Grant-maker to replace entire board

The Tudor Trust has been closed to new applications since April last year as it works to become an anti-racist organisation

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The grant-maker the Tudor Trust will replace its entire board by the end of next year. 

The charity has been indefinitely closed to new grant applications since April last year so it could “take the time for staff and trustees to learn more about racial justice and look at how to build all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion into our work”.

Initially the charity said it would reopen applications in April 2023 but failed to do so.

At the time a spokesperson attributed this to wanting “to reopen as a trust that can say we are truly striving to be an anti-racist organisation”.

The trust said in a statement on its website last month that it would replace its entire board by the end of 2024 as part of a “commitment to build a new grant making strategy that is more intentionally focused on racial and social justice”.

It said today that recent media coverage that claimed the charity planned to “get rid” of its entire board was misleading, saying that “no trustees have been dismissed”.

The charity said the coverage of its decision to push for diversity in its board “has sought to cast the well-publicised change agenda in the context of contemporary public debate”.

The charity’s trustees said in a statement today the idea to refresh the board came “entirely from the existing trustees”.

The statement said: “This is an exciting opportunity for a new group of trustees to take on the work that the current board has begun. 

“This is a carefully managed period of change and it is of importance to us that the trust continues to serve communities most in need of its funding going forward.”

The charity said its nine trustee positions would be refreshed on a rolling basis over the coming months to allow for a smooth transfer of governance.

The Tudor Trust supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK.

According to the charity it has funding commitments to about 650 organisations across the UK which amounts to £20m in funding each year.

The charity told Third Sector that it would reopen grant applications once its changeover of trustees is complete “in the coming months”.

Earlier this year, the trust’s long serving director, Christopher Graves, announced he would step down in April after 38 years.

At the time, a spokesperson for the trust told Third Sector that recruitment discussions were taking place, but the process was expected to be a lengthy one, “as trustees want to take the necessary time to find the right person to head up Tudor”.

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