Registered Charity Number: 1118097

The Autumn application round is now CLOSED. The next application round will open in early 2024.

Aims and objectives:

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK (“Foundation”) was set up to continue the philanthropy of Sylvia Waddilove after her death in 2001. The Foundation provides grants to charities and some not-for-profit organisations. As a general rule, the Foundation provides grants to fund or part-fund the capital costs (defined below) of a new project. Applications involving innovative projects are particularly welcome.

Funding Criteria:

The Foundation provides grants to organisations in the following categories below.

Please note the criteria that apply to each category:

  1. Promotion and education of organic farming and non-domestic animal husbandry and veterinary science 
    • A grant is awarded for capital costs only
    • The applicant’s income is less than £1,000,000
  2. Visual and performing arts
    The Foundation supports visual arts projects, theatres and theatre productions, and dance, ballet and opera in the following ways:
    • A visual arts project must involve the organisation’s beneficiaries and a grant is awarded for capital costs only.
    • Theatres may request a grant for capital projects (which includes the costs of building works, and materials and equipment for workshops).
    • Grants of £1,000 are given for the running costs of new theatre productions. Applications should focus on the subject matter of the play.
    • The applicant’s income is less than £500,000
    • Dance, ballet and opera applicants may apply for bursary funding only.
    • Music is not supported as a performing art.
  3. Medical research
    • A grant will be awarded for running (revenue) costs and capital costs
    • Research must not be statistical and should be lab-based.
    • There are no income thresholds
  4. Relief of disability and severe illness
    • A grant is awarded for capital costs only.
    • Except in the case of a hospice, income must be less than £500,000
  5. The preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance
    • A grant is awarded for capital costs only.
    • The building is owned or leased (for a term of 10 years+) to the applicant.
    • The project cost is less than £5m.
    • The applicant’s income is less than £3m.
    • The building is not used for religious or academic purposes.
  6. The accommodation of those in need
    • A grant will be awarded for capital costs only.
    • The applicant’s income is less than £3m

Capital costs mean: land, property, building materials, other materials of a long term use or nature, machinery, IT hardware or software. It does not include staff costs, consultancy costs, administrative or governance costs and any indirect costs.

Who may apply?

The Foundation welcomes applications from the following:

  • Registered charities or unregistered charities that are excepted, exempt or below the threshold for registration (if the charity is unregistered you must explain why).
  • Community interest companies limited by guarantee.
  • Registered societies.

The Foundation does not accept applications from the following:

  • Individuals
  • “Friends of” charities
  • Community Interest companies limited by shares
  • Not-for-profit companies (which are not charities)
  • Social enterprises
  • Schools or religious organisations


  • The applicant must have been in existence for at least 2 years prior to applying.
  • The applicant and the beneficiaries benefitting from the project must be based in the UK. 
  • The applicant has not applied within the last 2 years.

How much does the Foundation give?

The Foundation typically gives grants of £1,000-£5,000.

When and how to apply for funding

You may only submit an application to the Foundation using its online application form. The Foundation will announce when it is accepting applications, as indicated at the top of this webpage. Applications received at any other time or in any other format will be not be considered.

Please apply via our application page. Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The trustees meet four times a year and aim to consider 30 applications at each trustee meeting. if a high volume of applications is received, the Foundation reserves the right to close the application window early. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment.

The process following a trustee meeting

All applicants will be contacted following the trustee meeting to indicate the outcome of the application.  Please note that feedback relating to an application cannot be given. Successful applicants will be asked to sign a grant letter or grant agreement and provide their bank details. Payment of the grant will be processed following receipt of these documents to the satisfaction of the Foundation.

Reporting on the grant

It is a requirement of a grant that the recipient provides a written report 12 months after receiving the grant using the Foundations Reporting and Monitoring form.

Reapplying to the Foundation

Applicants may re-apply to the Foundation after two years.


Please note, the Foundation administrator is unable to provide guidance as to whether an application will be accepted by the trustees. The trustees see all of the applications submitted.

If you have any questions relating to the Foundation, please send a message and the Foundation administrator will endeavour to answer your question as soon as possible.