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Funding Policy and Application Guidelines

The Wharfedale Foundation is a Trust that has its roots in the Christian tradition.  We recognise a common practical vision of a better world with those of other faith traditions and none.  We therefore 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.  


Main Funding Programme -  a two stage process for organisations with an income of up to £250,000. Although we may award up to £5,000 this is exceptional, the typical grant is normally around £2,000-£3,000. 


Small Grants Programme - a one stage process  for smaller organisations with an income of less than £50,000  seeking grants of up to £500.


We fund projects:

  • that focus on neighbourhoods and communities of interest,
  • wher​e people are developing lasting relationships at a grassroots level,
  • with the potential for positive, longer term change,
  • that are willing to try out new ways of working that others can learn from,
  • promoting the inclusion of people experiencing the most social and economic hardship,
  • that enable people to be agents of change in their own lives and communities,

Selection criteria

Projects applying for funding need to:

  • be located within the Yorkshire and Humber region,
  • be able to demonstrate longer term financial and project planning, involving multiple streams of funding,
  • demonstrate innovative or creative ways of addressing areas of concern,
  • demonstrate how change and transformation can be achieved in one or more of the following ways:
    • creating greater inclusivity by breaking down barriers of fear based on for example religious, cultural, ethnic or social difference or financial hardship,
    • integrating marginalised groups into mainstream society and promoting a welcoming culture,
    • aiding the integration of marginalised groups through environmental projects,
    • developing greater understanding of these issues through carrying out research.

We will not fund:

  • capital projects,
  • core organisational costs,
  • salaries where there is no indication of how the post will be sustainable in the future,
  • general appeals or projects that do not actively seek to address divisions in society,
  • applications from individuals, although we will consider groups who apply wishing to set up bursary funds to support individuals

How to apply

If you think you have a project we might consider funding, start by contacting our Administrator by phone, email or clicking on the contact button below giving a brief description of it.  If it falls within our criteria, you will be asked to send us a brief outline of the project and what you hope to achieve.


Once we have assessed your initial outline you may be invited to complete a full application and details of how to do this will be sent to you. Part of the full application will require additional supporting documents (annual reports, accounts etc) and may involve requesting further information from you or arranging a visit to meet you at your project to talk through your application in more detail.​


Closing dates for initial outlines are given below.  Trustees will consider full applications at least quarterly. If you have questions about the application process, or whether your project may fit our funding criteria please contact us.


Outline deadlines 2019

  • 1 March 2019
  • 12 July 2019
  • 13 September 2019


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