Like many other funders, the Wolfson Foundation predominantly funds organisations in cities and larger urban areas. It is, however, our aim to fund as widely as possible across the UK, including in small towns and villages. This funding round we are keen to highlight the grantees who are also carrying out excellent work outside major conurbations, or who are focussing on rural populations.

These include:

  • Northumberland County Council, for a pilot project to create mobile independent living pods which can be transported across multiple sites to benefit students with special needs across a large rural area
  • Mencap in Strabane, Northern Ireland, for the construction of adapted bungalows to create supported living accommodation for sixteen adults with learning disabilities
  • Roof repairs at St Mary the Virgin church in North Eltham, Norfolk
  • Cambourne Village College in Cambridgeshire for the fit out of new performing arts facilities
  • The Orchard Trust, in the Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire), for a training kitchen for young people with disabilities
  • Restoration and interpretation of 19th century Union Chain Bridge spanning the River Tweed between Berwickshire and Northumberland
  • A new mass spectrometry instrument for the Moredun Research Institute (Scotland) which exists to promote the highest possible standards for livestock health and welfare through research and education
  • iPads and thermal imaging cameras for use across 10 science classrooms at the Cotswold School in Gloucestershire
  • Restoration of North Range Glass building at Cannon Hall Museum in South Yorkshire


For a list of all our December 2019 awards see interactive Google map

We are very keen to encourage applications from organisations across the UK serving rural populations.