What we don't fund

In general the Trusts only make grants to charities registered in the UK or to churches with exempt status.

Except in exceptional circumstances we do not make grants to:

  • Charities registered overseas
  • Umbrella, second tier or grant-making organisations
  • State maintained or independent schools (other than those for pupils with special educational needs)
  • Hospices (other than those with which the Trusts have a strong local connection)
  • NHS hospital trusts and other establishments offering medical care
  • Sports clubs
  • Individuals (whether for education, travel or medical purposes)

In general the Trusts do not make grants to projects falling into the following categories:

  • Animal welfare
  • General appeals or circulars
  • Campaigning or lobbying activities
  • Feasibility studies and social research
  • Training of professionals (including attendance at conferences, courses etc)
  • Costs of staging one-off events such as festivals or conferences
  • Gap year projects, residentials and overseas exchange programmes
  • Summer activities for children/young people or after-school clubs
  • Core running costs of local organisations (rent, utilities, salaries etc)
  • Cancer research and cancer care
  • Cost of running national helplines
  • Salaries of church workers (children & family workers, youth workers, worship leaders, outreach workers etc)
  • Church restoration or repair* (including church roofs, spires, organs, bells, wall paintings etc)

*Please see the Beatrice Laing Trust funding page for guidance on the funding which is available for church building projects.