Welcome to The Bewley Charitable Tust
We are a small, family run charitable trust based in the West Midlands with the aim of supporting local, small charitable organisations. The Bewley Trust was established by a Trust Deed in 1960. It is registered with the Charity Commission, No.1003164
How we work and application guidelines
Type of Grant
To promote stable family life, self-fulfilment and good citizenship; and to help those who are disadvantaged by health and social problems. We consider niche causes.
Type of Grant
One-off. We prefer to fund running costs etc. rather then build up capital endowments. Grant size £50 - £150
Type of Beneficiary
Small registered charitable organisations such as community Groups, self-help groups, care and support groups, playgroups, education and training.
Individuals (including students), expeditions and electives, large national charities, local charities outside the West Midlands, and Community Interest Companies. We also do not support armed services related organisations.
In order to be able to cope with the number of applications the trustees are now restricting the beneficial area to charities within a 25 mile radius of Birmingham City Centre.
Past Beneficiary Examples
Year 2016-2017 Assets £292,916
Income £13,923 Grants £10,329
Mr.R.I.Payne (Chairman & Treasurer), Mr.D.A.Payne (Secretary), Mrs.M.Payne, Mrs. M.J.Biddlecombe, Miss Emily Payne, Miss Rosemary Payne
Applications should be submitted in writing, by post, not e-mail. There is no application form. We require a clear letter setting out the purpose of the organisation and what the funding is being requested for and backed up by an Income & Expenditure Account and a Balance Sheet. If your organisation is new then we need a budget. As a general rule photocopies of savings book entries, bank statements or cash book entries will not do. We prefer not to receive large brochures and other media as we do not have the time or resources to review all this extra information. Please save yourselves the postage cost.
Trust meetings are held quarterly at the beginning of March, June, September and December and applications should reach the Secretary by the middle of the preceding month. E.g. an application for funding a playscheme or holidays is too late if sent in June or July; mid-May is the latest. Likewise, funding for a Christmas event is better sent to the September meeting.
In order to give proper consideration to appeals the Trustees will only consider a limited number (about 40) at each meeting, and the Secretary will use their discretion not to bring applications to Trustees if they are deemed unsuitable. This is a small charity and cannot afford other than a very small amount of paid assistance with administration. The Secretary handles the correspondence etc. from home. Inappropriate or incomplete applications take up time which the Secretary can better use for other purposes. Applications will only be acknowledged if they are accepted for consideration by Trustees at the next meeting. Successful applicants will normally receive their grant within two weeks of the meeting. Please bank the cheque promptly and send us a receipt. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly. In exceptional circumstance trustees will defer an appeal where they wish to consider it favourably but more information, usually accounts, is needed.
We do not consider more than one application in any twelve-month period from any organisation, and such applications will be held over. We regret that we are unable to enter into any correspondence concerning failed applications.