The Headley Trust

Trustees are prepared to consider 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 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 – access to safe water, promoting better use of water resources and sanitation projects;
  • Environment – sustainable farming and livelihood development;
  • Education – helping girls to continue their education beyond primary school, students’ access to secondary and tertiary education and projects to improve the quality of teaching;
  • Healthcare – care for mothers and infants and trachoma prevention and treatment programmes in Ethiopia;
  • Emergency Appeals – primarily reserved for disasters in sub-Saharan African countries.


Bursaries for:

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

Health & Social Welfare

  • support for older people to live independently for as long as possible;
  • to improve older people’s quality of life in residential care homes, including supporting people with dementia;
  • support for carers of older people, both locally and nationally;
  • support for disadvantaged families and young people;
  • small grants providing practical aids to disabled people (application form here).

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