We understand that during the pandemic our grantees may need to pause activities or re-purpose their grants. Please contact us to make us aware of this.
We continue to accept applications under our usual criteria but due to the effect on income we have reduced our maximum grant to £2,500 for the foreseeable future.
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 within communities and a concern for the natural environment. We have an interest in interfaith dialogue, social cohesion, exclusion and environmental sustainability and
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 within communities and a concern for the natural environment. We have an interest in interfaith dialogue, social cohesion, exclusion and environmental sustainability and a focus on grassroots and youth-oriented projects. Our guiding principles are a Christian-based concern for the wellbeing of God's creation and the flourishing of individuals and communities.
As a charity we are completely dependent on donations from supporters plus income from our investments. Our supporters (or Friends) are a vital part of the work that we do. Becoming a Friend is an opportunity to get more involved in the foundation, meeting the projects we fund at our AGM, and doing something really worthwhile.
Photograph: Doncaster Conversation Club
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.
Photograph: The Cellar Trust
The Wharfedale Foundation has its origins in Scargill House at Kettlewell in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire. The house had been sold at auction to the Church of England and from 1959 the charitable company Scargill House Ltd. operated as a Christian residential community with a particular ministry to guests coming to Scargill for individual teaching and spiritual refreshment or on parish weekends.
From the early 2000s the direction of Scargill House began to change to focus on issues of social justice, inclusivity and the environment. When financial difficulties forced the closure of the house in July 2008, it was again sold, the proceeds used to establish a grant making foundation, and Scargill House Ltd, whilst remaining the same charity and limited company, was renamed The Wharfedale Foundation.
Scargill House was purchased by a newly formed registered charity, The Scargill Movement (supported by the community at Lee Abbey), who are committed to furthering the original vision, ministry and mission of the house as a Christian community.
The two charities The Wharfedale Foundation and The Scargill Movement recognise their common ancestry and maintain contact and an appreciation of their complementary roles.
In 2019 as The Wharfedale Foundation reaches its 10th anniversary, we are pleased to celebrate both that milestone and also the fact that, through the continuing activities of The Scargill Movement, the ministry of Scargill House has now been in operation for 60 years.
Photograph: Steven Craven CC BY-SA 2.0
Iain is a community development worker based in South Yorkshire. He has a background in voluntary, community and faiths sector infrastructure and is currently leading a later life engagement strategy with Age UK Rotherham. Iain is an experienced charity trustee and has volunteered and led local community and faith based responses to poverty and social exclusion for over 30 years.
Mary has over 15 years’ experience working with a variety of children and young people’s charities in the areas of disability, health and education. With a background in third sector project management, her roles have included Director of Development and Chief Executive. Mary recently took a break from work to study for an MA in English Literature to add to her MSc in International Development and is now back working in the charitable sector as an Operations and Grants Manager .
Stewart is the Director of Fundraising for the Archbishop of York Youth Trust which empowers young people to transform their communities. He has been fundraising for over 10 years and has a particular interest in strengthening local communities and including those who would normally be excluded. He lives in York with his wife and family.
Uell worked in business finance for many years (he is qualified as a Fund Manager) before giving up the corporate life to work for the church. As a Chuch of England priest he had a diocesan wide role advising on fundraising, stewardship and governance until his retirement in 2018. Uell is member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Imran is a financial analyst and currently works for a local housing association. When not working Imran's passion is walking and climbing. In summer 2019 he climbed Mount Snowden and Ben Nevis before completing a 10 day trek in northern Pakistan raising money for a cancer patients. Since returning he has completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks and next his sights are set on climbing in the Atlas Mountains .
I was was born in South Wales and am married to Alun Taylor. Together we have served in the Christian Ministry for 35 years until my husband retired four years ago.
We have three sons and nine wonderful grandchildren! I have, for the past twenty years headed up Your Place - a centre within a very deprived area of Grimsby. Over the years we have been able to create a thriving centre of friendship, activity and support, which is a real ‘home-from-home’ for many local people. My work in the community has been a great joy and privilege. and I currently serve Your Place in the capacity of Funding Coordinator.
Your Place has, in the past benefitted greatly from funding received from the Wharfedale Foundation and I am privileged to have been asked to join the Trustee Board, where I hope to be of service.
John is currently the Project manager at Community Matters (Yorkshire) having spent the last 13 years supporting organisations on behalf of both national charities and local authorities.
Kaye is a funding advice worker at Voluntary Action Leeds supporting third sector organisations. She has worked in the sector for over 25 years, mainly training and supporting voluntary, community and faith groups to access a range of funding sources. Kaye is also involved in the Yorkshire & Humber Funding Advice Worker Network and Yorkshire and Humber Funders’ Forum.
Rachel worked for 20 years as an IT professional and project manager for a multi-national manufacturer. She is a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Headingley and since 2007 has supported churches and charitable organisations with their administration and IT.