Hillards Charitable Trust




  • Supports independent, locally managed, non-profit, voluntary and community-based organisations that provide social support to the communities once served by Hillards stores
  • Normally makes grants on a one-off basis up to £1,000 
  • Makes two £10,000 grants where such a grant can deliver a significant impact for an organisation

The Trust supports

  • Care for older people luncheon clubs, outings, winter aid, combatting isolation, social activities
  • Medical health volunteer schemes, respite care, hospices
  • Physical/mental health support for the less able
  • Children’s charities enhancing sports/social opportunities
  • Church based projects with a proven outreach factor
  • Education reading support, literacy advocation, one to one support

The Trust does NOT fund

  • Any organisation with more than 33% of its income from statutory funding
  • Animal welfare/Wildlife organisations
  • Capital projects (e.g. building works) unless majority funding has been pledged
  • Church roof/spire/organ/window restoration
  • Community based activities run and managed by Local Authority employees
  • Environmental causes - conserving & protecting plants, geography & scenery
  • Expeditions/overseas travel/holiday schemes
  • Grant-giving organisations
  • Individuals’ personal needs
  • Uniformed Organisations
  • Loans or business finance
  • Local Authority day care centres/health centres
  • Mainstream education funding including teaching activities
  • Medical research
  • Minibuses – except maintenance/driver training support
  • Musical/Theatrical groups, Artistic productions, Touring companies
  • National charities without autonomy in an area covered by the Trust
  • Promotion of religion
  • Sponsorship/Fundraising events or activities by groups or individuals
  • University/college fees
  • Bodies that have received a grant from the Trust in the preceding 18 months.

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