Funding sources, Trusts and foundations, Fundraising

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts 2016/17

With The Directory of Grant Making Trusts you'll have access to key information about 2,000 grant making trusts, each with the potential to give £40,000 a year or more to charities.

*Sold out. The next edition will be published Sept 2017. Please note you will not be able to place orders for this until August 2017.

You may wish to consider the recently published The Guide to Major Trusts 2017/18 as an alternative. It gives in-depth details of the 1,000 largest trusts giving a total of £5.62 billion.

Are you looking for a wider range of funding available? Have a look at our funding websites.

* This book was voted as number 4 on the Guardian list of “Five must-reads for charity workers”.

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts gives you the information you need to gain a share of around £4 billion. Entries outline grant makers’ selection criteria, how to apply and what kinds of projects they fund.

You’ll be able to go right to the most relevant funders thanks to the extensive indexes. Grant makers are distinguished by geographical area, field of interest, type of beneficiary and type of grant available.

Who should buy this book?

This is the fundraiser’s key information source. No charity – big or small – should be without a copy. You’ll find this a vital source of funding information including funders you might not have known existed.

What do they cover?

With information sourced from the funders themselves, this is your up-to-date guide to grant makers and includes:

  • Concise information and contact details for each funder
  • Extensive indexes
  • Descriptions of project types that can be funded, and those that don’t qualify
  • Amounts of funding spent in the previous year on grant giving alone.
  • A sample of recent beneficiaries for guidance as to the projects funded

“So great fundraising, needs great fundraisers, but like other crafts, they also need the best tools and The Directory of Grant Making Trusts is a key part of any fundraiser’s toolkit.” Paul Farthing, MInstF, Director of Fundraising, NSPCC [from the Foreword]


“After previously outsourcing our fundraising we decided to try to do it ourselves using the Directory of Grant Making Trusts. It has been like a bible to us, an invaluable source of information and assistance as we attempt to build a world that enriches later life. We are now on a roll and benefiting from growing our fundraising talent and knowledge in-house.” James Lewis, Chief Executive, Action For Elders Trust


“I came to the DGMT as a new fundraiser, and was amazed at its breadth, detail and accuracy. To date I have raised £9,000 using it, and although I have since expanded my portfolio of fundraising methods, it continues to be an invaluable resource. I would recommend it to any fundraiser, but especially to new charities who have little idea of the sheer number and range of trusts that exist in the UK, all of them looking for the right place to put their funds. If we’re looking for them, they, in a sense, are also looking for us.” Gary Dexter, Asthma international


The Directory of Grant Making Trusts has been extremely useful to us this year, providing information on trusts that we have not found elsewhere. Within three weeks of sending off an application we received a grant that covered the cost of the investment and more.” Frances Fielding, British Wireless for the Blind Fund


“Using The Directory of Grant Making Trusts has helped focus our fundraising. We now avoid blanket approaches and succeed by concentrating our applications in key areas, saving us and our charity time and money.  I would certainly recommend it to any charity or organisation looking for funding.” Paul Roper, Director, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, London

About the authors

Gabriele Zagnojute

Gabi has worked in the research team at Directory of Social Change since 2013 starting initially as a volunteer. Since then she has become a full-time researcher working on a number of publications and projects. Her work has included major contributions to The Guide to Educational Grants, The Guide to UK Company Givingand The Directory of Grant Making Trusts.

Gabi enjoys exploring the colourful world of charities and says that there is something to learn every day. She finds it inspiring to work with and for people who want to make a difference.

Rachel Cain

Rachel joined DSC as a Researcher in Liverpool in early 2015. She has enjoyed contributing to The Directory of Grant Making Trusts as her first publication at DSC and will co-author the forthcoming The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need.  Rachel looks forward to working on future projects with the Research team including those aligned with our policy and campaigning activities. She has volunteered in a range of third sector organisations and is particularly interested in policy, social welfare and politics.

Other researchers include:

Stuart Cole, Denise Lillya, Ian Pembridge, Jennifer Reynolds and Emma Weston.

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