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 organisations with charitable status, including Community Interest Companies limited by guarantee. We do not support individuals, such as those undertaking academic research, needing scholarships, bursaries, or any kind of student fees. Other exclusions to our funding include; proselytising organisations and the promotion of religion, overseas travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses, and respite breaks unless they are based in Buckinghamshire. We also do not fund medical care, medical equipment, medical research, animal charities and projects outside of the UK. Our main focus is on arts and heritage, the environment and general social welfare projects in Buckinghamshire. A comprehensive list of exclusions to our funding can be found with the Covid-19 Support Fund application guidance.

What sort of organisations does the Foundation support?

Our current funding programme, the Covid-19 Support Fund, prioritises small to medium sized Buckinghamshire based local organisations, particularly those which can demonstrate impact in the county already. We are not able to fund 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.

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. Our Covid-19 Support Fund is open for applications from July to December 2020. Having read the guidance for applicants, please create an account and write your application in the online form. If you have any questions about your application please send an email to [email protected] with ‘Covid-19 Support Fund request’ in the subject heading.

Which type of projects are you currently prioritising?

• We are currently prioritising support for local third sector organisations who have been adversely affected by or are responding to the coronavirus crisis. We are keen to support services addressing mental health, social isolation and financial hardship, including homelessness. As the challenges and impact of Covid-19 emerge throughout 2020 we may add further themes and areas of need to this list.
• We will prioritise sectors historically championed by the Foundation, particularly the arts and cultural sector and the environment.
• Support will be prioritised for communities which currently experience high levels of disadvantage and who are likely to be disproportionately affected by the impact of coronavirus.

How much can I apply for?

Given the serious impact of the coronavirus crisis on communities, we are able to award grants of between £5,000 to £50,000 to be spent over a 12 month period.
We anticipate that competition for funds will be high so please only apply for what you need. You will be asked to demonstrate other funding approaches made and statutory support received as a result of the coronavirus emergency.
We will not fund requests where the Foundation’s funding is 100% of the total value of funding needed over the next 12 months. We will not fund projects with budgets totalling more than 50% costs for procurement of equipment or capital costs, including restoration or refurbishment of buildings.

What can I spend a grant on?

The Covid-19 Support Fund will offer unrestricted funding. We welcome applications for core costs, cash-flow support, service re-design, restructure, mergers, staff training, workplace adaptations, as well as new and adapted services that have been developed in response to need arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

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. For the Covid-19 Support Fund we may ask to meet you in an online meeting or by phone prior to submission of an application or as part of our review process. You will not be expected to give a presentation.

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

We will accept applications to the Covid-19 Support Fund anytime between July and December 2020. There will be budget allocated until the end of the year so applicants may determine the best time to submit an application for their organisation. We hope to share the outcome of your application within eight weeks. However, we are a very small grants team and are navigating changes to the way we operate so we appreciate your patience if it takes slightly longer.

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?

We anticipate that demand for the Covid-19 Support Fund will be high, and therefore we ask that applicants only request what they need. We will not accept more than one application from an organisation unless part of a consortia. In the exceptional circumstances presented by the coronavirus outbreak, organisations holding an existing funding agreement for a Local and Community or Impact Grant may also apply to the Covid-19 Support Fund.

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 12 months after the grant is paid. For the Covid-19 Support Fund you will be asked to share a description of how you have addressed the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on your organisation, beneficiaries and service.

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?

We understand that the response to the coronavirus outbreak is evolving and this may impact how you delivery your service, the level of demand for it, and the needs of beneficiary groups. 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 Covid-19 Support Fund, or an Impact Grant and Local and Community grant in 2021.