,
  • be able to demonstrate longer term financial and project planning, involving multiple streams of funding,
  • demonstrate innovative or creative ways of addressing areas of concern,
  • demonstrate how change and transformation can be achieved in one or more of the following ways:
    • creating greater inclusivity by breaking down barriers of fear based on for example religious, cultural, ethnic or social difference or financial hardship,
    • integrating marginalised groups into mainstream society and promoting a welcoming culture,
    • aiding the integration of marginalised groups through environmental projects,
    • developing greater understanding of these issues through carrying out research.

For more information go to The Wharfedale Foundation’s website here.