The Headley Trust

Trustees are prepared to consider unsolicited proposals so long as they closely match one of the following areas of interest:

Arts & Heritage UK

  • Regional museums and galleries, with special consideration for curatorial support and acquisitions;
  • The display, study and acquisition of British ceramics;
  • Conservation of industrial, maritime and built heritage;
  • Archaeology;
  • Major museums, galleries and libraries (not normally large capital projects);
  • Crafts (including rural crafts);
  • Arts education/outreach and access to the arts for disabled and disadvantaged people;
  • Headley Trust Museums Archaeological Acquisition Fund.

Cathedrals & Major Churches

  • Restoration or repair work to the fabric of ancient cathedrals, parish church cathedrals and large churches of exceptional architectural merit.

Parish Churches

  • Fabric repairs to listed medieval parish churches in sparsely populated and less prosperous rural areas in England & Wales;
  • Provision or upgrade of parish church toilet facilities and disabled access.

Arts & Heritage Overseas

  • Conservation and recording of heritage (including ecclesiastical & vernacular architecture, archaeology and cultural artefacts), primarily in South Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina), but also in Turkey and Ethiopia;
  • Raising awareness of heritage issues in these countries, supporting the capacity of new heritage NGOs, and training the next generation of conservation and heritage professionals.

Developing Countries

Development projects in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, under the following general headings:

  • Water – including access to safe water, promoting better use of water resources and sanitation projects;
  • Environment – including sustainable energy, sustainable farming, forestry and livelihood development, habitat management and conservation and environmental education;
  • Education and literacy – in particular supporting pilot projects to trial educational innovations;
  • Healthcare – including care for mothers and infants and people with disabilities and trachoma prevention and treatment programmes in Ethiopia;
  • Emergency Appeals – primarily reserved for supporting communities seeking to rebuild their lives in the period after a disaster or emergency (at the discretion of trustees).


Mainly bursaries for:

  • Vocational training in traditional crafts, conservation and heritage skills;
  • UK graduate students (dance) and postgraduate students (music).

Health & Social Welfare

  • Ways to encourage older people to live independently for as long as possible;
  • Projects to improve older people’s quality of life in residential care homes, including supporting people with dementia;
  • Carers’ projects (local & national);
  • Projects that support families, including pre-school children and parenting education;
  • Projects that encourage volunteering;
  • Support for specific medical conditions (at the discretion of trustees);
  • Small grants providing practical aids for disabled people. Applications can only be considered by completing this form. Further detail on the types of equipment Trustees will consider can also be found on the application form.

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