The G C Gibson Charitable Trust – a grant-making Trust with a Devon connection

George C Gibson was the nephew of the Welsh ship owner William James Tatem (1868–1942). Tatem was born at Appledore, North Devon, ran away to sea, suffered shipwreck and yellow fever before settling down in Cardiff in 1886 as a clerk with the tramp steamer owners Anning Bros. By 1897 he had sufficient funds to set up in business on his own and order the tramp steamer Lady Lewis in the name of the Lady Lewis Steamship Co. Ltd. Tatem’s business prospered. By 1900 he had 6 steamers and in 1903 there were 13 ships in his fleet. He was killed by a bomb in 1943 and George Gibson took over the business. It still exists today.

The G C Gibson Charity offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to a wide range of charities. The trustees are all highly involved in various philanthropic activities and priority for support is given to charities that the trustees have previously worked with. However, the Trust adds few new charities each year.

In 2018 the Trust supported 10 organisations with an average grant of around £4,000.

The general criteria for the Trust is:

o Charities must be UK registered but can operate anywhere in the world.
o Support for smaller charities where the impact of the Trust’s money will not get lost and will influence the lives of many, The maximum annual charitable donations should be £1 million.
o If your charity has already received support from the Trust, it will contact you directly if you require more support. Previously awarded charities are not invited to reapply.

The Trust generally funds capital equipment purchases or building refurbishment which provide benefit to the aged or the disadvantaged young or to the disabled, mainly in the UK. Applications from charities operating overseas will also be considered.

The Trust likes wish to encourage projects that increase engagement for the benefit of both individuals and society. Grants can be used for matched funding to unlock further funds.
Shorter applications tend to fare better with this grant provider, so letters of application should be kept to 1 page.

The application process will open again on Thursday 1 August and applicants will be notified in October.

The Trust should only be contacted by email at

Further information is available on the Trust’s website.