The Wharfedale Foundation is a grant-making charity funding community projects in Yorkshire and the Humber.  Founded in 2009 with the proceeds of the sale of Scargill House in Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, its primary aim is to help the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society.  We fund organisations and initiatives in Yorkshire and the Humber that bring communities together, support communities who feel marginalised and forgotten, or build bridges between communities.

New funding programme for 2024/25

We now fund organisations with an annual income that is at or below £300,000. For organisations with an annual income of under £150,000 grants will be from £500 up to £10,000 and may be over 1 or 2 years. For organisations with an annual income of £150,000 to £300,000, grants will be for up to £25,000 over 1 or 2 years.

Applications will be considered in 2024 over 2 rounds:

  1. Round 1 is now closed to new submissions.
  2. Round 2 opens on 6/9/24 to 27/9/24 for expressions of interest, with full applications invited to submit between 7/10/24 – 1/11/2024

There will be 2 further rounds in 2025.

For more details about the types of organisations and projects we support see What We Fund. To find out how to apply see Apply for Funding.

How we’re helping

We are a grant-awarding trust funding projects in Yorkshire and the Humber. Our aims are the breaking down of barriers in society,  the integration of marginalised groups in communities and tackling disadvantage.  We have an interest in interfaith dialogue, social cohesion, exclusion and environmental sustainability and a focus on grassroots and youth-oriented projects.

Project funding

We support 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. We aim to fund projects that address the divisions in our society by developing greater understanding of social justice and diversity.  

Core and development funding

We will fund core and development costs (including staff salaries, training, pilot projects, on-going services etc.) and are particularly keen to support organisations to be more sustainable.


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We support organisations and projects that bring people together, that promote better understanding between people and groups who have different backgrounds, abilities and beliefs. They are creative in trying to bring about positive change in their communities.


We fund applications that try to include people who are experiencing hardship, alienation or poverty. These projects tackle social isolation enabling marginalised groups to fully participate in the life of their neighbourhoods.

We welcome organisations seeking funding to help disadvantaged groups who have been most affected by external circumstances. There are people of all ages and backgrounds across the region who are facing poverty and isolation.