Which organisations do we support?

The John Coates Charitable Trust is a grant-making charitable trust, committed to offering financial assistance to UK-registered charities which work in a small number of categories which are of interest to the Trustees.


Trustees meet twice a year – usually in January and July. We distribute approximately £400,000 each year to UK charities for project or core costs. The Trust is currently not accepting applications via the website for their January 2024 meeting while the Trustees review their grant-making procedure. Further information will be made available in early 2024.

Geographical area

The Trust supports national organisations and small charities which are of personal or local interest to the Trustees which deliver projects in the following areas:

  • London-wide or work focused on:
    • North Kensington
    • Lambeth
    • Merton
    • Wandsworth
  • Cambridge or the surrounding area
  • Hampshire
  • North West Norfolk
  • North Devon
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex


We fund work that enables people like Emma, an inmate at HM Prison Bronzefield and Pimlico Opera participant, to say:

“I feel loved, I feel wanted, I feel happy, I don’t feel depressed, I feel I have a future and I like the person I am today.”