Our 60th Anniversary

Weston Anniversary Fund

As part of our 60th Anniversary celebrations in 2018 , we were excited to launch our first ever one-off funding programme - the Weston Anniversary Fund. Initially the Trustees committed to grant a total of £5million to capital projects that provide new, or improve existing facilities to benefit local communities across the UK. Due to the unprecedented number of applications we received - over 2,300 with requests totalling almost £200million, the Trustees more than doubled the fund to £11million.

The Trustees were struck by the quality of applications, the sheer need for capital funds and the breadth of vital work that local organisations are doing across the UK to ensure that they are able to support their local communities. Whilst we were only able to support a relatively small number of projects, we were thrilled that over 60% of applicants applied to us for the first time – encouraging charities new to us to apply was one of our key goals.

We continue to wish the 156 Weston Anniversary Fund grantees the best of luck with their projects and look forward to seeing the finished results over the coming years. Please click Weston Anniversary Fund Grants 2018 for a full list of organisations that received a Weston Anniversary Fund.

This short film gives a deeper insight into the difference the Weston Anniversary Fund has made to one organisation in particular – The Clock Tower Sanctuary in Brighton.