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.

Please read our application guidelines for further details of the Trust’s current funding priorities and a full list of exclusions.

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

Grant cycle

Trustees meet twice a year – usually in January and July – but we welcome applications at any time of the year. We distribute approximately £400,000 each year to around 90 UK charities. There are a number of charities with which the Trust has a long-standing relationship, which means that the application process is highly competitive. We will let you know the outcome of your application even if it is unsuccessful, usually within a month of our meeting. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide any additional feedback.


Generally, grants are awarded for one year. They are typically unrestricted and range from £5,000 to £10,000. Trustees may make larger or smaller grants at their discretion. 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 submit a post-grant report detailing how the grant has been spent and its impact.

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 Summer 2022 meeting is midnight on 27th May 2022.

The deadline for applications for the Winter 2022 meeting is midnight on 2nd December 2022.