We are of course mindful of the challenging situation and changing circumstances for our grantees and are prepared to be flexible as regards plans and timelines if required, depending on grantees’ particular circumstances.  Please do keep us informed of any difficulties you may encounter on your project and we will do our best to help.

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 applying for the first time, please be aware that the Trust is currently only supporting charities 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

If you are unsure whether you are eligible, 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.

View our eligibility criteria.

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 deadline for applications for the Winter 2021 meeting is midnight on 3rd December 2021.

The deadline for applications for the Summer 2022 meeting is midnight on 27th May 2022.