Hilden Charitable Fund


Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).

Maximum value:  Discretionary

Objectives of Fund

Hilden provides funding to organisations which demonstrate charitable purposes and awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries.

In the UK, most funding goes to registered charities. Overseas projects will either work with a UK charity or show relevant legal status.

The aim of the Fund is to address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are unlikely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Both the UK and overseas fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at community level.

Each year the Fund also sets aside a small budget to help community groups run summer playschemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children (reported separately under ).

Value Notes

Although there are no set funding limits, the average grant is £5,000, and Hilden will consider funding projects for more than one year.

Please note that this foundation receives a large volume of applications each year and around one in nine applicants receive funding.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are required to show what other sources of funding have been sought.

Who Can Apply

Funding is available to UK charities working in the UK or in the developing world or charities that are based and working overseas. Applications will be considered from community interest companies that demonstrate charitable purposes.

To be eligible for UK funding, charities that are registered and operating in the UK must:

  • Have a project that meets the Foundation’s priority areas.
  • Have an income (from all sources) of less than £550,000 in the last financial year.
  • Be able to demonstrate UK charitable purposes.
  • Have adequate insurance and safeguarding policies and procedures for your service users, volunteers and employees, including DRB screening if necessary.
  • Hold less than 12 months spending in cash reserves.

To be eligible for overseas funding, organisations registered and operating in an overseas country must:

  • Have a project that meets the Hilden Charitable Fund’s priority areas.
  • Be formally constituted with a bank account and committee.
  • Demonstrate a charitable purpose.
  • Be able to show the income of their overseas partner is less than £50,000 in the last financial year.


Grants are not made to individuals and are rarely given to well-funded national charities.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding can be used for both project and general running costs. (‘While Trustees’ policy is to address needs by considering and funding specific projects’ costs, Trustees are most sympathetic to funding general running, or core costs.’)

Funding is directed largely at supporting work at the community level.

Grants are available for projects in the UK that are working in the following areas:

  • Homelessness.
  • Penal affairs.
  • Asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25 years. Funding is for programmes that are helping these young people in the job market, with advice, training, volunteering and work placement schemes.

Grants are available for projects in developing countries that are concerned with the following:

  • Community development.
  • Education.
  • Health.

The Fund particularly welcomes projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women.

Priorities given to different types of work within the main categories may change from time to time, as dictated by circumstances.

The following are some of the examples of work that was funded last year by Hilden:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
    • Projects helping destitute refugee without recourse to public funds.
    • Education classes with confidence skills and job training element.
  • Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25 years.
    • Projects to enable unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 with job experience and training.
    • Youth programme with disabled children.
  • Homelessness
    • Day centres for a number of different projects including night shelters and hostels.
    • Weekly evening meal drop-in.
    • Greenhouse scheme for marginalised people and advice services.
  • Penal affairs
    • Direct support services in prison to help families with family days and work with children at visitor centres.
    • Education and drama programmes.
    • Programme to encourage savings.
    • Job and volunteer placements and training schemes for ex- offenders
  • Overseas
    • Gambia for textile workshop materials for young women.
    • Kenya for a mobile family planning service in rural areas.
    • Sierra Leone for building new toilets in schools and a support scheme for families affected by Ebola.

How To Apply

The closing date for applications to be considered at the next grant meeting is 15 January 2021.

Applications are normally accepted at any time.

Application forms are available to complete online. The application form should then be printed out and returned to the Fund by post.

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