The Pilgrim Trust aims to preserve and promote Britain’s historical and intellectual assets and to provide assistance to vulnerable members of society.
The Trustees are particularly keen to assist projects which have encountered difficulties in raising funds from other sources, and to fund projects which will make a significant impact in their chosen area.
The following types of organisation across the U.K. may apply for a grant:
o Registered charities;
o Organisations that are exempt from registration;
o Recognised public bodies; and
o Registered Friendly Societies
The Trust provides two grant schemes:
1. Main Grant Fund - the primary grant outlet, this Fund distributes approximately 90% of the Trust's annual grant budget. If the project fits the programme criteria, organisations can apply under the scheme for sums above £5,000;
2. Small Grant Fund - this fund is reserved for requests of £5,000 or less. Applicants to the Small Grants Fund normally require less detailed assessment (though a visit or meeting may be required), but applicants should include the names of two referees for organisations with whom they work.
There is no specific requirement for match funding.
During the year ending 31 December 2015 the Trust’s charitable expenditure was £2,887,282.
Grants can be used for:
o Revenue costs such as staff salaries but generally not equipment costs;
o Project costs;
o The costs of initial exploratory work for organisations seeking to rescue important buildings and monuments; and/or
o Capital costs.
The Pilgrim Trust focuses its funding on two areas:
1. Preservation and Scholarship
The Trust's concern is the preservation of the United Kingdom’s rich heritage for the benefit of future generations. Part of that heritage lies in physical objects such as buildings, artefacts and recorded information. In this programme area emphasis is placed on projects that seek to conserve historical buildings, monuments and collections. Improving access to collections is also important and the Trust encourages projects that promote awareness either by making collections more available or by supporting academic research. This includes:
o Preservation of, and repairs to, historic buildings and architectural features. Special consideration is given to projects that give new use to buildings of outstanding architectural or historic importance;
o Conservation of monuments or structures that are important to their surrounding, including buildings designed for public performance;
o Conservation of works of art, books, significant ephemera, museum objects and records associated with archaeology, historic buildings and the landscape. Note: Funding for such work is considered only if normal facilities are not available;
o Promotion of knowledge through academic research and its dissemination, including cataloguing within museums, galleries and libraries and institutions where historic, scientific or archaeological records are preserved. Note: funding is restricted to works for which public funds are not available. Costs for preparing the work for publication will be considered but not those for the publication itself;
o Cataloguing of archives and manuscripts: the Pilgrim Trust is currently funding the cataloguing of archives and manuscripts through the National Cataloguing Scheme administered through The National Archives; and
o Places of Worship
2. Social Welfare
This programme aims to break cycles of dependency and to help develop a sense of social inclusion in disadvantaged or marginalised groups within the UK. This includes projects in prisons and projects providing alternatives to custody that fall within the following themes:
o Projects that seek to reduce the use of custody for women. Trustees will include work with women with extreme vulnerabilities which are likely to lead to offending. Organisations applying in this area will be expected to have considerable experience and expertise in work with women with multiple and complex needs; and
o Projects that seek to support women who are leaving custody and that assist them to reintegrate with society and their families. Trustees have an interest in projects that assist female offenders and ex-offenders families, particularly their children.
The following projects are not eligible for funding:
o Non UK registered charities or charities in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man;
o Projects based outside the United Kingdom;
o Projects where the work has already been completed or where contracts have already been awarded;
o Organisations that have had a grant awarded by the Trust within the last two years, for the same project;
o Projects with a capital cost of over £1 million where partnership funding is required;
o Projects where the activities are considered to be primarily the responsibility of central or local government;
o General appeals or circulars;
o Projects for the commissioning of new works of art;
o Organisations seeking publishing production costs;
o Projects seeking to develop new facilities within a church or the reordering of churches or places of worship for wider community use;
o Any social welfare project that falls outside the Trustees' current priorities;
o Arts and drama projects, unless they can demonstrate that they are linked to clear educational goals that are aligned to the Trust's priorities;
o Drop in centres, unless the current work falls within one of the Trustees' current priority areas;
o Youth or sports clubs, travel or adventure projects, community centres or children's play groups;
o Organisations seeking funding for trips abroad;
o Organisations seeking educational funding eg assistance to individuals for degree or post-degree work or school, university or college development programmes; or
o One-off events such as exhibitions, festivals, seminars, conferences or theatrical and musical productions.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
The Trustees meet quarterly to review applications.
Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust's website.
Contact details for the Pilgrim Trust are:
Miss Georgina Nayle
The Pilgrim Trust
55a Catherine Place
London SW1E 6DY
Tel: 020 7834 6510