FAQs

What is the Rothschild Foundation?

We are an independent charity with an expendable endowment. We were established by Lord (Jacob) Rothschild to maintain and promote Waddesdon Manor and to further the Rothschild family’s charitable aims. You can find out more in the ‘Who We Are’ section of our website.

How does the Rothschild Foundation differ from Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv)Europe and Yad Hanadiv?

A number of charities have been established by various members of the Rothschild family. Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe and Yad Hanadiv are separate charities to us, with their own dedicated administrations. More information on each can be found at: http://rothschildfoundation.eu/ and http://www.yadhanadiv.org.il/

Where does the Foundation get its money from?

Our assets are derived from a number of charitable trusts inherited or created by Lord Rothschild, which were merged in 2010 to form The Rothschild Foundation. Our assets are a mixture of investments and fixed assets such as property and art. Lord Rothschild has gifted further assets in the form of land and art to the Foundation over recent years.

What are the Foundation’s aims?

Our primary aim is to support and promote Waddesdon Manor for the benefit of the general public. Beyond this, we seek to support arts and heritage, the environment and general social welfare projects in the area local to Waddesdon. More information may be found in the ‘What We Do' area of our website.

Who has the Foundation funded?

Details of grants awarded may be found in our Annual Review. We also openly publish grants data on our website and on 360 Giving.

Do you fund outside the UK?

We occasionally make grants to charities based outside the UK, but we are not open to unsolicited applications from such charities.

Which parts of the UK do you focus on?

The Foundation makes grants for the benefit of the county of Buckinghamshire. Our other grant programmes in arts and heritage and the environment will occasionally fund projects in London and across the UK, but often we maintain a strong focus on Buckinghamshire in general. We focus on this part of the country because of the Rothschild family's historic links with the county and as Waddesdon Manor sits within Buckinghamshire.

Are there things you don’t fund?

Our Grants are for charities or not for profit organisations. We do not fund the following:

• For-profit organisations and businesses. Community Interest Companies may apply, but only those limited by guarantee.
• Organisations lacking a demonstrable track-record of working in Buckinghamshire.
• Projects that benefit people living outside the county of Buckinghamshire.
• Projects with budgets detailing more than 50% capital costs, including restoration or refurbishment of buildings.
• Projects with budgets detailing more than 50% costs for procurement of equipment, including IT equipment.
• Reimbursement for work that has already been delivered.
• Proposals that are only for the benefit of one individual including academic research, scholarships, bursaries, or any kind of student fees.
• Proselytizing organisations and the promotion of religion.
• Overseas travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses, and respite breaks unless they are based in Buckinghamshire.
• Repayment of loans or debt.
• Statutory bodies including schools, prisons and hospitals. Town and Parish Councils or Community Boards may be considered as part of wider strategic initiatives on a case by case basis in discussion with the Grants Team.
• Organisations providing medical care or medical equipment.
• Animal welfare charities and campaigns.
• Schools should consider applying to the Schools Access Fund. In some exceptional circumstances we will accept applications from schools for non-statutory provision and projects. A pre-application conversation is recommended and can be arranged by emailing [email protected]

What sort of organisations does the Foundation support?

We fund not-for-profit organisations which deliver activity that is legally charitable and for public benefit. Applicants should provide a governing document or constitution for their organisation. Organisations which are formally constituted but not listed with a regulator, such as the Charity Commission or Companies House, can apply for smaller one year grants. Organisations registered with a regulating body can apply for grants for up to three years. We prioritise small and medium sized organisations with income of under £1 million annually. Funded organisations must hold a bank account in their own name.

Do you fund social enterprise company /CIC (Community Interest Company), or profit organisations if the work proposed is charitable?

We primarily focus on not-for-profit registered charities or organisations with charitable status. Community Interest Companies which are limited by guarantee may apply following a confirmation from a Grants Manager – [email protected]

Does the Foundation ever support individuals?

We do not make grants directly to individuals.

We want to make an application but we do not have a set of accounts or track record.

We generally only support charities that have been operating for at least 12 months and are able to provide audited accounts for that period.

Is my project eligible? How do I apply?

Please read all the information in the 'How We Fund’ section of our website to confirm if your organisation and project is eligible. Applications can be made to our Community Fund and Strategic Fund on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline for applications. Having read the guidance for applicants for the relevant Fund, please create an account for our grants application portal and submit your application in the online form. If you have any questions about your application please send an email to [email protected]

Which type of projects are you currently prioritising?

Our Community Fund aims to respond to the needs of Buckinghamshire communities and supports not-for-profit organisations addressing disadvantage and inequality. The Strategic Fund aims to support the Foundation’s core priorities of culture, sustainable food systems and opportunities young people.

How much can I apply for?

Organisations which are formally constituted but not listed with a regulator, such as the Charity Commission or Companies House, can apply for smaller one year grants. Organisations registered with a regulating body can apply for grants for up to three years. The Community Fund offers a maximum grant of £10,000 per year for 3 years. Grants of up to £100,000 per year for 3 years are available through the Strategic Fund.

What can I spend a grant on?

We fund specific projects and core costs. We can’t replace lost income or reimburse activity which has already taken place. We also make capital grants but prefer to not be the only funder.

Can I meet you? Do you conduct site visits?

Discussing projects with potential partners is a key part of how we identify new projects to fund. Please arrange a pre-application online or in-person meeting by emailing [email protected]

When should I apply? When will I know the outcome?

Applications to the Community Fund and Strategic Fund can be made anytime. There is no deadline. Applications for grants of up to £100,000 may be confirmed within 3 months. Applications for grants of over £100,000 will be reviewed by Trustees at meetings in the spring and autumn each year so may take longer to confirm.

I am working in partnership with other charities and organisations. Can we apply together?

We welcome applications from organisations which can demonstrate understanding of the wider context in which their service operates. We encourage organisations to work closely with each other and develop a coordinated approach to supporting local communities. If you wish to apply as a consortia please contact us at [email protected] to discuss before making an application.

Do you comment on draft applications? Can I receive feedback on my application?

We are not able to comment on draft applications. For larger financial requests we welcome discussion with applicants prior to submitting an application. If there are any areas that need clarification upon receipt of an application, we will raise these with you by phone or email. We also provide feedback on unsuccessful applications whenever possible.

Can my organisation have more than one grant at a time?

Holders of current Local and Community or Impact grants may not apply for another grant until the end of their funded project and all reports have been shared with us. Current Covid-19 Support Fund Grantees may apply so long as their new proposal does not duplicate existing support.

We have been awarded a grant. What kind of reporting does the Foundation require and how often?

When a grant is confirmed we will issue a ‘grant agreement’ detailing its terms, which is signed by both the funded organisation and the Rothschild Foundation. The agreement will say how often progress and expenditure reports are required, usually every 12 months after the grant is paid. Instalments of multi-year grants may be dependent on reporting.

How should we acknowledge the grant?

If you wish to publically acknowledge the support of the Rothschild Foundation our logo can be downloaded from our website once you have been awarded a grant. We ask to approve all use of our logo prior to publication. The Rothschild Foundation will also connect with and share information about grant holders on the news section of our website and on social media platforms.

What should we do if we need to make changes to a project for which we have received funding?

Please contact us to discuss any significant changes by emailing [email protected] Please let us know if you experience delays in starting the project, if key members of staff leave your organisation or you foresee an over or underspend. We will generally be flexible where possible, and the withdrawal of grants is very rare.

What is the Waddesdon Staff and Volunteer Charity of the Year?

The Charity of the Year is an internal programme for all staff and volunteers at Waddesdon to support a local charity benefiting the communities around the Manor and Estate. Charities can only be nominated by current employees and volunteers, and are then short-listed for a vote to select a preferred Charity of the Year. The chosen charity will benefit through events at Waddesdon to highlight the charity’s work and will also receive a grant from the Rothschild Foundation.

Is it possible to be awarded the Waddesdon Staff and Volunteer Charity of the Year and also be a grant holder?

If you already hold a grant from the Rothschild Foundation it is possible to be nominated to become the Charity of the Year. Once selected, the Charity of the Year may also apply for a grant from the Community or Strategic Fund.

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