Providing grant funding is one of the ways in which the Foundation supports work within our areas of interest. Much of this is proactive, with the Foundation identifying and working with charities doing exciting work in the areas we wish to support. We are interested in using the freedom that comes with being an independent funder to back new and innovative ideas that address challenges in the fields of arts, education and the environment.
Our grant-making strategy is to support charities delivering work in our areas of interest, in particular arts and heritage, at a national level especially where this is in leading centres of excellence and of national or international importance. We are also interested in funding work of national importance in our other areas of interest, in particular where this might have resonance of application in our more local area across Buckinghamshire.
In Buckinghamshire, we support charities through both project and core funding where they deliver work within our areas of interest that benefit people living in the county. This is often targeted toward specific beneficiaries or issues. Recent examples of our targeted areas have sought to address elderly people and social isolation; ex-prisoners and re-offending; and young people and disadvantage. Where relevant, we also seek to provide additional opportunities for our grant recipients, such as hosting events for them at Waddesdon, which might allow them to disseminate their work or to bring people together to develop their ideas.
We also run a small grants programme to support local and community initiatives close to Waddesdon. This acknowledges and builds on the family tradition of philanthropy and being a good neighbour through supporting their local community.
We are interested in using the freedom that comes with being an independent funder to back new and innovative ideas.