Grant programmes

Local and community grants


In keeping with the Rothschild family tradition of support for the local community, the Rothschild Foundation supports the work of organisations in the area around Waddesdon and in High Wycombe, who make lives better for local people. This ranges from activities addressing social isolation of the elderly through to increasing opportunities for people with disabilities. We are keen to engage with small organisations where unique local knowledge and a nimble approach can often best meet community needs.

The Local and Community Grants programme provides small grants of up to £5,000 for projects in the broad field of social welfare. Charitable organisations with projects benefitting people within 10 miles of the Waddesdon Estate are eligible. From July 2019 we will also invite applications from charitable organisations working within the town of High Wycombe. Please note that this does not include the Wycombe district entirely.

The map below shows our two areas of focus. Small and medium charities are generally prioritised for funding, rather than large national charities. Grants are usually made for specific programme related costs or, in the case of smaller charities, core costs. Capital projects are less likely to be funded, unless small in scale (e.g. equipment or minor refurbishments).

A link to our online application form will be available on this page on the dates shown on our Information for Grant Applicants page.