Recognising the
Work of Smaller

Sir Jules Thorn’s endowment was provided primarily for medical research and medicine generally. Sir Jules was also a great humanitarian and, in accordance with his wishes, the Trustees allocate resources each year to support smaller charities across the UK.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants  to support charities’ core costs or to support a specific project. The maximum award amount was increased to £2,500 from June 2021. Our funding criteria are deliberately broad to enable the Trust to support a range of charities working in areas that align with our mission. We nevertheless prioritise applications from charities which offer practical support for:


  • Older people
  • People with disabilities or living with serious illness, or
  • People facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.

Examples of previous grants can be found on the Trust’s website.



Applications are only accepted from charities registered and operating within the UK.

While the funding criteria for the Ann Rylands programme are broad, we do not fund:

  • Individuals, or community groups which are not registered charities
  • Charities that have been registered in the UK for less than 2 years
  • Charities whose annual income exceeds £5 million
  • Organisations which work principally to support members of a particular faith community or whose charitable objects refer to a particular faith
  • Village and community halls, uniformed groups (such as Scouts and Guides), carnivals and arts festivals, ammonising charities (i.e., those that give grants to others) and charities engaged in political activism
  • Work outside the UK
  • Charities which have free reserves equivalent to 12 months or more of annual expenditure
  • Charities which have received funding from the Trust within the previous 12 months.
  • Community Interest Companies.

We are very conscious of the level of work involved in applying for funding and would encourage charities to consider whether their work aligns with the Trust’s priorities before submitting an application.

We do not make awards to hospices under the Ann Rylands programme, as they are able to apply to the Trust’s Hospice Fund.

Examples of previous grants can be found on the Trust’s website.


All applications must be submitted using the online application form. Applications sent by letter or email will not be considered.

Before applying charities should ensure that they have read and comply with the guidelines for the programme.

As part of the application process applicants will be asked to submit:

  • a copy of the charity’s most recent signed accounts (Trustees’ Report and Balance Sheet should both be signed)
  • a bank statement dated from within the last 3 months, and
  • a budget, if applying for funding for a specific project.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to consider applications without this supporting information.

If successful, we ask grant recipients to confirm receipt of the donation by email. To minimise the workload for recipients, there are no reporting requirements for awards made under this programme. For the same reason, we ask charities not to add the Trust to mailing lists for newsletters or marketing materials.


There are no specific dates for submitting applications. Appeals may be made at any time and will be considered by the Trustees as soon as possible.

Not more than one application can be accepted within a period of 12 months.

Applicants should contact the Trust, should they have any further questions on [email protected].

More information about previous awards given under this programme can be found on the Previous Awards section of our website.

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All applications must be submitted using the online application form