Sir Jules Thorn was a great humanitarian and whilst his endowment was provided primarily for medicine and medical research, he was content for some funds to be allocated to charities in response to appeals of a humanitarian nature. Accordingly, the Trustees earmark some resources each year for such purposes. The Trust receives many more appeals than it can support with a grant. Each case is treated on its merits and the Trustees’ policy is to spread the funds as widely as possible. This is done through the Trust’s Small Grants Programme.
Successful applicants are awarded grants of up to £1,500. Many charities have received grants over a number of years. Requests are considered for contributions to core funding or for specific projects, but this programme does not provide substantial sums for capital appeals.
Relatively modest grants can be very important to the work of many charities, as the following illustrates:
“Your donation of £750 far exceeded a day’s collecting in the rain recently by our team of volunteers outside Sainsbury’s and was on a par with our last fund-raising event locally which again involved a lot of work by volunteers.”
Christine Ward, Chairman, Equipment for Disabled Children
Click here to apply for an Ann Rylands Small Donation.