The trust does not make grants to individuals.  The trust only makes grants to other charities that are registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.  The trustees have the power to benefit other charities engaged in all types of charitable purposes.  The trustees regularly review their priorities in grant making but currently favour charities principally engaged in advancing the following charitable purposes:

  • the advancement of health or the saving of lives;
  • the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science;
  • the advancement of environmental protection or improvement;
  • the relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

Principles followed by the trustees in their grant making

  1. The trustees will normally only fund the work of charities operating in North Wales and Cheshire. Exceptionally the trustees will fund charities operating nationally and internationally e.g. in the case of disaster appeals.
  2. The trustees prefer to contribute to specific appeals and projects rather than to contribute to general running costs or expenditure of a charity.
  3. The trustees are willing to contribute both to large charities and small charities.
  4. The trustees will not normally approve any grant without seeing the most recently published annual report and accounts of the charity that they intend to benefit.
  5. The trustees do not normally make grants of less than £1,000.
  6. The trustees will consider funding an ongoing project of another charity on a regular basis in appropriate circumstances.

Any grant made by the trustees shall be made at the absolute discretion of the trustees. Whilst this list does not create a bar to the making of a grant, the trustees will not normally fund any of the following:

  • general appeals from national charities
  • small contributions to large appeals for vehicles or buildings; unless the trustees are satisfied that all other required funds have been secured by the applicant
  • animal charities
  • religious organisations
  • any part of a request for a grant that would involve the payment of salaries or renumeration.

The above grant making policy is available as a .pdf here

If your charity meets the criteria and you would like to apply to The Williams Family Foundation for funding you can apply here.