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 the following areas:

  • Education
  • The arts
  • Medicine and healthcare
  • Heritage and the environment
  • Societal and community cohesion.

The Trust is unlikely to support applications from/for:

  • Individuals
  • Regional offices of national organisations
  • Projects delivered overseas.

Geographical area

The Trust supports national organisations and small charities which are of personal or local interest to the Trustees. If you are a local charity operating in London, East Anglia, or the South East or South West of England, please call the office on 01285 719595 to discuss further as to whether it would be appropriate to apply.


The Trustees favour charitable organisations which can demonstrate:

  • Financial sustainability
  • A track record of positive impact
  • A long-term vision.


Typical grants are between £5,000 and £10,000 but in exceptional circumstances awards may be higher. Only one grant will be awarded to any organisation within a 12-month period but Trustees may choose to renew their support in subsequent years. Successful applicants will be asked to report back on the impact of the grant.

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.”


The next grant round closes on Friday 6th December 2019 for consideration at the Trustees’ winter meeting in January 2020.