Norwich Charitable Trusts

Our Grants for Organisations

Available Grants

Please note that ‘Norwich Charitable Trusts’ does not exist as a charity, it is simply our group name.  Therefore, you cannot apply to ‘Norwich Charitable Trusts’ for a grant and must instead apply to one of the three grant-making charities within our group –  Anguish’s Educational Foundation, Norwich Consolidated Charities and The Norwich Freemen’s Charity (the latter is also sometimes known as Norwich Town Close Estate Charity).

At the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, we suspended all our previously set grant round dates, replacing these with a single rolling ‘by invitation only’ grant programme for each of our three charities.  The aim of these programmes was, and continues to be, to provide grants for projects which ‘…seek to lessen the impact of Coronavirus, or the restrictions placed on people’s lives as a result of Coronavirus…’ whilst of course working within the Objects and Areas of Benefit of each of our grant-making charities (* see below).  However we are aware that the organisations we fund are now beginning to think about and plan for the post-pandemic needs of their beneficiaries  – so we are also open to applications which address these needs in a realistic way (i.e. which do not assume that the world will be returning to ‘normal’ within the next few months and be unchanged as if the pandemic had never happened).

In addition to applications for direct work with beneficiaries, under certain circumstances we will also consider applications to support the running costs of organisations where these are not available by way of Government or other support and where these are essential in order to continue the provision of services to beneficiaries.

If you wish to apply for a grant, please read the information on this page and then contact David Hynes, CEO of Norwich Charitable Trusts by e-mail david.hynes@norwichcharitabletrusts.org.uk  David will then set up a Zoom conversation with you to discuss your potential application further.  At the end of this conversation you will hopefully be invited to make an application via our Flexigrant application portal nct.flexigrant.com  Please note that being invited to apply is not a guarantee that you will receive a grant; your application will go to the relevant grants committee and will be considered alongside other applications.  Please also note that if you apply without being invited to do so, your application will be deleted and not taken forward to a grants meeting.

Anguish's Educational Foundation

Area of benefit

The City of Norwich and the parishes of:

  • Costessey
  • Hellesdon
  • Catton
  • Sprowston
  • Thorpe St. Andrew
  • Corpusty

Overall aim

The education* of persons under the age of 25 who are in need of financial assistance. *NB – we interpret the word ‘education’ appropriately broadly.

Preferred Areas of Impact

Access and ThriveProjects which increase the ability of young people who live in our Area of Benefit and are in need of financial assistance – to access and make the most of education.

International Links – Projects which promote, encourage, enable, create, support, provide or maintain links, friendships, discussions, debates and/or other forms of joint activities or meaningful contact between young people who live in our Area of Benefit and are in need of financial assistance – and young people from other parts of the world.

Arts and Culture – Projects which promote, encourage, enable, create, support, provide or maintain access to or participation in the arts and/or in cultural events/activities for young people who live in our Area of Benefit and are in need of financial assistance.

Science and Technology – Projects which promote, encourage, enable, create, support, provide or maintain access to or participation in the fields of science and technology for young people who live in our Area of Benefit and are in need of financial assistance.

Additional Challenges – Projects which promote, encourage, enable, create, support, provide or maintain access to and benefit from education for young people who live in our Area of Benefit, are in need of financial assistance and are facing additional challenges in life. *NB – your project can fit with this ‘Preferred Area of Impact’ alone or can fit with this plus one or more of the others listed above.

Norwich Consolidated Charities

Area of benefit

The City of Norwich

Overall aim

The provision of housing accommodation for, and the relief of, persons who are in financial need, hardship or distress, or who are in financial need and sick, convalescent, disabled or infirm by relieving their suffering or assisting their recovery.

Preferred Areas of Impact

Roofs and Support – Projects which make a significant contribution to the provision of housing accommodation for people who are in financial need and resident in the city of Norwich. This includes projects relating to the accommodation itself and projects providing support to those in need of, or living in, such accommodation.

Money – Projects which make a significant contribution to the quality of life of people who are in financial need, financial hardship or financial distress and are resident in the city of Norwich. This includes projects directly addressing financial issues and projects providing respite from financial issues.

Health – Projects which make a significant contribution to relieving the suffering or assisting the recovery of people who are in financial need, resident in the city of Norwich and are sick or convalescent. This does not include projects relating to the provision of private health care.

Discrimination, Exclusion and ‘Difference’ – Projects which make a significant difference to improving the quality of life of people who are in financial need, resident in the city of Norwich and experiencing lack of equality of opportunity and /or discrimination as a result of being disabled or Deaf, or of identifying/being seen as identifying as being ‘different’ from the majority.

Norwich Freemen's Charity

Norwich Freemen’s Charity is the operating name of ‘The Norwich Town Close Estate Charity’, the latter name being that with which we are registered with the Charity Commission

Area of benefit

The area within a 20-mile radius of the City of Norwich Guildhall.

Priority funding areas

Organisations applying must demonstrate an ‘educational benefit’ of the project which they are applying for funding for (with the term ‘education’ being interpreted reasonably flexibly) or that the project concerns the provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation, or that it makes a significant contribution to the cultural life and general benefit of the inhabitants of our ‘Area of benefit’.