The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust Fund supports registered charities, exempted and excepted organisations, whose activities benefit residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Priority will be given to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community and the quality of life of individuals within that community.
Application deadline 15th November 2023
Grants are available to support core and project costs, and will generally range from £1000 to £10,000; the Fund aims to prioritise projects for which a Willan grant will represent a significant contribution to delivery of the work.
CIO & Charities can apply. The preference is for charities with income of less than £1.5m in the North East but applications from national charities are welcomed for projects that solely benefit the North East.
Examples of work that the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust Fund considers include:
• Core costs of organisations meeting the needs of communities experiencing high levels of deprivation.
• Capital and refurbishment costs for community buildings.
• Projects and Self-help initiatives that improve local quality of life.
• Services for young people that address educational needs or offer diversion from crime and anti-social behaviour.
• Projects assisting local communities affected by crime and anti-social behaviour.
• Art projects that help tackle deprivation or improve local quality of life.
• The work of youth organisations and, in particular, the Sea Cadets, Scouts, Guides, Boys’ Brigades and other uniformed organisations. Grants will not normally exceed £1,500.
• Projects that draw on the region’s rich maritime tradition to deliver improvements in local quality of life or address deprivation.
• Gap year voluntary work through Project Trust. Grants are limited to a maximum of £500 towards expenses in undertaking a voluntary placement. Applicants must normally reside in the North East region and applications should be made through Project Trust.