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Criteria For Grants

The Unwin Charitable Trust makes a number of awards each year.  Applications need to be made on our application form with supporting documentation if required.
The aims and objectives of the Trust allow the Trustees to make awards to a broad selection of causes provided they are in some way related to publishing and the printed word.  We have a number of organisations that we have had a long relationship with but each year we look to find projects that help us to extend our support to new and innovative ideas. 

What we do fund:

  • Projects that enhance the enjoyment of reading
  • Education for people working in the book trade
  • Schemes that encourage reading and literacy
  • Projects that support booksellers
  • Events that promote books and publishing
  • UK based organisations and charities
  • The use of reading and books to alleviate deprivation

What we do not fund:

  • Individuals
  • The publishing of a single book
  • Projects that discriminate for or against anyone
  • Political organisations
  • Political or religious propaganda
  • Welfare such as food or shelter
  • Health care
  • Organisations that are based overseas
  • Environmental projects
  • Sporting activities

In the past few years we have funded very diverse projects.  These include: The Retreat, a specialist charity for people who have worked in the book trade; a pop-up book shop at a literary festival; the Children's Bookshow which takes authors to children all over the country;  The Reader Organisation who set up reading groups in local libraries; Book Aid who provide educational books to third world countries; Book Bus who have mobile libraries and literacy educators in some of the poorest countries in Africa, and a project interviewing members of the publishing world to catalogue the role of women in publishing over the past 100 years. For more information about the projects we have funded please look at the recent recipients page.

Most of our grants are between £500 and £10,000.  Under exceptional circumstances we are prepared to fund larger amounts. 
If you have an enquiry about funding please email Georgina Miller at grants@unwincharitabletrust.org.uk

If you would like to submit a bid please click here to complete our application form.

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Unwin Charitable Trust, Charity registered in the UK 269847,  18 Elm Road, Hereford, HR1 2TH.  
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