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The Directory of Grant Making Trusts 2024/25

With this guide, you'll have access to key information on over 2,000 grant-makers, each with the potential to give at least £50,000 per year.

The UK’s best-selling guide to funding from grant-making charities is back in its 28th edition.

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts offers the information you need to seek your charity’s share of around £6.9 billion – the annual total awarded by over 2,000 funders featured in this edition. With data sourced from grant-making charities, each with the potential to give at least £50,000 per year, no charity – big or small – should be without it.

Who is this book for?

This is the key information source for fundraisers, with which you can save time on finding funding prospects, target the grant-makers most relevant to your charity and discover funders you might not have known existed.

It was voted fourth on The Guardian’s 2016 list of ‘Five must-reads for charity workers’.

What does it cover?

DSC’s flagship guide to grant-makers includes:

  • Concise information and contact details for every entry
  • Total amounts of funding available for each grant-maker
  • Examples of beneficiaries in each listing, for guidance on the types of project previously funded
  • Extensive indexes divided by geographical area, field of interest and type of beneficiary, type of organisation, and type of grant available
  • Each grant-maker’s description of project types that can or cannot qualify for funding


The Directory of Grant Making Trusts is a brilliant one-stop-shop for charities and grants fundraisers. There is no need to replicate the research and insight, as here it is – all prepared so you can dive in whenever you need. Combine your boundless passion with this excellent resource. Good luck!’

Laurie Boult, Executive Fundraising and Engagement Director, Age UK [from the foreword]


‘It’s often hard to know where to start when you’re looking for funders, and The Directory of Grant Making Trusts has been incredibly helpful for our charity. The book is well presented and very easy to navigate. It sits on our desk and gets used every time we need to fund a project for our rescue centre!’

Lisa Smart, Trustee and Founder of Happy Paws Puppy Rescue


‘In my work with small charities that help those most vulnerable, DSC’s The Directory of Grant Making Trusts gives me the information I need to identify potential funders easily and quickly. I couldn’t manage without it when time and resources are tight!’

Adam Wilson, Development Manager, The Stuart Low Trust and Healthy Generations


What they said about the previous editions

‘The Directory of Grant Making Trusts is a resource which is invaluable to both fundraisers new to trust funding and also the more seasoned fundraisers among us. In a highly competitive and difficult to navigate space, this guide is a key tool to get you started and help stay on the right track. Most importantly, it gives you the information to ensure that your approaches tick all the boxes for success and you’re the right fit for funding.’

Claire Rowney, Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Innovation, Macmillan Cancer Support [from the foreword]


‘This directory is a truly valuable resource. It has been really helpful as it has enabled us to identify funders with an interest in animal welfare. We will definitely be buying this helpful source of potential grant-makers again.’

Deborah Scott, Trust Fundraising Manager, The Donkey Sanctuary


The Directory of Grant Making Trusts has helped me considerably to streamline my grant fundraising. It is easy to navigate, contains all the essential information I need and lives on my desk at all times.’

Josh Walker, Fundraising and Projects Officer, YMCA Crewe


‘As we grow year on year as a charity across the UK, our first port of call for funding resources is The Directory of Grant Making Trusts. Its concise information enables us to develop targeted and prioritised bid proposals.’

Tony Waymouth, Chief Operating Officer, The Panathlon Foundation 

Look inside

Have a look inside The Directory of Grant Making Trusts 2024/25.

About the author

Jessica Threlfall

Jessica joined DSC in August 2019 and has been author and contributor to several DSC directories including The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2022/23 and The Guide to New Trusts 2022/23.

Before joining DSC as part of the Research Team, Jessica graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Lancaster University. During this time she completed numerous projects using a wide variety of research methods.

Jessica has volunteered for a number of charities before and during her time at university including Southport and Formby Special Athletes, where she was responsible for running sports coaching sessions for adults with learning difficulties.


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