New trusts 'lack formal funding guidelines'

Author says grant-makers do not say who they want to fund and how charities should apply

Tom Traynor, research project manager at the DSC
Tom Traynor, research project manager at the DSC

About 70 per cent of trusts set up over the past year do not have any formal published guidelines for potential applicants, according to the author of a new guide to trusts by the Directory of Social Change.

The Guide to New Trusts 2011/12, published last week, gives details of 100 of the new trusts that were registered with the Charity Commission in 2010 and at the start of 2011.

Tom Traynor, research project manager at the DSC and author of the book, said about 70 per cent of new trusts did not have clear published guidelines for the types of organisation they wanted to fund and how charities could apply to them.

He called on trusts to make more information available so that charities would know whether to apply to them for funding.

A number of the trusts in the book, said Traynor, were set up by people who did not have a history of formal grant-making. "This is therefore an ideal opportunity for charities to get in touch with them and establish a connection," he said.

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