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A grant-giving charity that supports innovative and pioneering Social, Medical and Religious projects, to enable human flourishing and to prevent suffering.

The Trust funds a wide range of organisations to achieve this goal, with grants normally ranging from one to three years in duration and up to circa £60,000 per project (with a £30,000 limit per year), although in exceptional cases up to £80,000 may be considered.  The Trust is underpinned by Christian values, but welcomes applications from other faith and non-faith projects.

Those interested in making an application under our Special Funding Initiative please note the closing date is 30 September 2022. Details and application form can be found under “What we do” below.



A Member of the Association of Charitable Foundations

Who we are

The Trust is a grant-giving foundation established by Sir Halley Stewart in 1924.  It is concerned with the development of people’s minds, bodies and spirits, and promotes a just environment and international good will through its grant-making.

The Trust is managed by a part-time Director, supported by a Grants Manager, and governed by Trustees from the Stewart family and experts in the Trust’s special areas of interest.

Our Trustees meet three times a year to award grants to UK-based charitable organisations, for both national and international projects.


What we do

The Trust has a particular focus on supporting innovative research projects and new pioneering development projects, primarily through the provision of salary costs.  We fund Medical, Social and Religious projects, with Education being a theme that runs across all three grant-making areas.

We award a number of Main Grants (normally up to £60,000, with a £30,000 limit per year) and a limited number of Small Grants (one-off grants for projects costing up to £5,000).  We will keep our website updated with any special announcements or new funding programmes. 

Special Funding Initiative

Preventing youth homelessness for young women subjected to actual or witnessed abuse

From our funding of projects in the youth homelessness sector, and consultations with organisations working this field, the Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the Wates Foundation have become increasingly aware of key times of transition that increase the risk of young people becoming homeless. 

The Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the Wates Foundation are therefore inviting funding applications for new practice projects focussed on the prevention of homelessness in young women who have suffered from, or witnessed, abuse and the transition into homelessness as a result.

Please see our Special Funding Initiative page for more details. 




How to apply

Click here for guidance on how to make an application.  

The Trust’s next Board meetings will be held on:

6 October 2022: Closed to new applications.

15 June 2023: Open to new applications. Currently, this grant round is estimated to close mid-end February 2023, but may need to close earlier due to the volume of applications being received.

Meetings are ‘closed’ to new application submissions at the discretion of the Trust, and without prior warning, once the meeting capacity is reached.

Click here to view the Trust’s Privacy Notice.