Grant Statistics

The present Trustees have been in place for more than 10 years – what have we achieved since we took over?

Broadly, we’ve supported ‘green care’ and countryside and horticultural education – see our Trust’s Aims webpage. You can learn who we have supported from our Grants Awarded webpage which contains all donations, is searchable and includes a map of our recipients’ locations. We have pretty much covered the UK.

 As we have become more widely known proposals have begun to pour in. It seems we have tapped an enormous charitable need. Competition for our funding is now considerable, is increasing and greatly exceeds our granting capacity, as the graphs on this webpage show.

For example, since April 2007, when the present Trustees restarted donations, we’ve received more than 1500 proposals totalling almost £14.6M. But to preserve our capital fund we’ve donated ‘only’ c.£3.98M so far, to roughly 600 separate UK enterprises.

Both the number and amount of donations requested have increasingly exceeded those we’ve granted (see Graph 1 below). In 2020-21 (including the impact of the pandemic) the proposal amount was diminished by 22% on the previous year but still numbered 338 totalling £2.2M. Nevertheless, we granted a record £605,000 (up 36% on 2019-20) to 135 applicants, in part because we decided to give £180,000 to the Covid-19 research effort of the Francis Crick Institute. Usefully, matching funds from Cancer Research UK grew this donation to £280,000. Our notional annual funding limit at present remains around £0.5M. 

Graph of donations requested

Graph 1: the multiple of donations requested (number, blue bars and amount [£], red bars) compared with the numbers and amounts we agreed at our meetings. Prior to April 2011 grant requests were fewer so have been excluded for clarity. The total value of funding requested was £2.2M via 338 proposals, a multiple of 3.65 times the amount of grant-aid we actually disbursed in that year.


Nevertheless, we’ve maintained our giving at a steady rate, as Graph 2 shows. But even though the annual amount we donate has reached a plateau, applications continue to stream in and are rising exponentially (see Graph 3).

Donations Cumlative
Graph showing annual donations

Graph 2: The value of our cumulative donations has increased at a steady pace since grant-aid was restarted by the present Trustees. So far we have agreed donations totalling £4M, starting from a baseline of zero prior to April 2007.

Graph 3: Annual donations granted since 2007-08 (left-hand scale) compared with the numbers of applications (right-hand scale). The hump in the red line reflects grant-aid that extended over several years; we reduced multi-year grants (hence the dip), even though we understand their importance to recipients, because we found they restricted the Trust’s giving ability. The exponential rise in application numbers is clear and striking.

This means your proposal must focus on our charitable objectives, otherwise your efforts are likely to be wasted. It follows as well that if you ask for funding that greatly exceeds other requests (which you can gauge from our Grants Awarded webpage), then your proposal has to be commensurately better than others we receive.

Can we grow to meet this increasing charitable demand? We’ve developed a Donate webpage administered by the Charities Aid Foundation – take a look.

Donations can be gift-aided if you pay income tax at the basic level, which boosts their value. Company giving also has tax advantages.

Our running costs are low and the Trustees are unsalaried. You will be helping schools, countryside education and green care, all located in the UK – the demand for this unmet need can only grow.