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1989 Willan Trust

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£525,025 (2017/2018)


£738,429 (2017/2018)


Mr F A Chapman, Mr A Ohlsson, Willan Trustee Limited


North East



Geographical Areas of Work: County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, North East
Areas of Work: Addiction, Animal Welfare, Arts, BME, Carers, Children, Young, People, Community Development, Culture, Disability, Disadvantage, Poverty, Education, Training, Employment, Environment, Conservation, Family, General Charitable Purposes, Health, Medicine, Hearing Impairment, Homelessness, Housing, International Work, Learning Difficulties, Leisure, Mental Health, Offending Crime, Older People, Research, Social Welfare, Community Care, Visual Impairment, Women
Grant Amount: Under £1,000, £1,000 - £5,000, £5,000 - £10,000, £10,000 - £50,000
Covid-19 support or funding information:
Type of Funding: Project running costs, Capital
Type of Organisation Funded: Registered Charity, Community Group, Via an intermediary charity, Social Enterprise, Company limited by guarantee, Hospices

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust aims to distribute approximately £500,000 each year to good causes, primarily in the North East of England. Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland supports the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust’s grant making in the North East region, receiving and vetting applications for the trustees.

Priority will be given to activities that ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community and the quality of life of individuals within that community.

Grants are available to support organisations’ core costs, as well as discreet projects, and will generally range from £500 to £10,000. The Trustees wish to prioritise projects for which Willan funding will represent a significant contribution to delivery of the project.

Applications are welcomed from registered charities, exempted or excepted organisations, based in, or benefiting, residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Other organisations and community groups may not apply, unless they are working in partnership with a registered charity, which will act as the lead organisation and apply on their behalf. The Trustees tend to weight their support towards local charitable organisations, including those operating as branches of national charities.

The Trustees preference is for charities with expenditure of less than £1m in the North East. Applications from national charities are welcomed, but only for projects that solely benefit the North East. Applicants with more than six months’ running costs in reserve will not usually be considered for a grant, unless the application demonstrates that funding the project from reserves will reduce them to an imprudent level. Willan grants are for a maximum of one year, although continuation funding will be considered on an annual basis. However, the Trustees will not normally consider more than three applications in any six-year period.


The Charity awarded 101 grants totalling £505,514 in 2017/2018, with the average grant being £5,005.


The Trustees meet in March, June, September and December. Applications will generally be considered at the next scheduled meeting, provided they are received by the 15th of the preceding month. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible to ensure they are considered at the next available meeting. All applicants are contacted with the outcome of their application within three months.

Applicants must complete the 1989 Willan Charitable Trust application form on the Community Foundation website and submit by email together with all supporting documentation, as set out in the guidelines.

If you do not have an email account, application forms may be submitted by post. The application must include the following:
Contact details for the applicant organisation
A brief description of the applicant organisation, its track record and current activities
Charity number or HMRC number if an exempted organisation, such as a Church, to evidence registration for tax purposes
Details of the activities for which funding is sought and why they are needed
A budget for the activities and details of any funding from other sources, stating if secured or unsecured
Details of the charity’s bank account and a copy of the most recent bank statement. The name of the account should be the name of your group and you should include the address of your bank, your sort code (six numbers) and account number (eight numbers).

Applicants should also submit a copy of their most recent accounts if not already held on the Charity Commission website. For partnerships, details of the lead charity must be provided together with the most recent accounts or financial statements for the smaller, non-registered group itself.


(Unless these address deprivation and/or enrich local communities, improving local quality of life)
statutory organisations, including schools or activities eligible for public funding
trips abroad
individuals, except Project Trust applications from residents of the benefit area
projects focused on: heritage and the environment, religion and the promotion of faith, scientific and/or medical research