One of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts has announced that it will permanently close to all online applications at noon on 18 January 2013.
The Trustees have stated that they intend to wind down the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust over the next three years, and no unsolicited applications will be considered after 18 January 2013.
The closure will be a blow to the charitable sector at a time when it is already challenging to find funding. The Trust has given nearly £70 million in grants to thousands of charities across the UK since it first opened 26 years ago.
Charities registered in the UK still have some time to submit an online application for a Main Grant of between £10,000 and £250,000. Smaller charities can apply for Small Grants of up to £5,000. Funding can help with both revenue and capital costs.
Preference will be given to projects with a long-term focus and should address one of the following areas:
- Reducing reoffending: projects aiming to improve the lot of people in prison and smooth the transition for those leaving prison, maximising their chances of successful resettlement.
- Improving prospects: projects providing meaningful occupation for young people aged 14-19 to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion; work to improve the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
- Repairing communities: projects led from within the community with the aim of integrating different social and ethnic groups in pursuit of worthwhile goals.
- Repairing lives: projects making a lasting impact on the lives of people with substance misuse problems; projects helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Preserving heritage: conserving or restoring buildings and landscapes which are of national value and accessible to the public; saving from export art and manuscripts of national importance; developing conservation skills, especially among disadvantaged groups.
- Sustaining the arts: nurturing and developing artistic endeavour of the highest quality.
The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust was endowed by Sir John Paul Getty, KBE, who died in April 2003 in London, where he had lived since the 1970s. The Trust started distributing funds in 1986.
Full details can be found on the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust website (opens in new window).
Source: J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, 28/11/2012