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 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. 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).

Follow the link to view a map of the local grants programme area.

Should you need support or advice in making an application, please send an email with ‘Local grants programme’ in the subject heading to:

Applications must be made online. During submission periods (February and August – see full timetable) there will be a link on this page taking you to the online application system.