Funding for political and pressure group work in the UK (application deadline 14 May 2020)

The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust (AWRT) is not a charitable trust, but a non-profit-making limited company. This means the Trust is able to prioritise making grants for political and pressure group work in the UK that a registered charity could not support. The AWRT has a wide-ranging remit, striving for a just and democratic society, redressing political and social injustices.

The objectives of the Trust are framed in general terms to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices. It is a wide-ranging remit for reform, but the Trust will prioritise organisations that are ineligible for charitable funding because they are considered too political or radical to come within the Charity Commission’s guidelines. The Trust’s approach is similar to that of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust with which it maintains informal links.

The Trust’s  grant budget that currently varies between about £90,000 and £110,000 each year.

The majority of recent grants have ranged between £1,500 and £10,000. UK organisations with an annual income/expenditure that exceeds £250,000 are unlikely to be funded.

The Trust will support work undertaken at both regional and national level and may also consider pioneering projects operating on a more local basis that have a potentially wider impact.

The Trust normally gives grants only to groups or organisations, but in very exceptional cases it may consider an application from an individual with proven experience or skill in their chosen field or it may make a personal award to an individual in support of outstanding commitment and effectiveness relevant to the Trust’s interests.

As a general rule the Trust provides either specific project funding or start up grants for a limited period to enable campaigns to get off the ground and attract alternative sources of finance.

The Trust does not fund:

o Applications from registered charities.
o Activities that could be funded from charitable sources (the Trust’s decisions are informed by Charity Commission guidance on the descriptions of charitable purposes and permissible campaigning and political activities by charities. Applications that meet all the Trust requirements, except that they are eligible for charitable funding, should therefore be sent to the Scurrah Wainwright Charity).
o Campaigns outside the UK.
o General appeals, or
o Activities that seek to promote a particular political party or parties, or to influence the outcome of an election.

There is no standard application form and applicants are asked to submit:

1. A completed registration form, which can be downloaded from the Trust’s website.
2. Up to four A4 pages setting out your proposal;
3. A full budget for the project;
4. The applicant’s most recent audited annual accounts or an up-to-date statement of income & expenditure (if only recently formed).

Applicants are expected to provide a complete description and explanation of their project and organisation. It is not helpful to refer to other sources of information, such as websites, as trustees will not see them.

Applicants are also expected to provide the following information:

o What is the purpose of your application?
o Who are you?
o What do you want to do?
o Why are you applying to the Trust? 
o How much will the project/initiative cost?

Further information is available on the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust website.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 14 May 2020.