The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £60 million annually. It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and since then has donated over £960 million, becoming one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK. The Trustees are descendants of the founder and the Weston family continues to take a highly active and hands-on approach.
The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest and therefore supports a wide range of charitable activity in the following categories:
The Trustees have a preference for charities directly delivering services and activities to those in need, and are especially keen to see applications from charities in the Welfare, Youth and Community sectors and also in regions of economic disadvantage.
Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation, ranging from small community and volunteer projects to large national organisations. Despite this range, the common theme is that charities demonstrate they are meeting a need effectively with clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership, sensible business plans and a commitment to excellence.