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. The Trustees have recently adopted a new approach whereby they choose one or more themes to focus on for a period of two years and then identify and shortlist certain charities working within these areas.  The shortlisted charities are then invited to make a formal application for funding via the website.  The website is closed to applications from any other charities.

The themes that the Trustees are focusing on until further notice are Literacy and Young People’s Mental Health.

Trustees meet twice a year – usually in January and July. The Trust distribute approximately £400,000 each year to UK charities for project or core costs.

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