Welcome to the Forrester Trusts web site, home of both the Donald Forrester Trust and the Gwyneth Forrester Trust.

Both Trusts make annual grants to charities registered in England & Wales; the purpose of this site is to assist those charities who wish to apply for such grants whilst, at the same time, keeping our administration costs to a minimum.

Further information regarding the individual Trusts can be found by clicking on the appropriate tab. However, a brief outline of the grants available is as follows;-

Donald Forrester Trust

Grants are usually made twice yearly in March and October. For the year ended 31st March 2020 grants totalled £300,600. Grants are made to a wide range of charities and can vary in amount but are generally in the sum of £5,000. We have recently adopted a policy of making grants equal to 3.75% of our net assets at the latest year end.

For the year ending 31st March 2021 we will only be making one round of grants. Applications, which will only be accepted online through this website, will open on 2nd January 2021. Grants will be distributed during March 2021.

Gwyneth Forrester Trust

Grants are made annually in March. For the year ended 31st March 2020 grants totalled £984,670.

Grants fall into three categories:

1. Annual funding support for three years

2. A theme for the year

3. Disaster relief

More details can be found here.

We have recently adopted a policy of making grants equal to 3.75% of our net assets at the latest year end.

The Grant Process

Historically both Trusts have had a policy of not accepting unsolicited grant applications, enabling them to provide continuing support to a relatively select number of organisations. However, the Trustees have now decided to encourage applications from a wider range of charities and will look favourably on smaller organisations where we feel our funding will provide vital support to the work of volunteers. Likewise we will look positively on organisations where both overheads and fund raising costs are kept to a minimum.

Please look at the page for each individual Trust for more details about the process. Please note that given the large number of applications we receive we are unable to either enter into correspondence regarding applications or notify those organisations which have not been successful in their applications. Details of donations made will be published both in the annual accounts and on this site.

Trust Administration

Adrian Hollands and Gabi Richardson deal with the day to day administration of the trusts, all correspondence should be addressed to 11 Whitecroft Way, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3AQ or ah@forrestertrusts.com.