Despite the many administrative challenges for applicants and funders posed by a global pandemic, we are pleased to announce that we have awarded £18.5 million to over 90 organisations – from Les Quennevais School in Jersey (for two outside science classrooms), to the restoration of Cullen and Deskford Parish Church in Moray on the North Sea coast 20 miles east of Elgin in Scotland.
Our most westerly grants have been awarded to Northern Irish organisations – Orchardville in Belfast and Positive Futures in Bangor, committed to changing the lives of people with learning disability, who have an autistic spectrum condition or an acquired brain injury. St Mary & St Eanswythe Church in Folkestone and All Saints Church in Scottow vie for location of most easterly grant; St Mary’s requiring roof repairs and All Saints in need of spire repair work.
As well as supporting projects across the UK (and making this funding as flexible as possible), we also wanted to recognise the work done in relation to Covid-19 by acknowledging the following umbrella organisations who are working directly and indirectly with groups and individuals whose work has affected been by the pandemic. These are:
- Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
- Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara)
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
- The Care Workers’ Charity
Alongside the new threats of coronavirus, climate change remains a key societal challenge. Wolfson has had a longstanding tradition of supporting science projects that are environmental in nature and it is particularly exciting to have made our largest award this round (£1.35 million) to the Marine Biological Association for a new Marine Microbiome Centre of Excellence in Plymouth. The Centre, which is the first of its kind in the UK, will focus on the diverse microscopic world of the ocean to help understand ocean health and the impacts of climate change.
Wolfson has signed the Funder Commitment on Climate Change, alongside a growing list of our charitable trust and foundation peers, and at the same time we have instructed our investment managers to divest from direct investment in fossil fuel extractors.
It has been a particularly busy time for the team. We are acutely aware of the huge needs of the organisations and sectors we serve at this moment, and we are continuing to work closely with other funders and do as much as we can at this time of crisis.
To see the interactive map of all our grants, please visit: www.wolfson.org.uk/what-we’ve-funded