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Grants are available for projects in the UK concerned with heritage preservation and social welfare, especially improving the life chances of vulnerable girls and women.

There are two levels of funding:

  • Small grants of less than £5,000.
  • Main grant scheme of more than £5,000.

There is no average grant.

The Trust receives more applications than ‘it can possibly fund’, and on average, only one in five of all appeals that fit within the guidelines is successful.

The Pilgrim Trust concentrates its funding in two areas of interest:

  • Preservation and Scholarship (60% of funds are allocated to projects in this area): The Trust’s concern is the preservation of the United Kingdom’s rich heritage for the benefit of future generations.
  • Social Welfare (40% of funds are allocated to projects in this area): This programme aims to improve the life chances of vulnerable women and girls.

The funding can be used for:

  • Revenue costs such as staff salaries and overheads.
  • Project costs.
  • The costs of initial exploratory work for organisations seeking to rescue important buildings, monuments etc.
  • Capital costs where the total capital cost is less than £5 million.

An online application form and guidelines can be found on the Trust’s website.

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