John Naylor is chief executive of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust

Approximately how much do you give per year?

About £1 million. We give out about 100 grants per year of between £5,000 and £30,000.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

At the moment, our three main themes are: rural community development, participation of young people in decision making, and creativity - the latter's focus is small groups that bring together different and disparate disciplines.

We also put money into research that will have a long-term effect. We're funding a study into youth participation in decision making, which will hopefully influence social policy development.

Do you consider approaches from organisations or not?

Yes - but not individuals.

What's a good way to approach you?

Get our guidelines, from our web site ( or send us an SAE. Then, if you think you fit the guidelines, draft us a letter. We'll get back you if possible within a few days and then work with you to see whether there's a fair chance of funding or not.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached?

When people insist on talking to our busy staff without looking at the guidelines first.

What information do you like to have available about organisations or projects you support?

We want to know what you are going to do, and have an indication of whether you can deliver your goals. Also we want to know how you will measure your success.

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