Our Funding

Policies & Aims

Our Funding – Policies & Aims

Below is a brief summary of the Trust’s Policies and Aims, which reflect the wishes of the Norman family:

  • The Trust’s primary objective is to help registered charities and other non-profit/voluntary organisations working in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset (TA postcode area only). Applications from Exeter and East Devon are prioritised. 
  • Applications from national charities will only be considered if the appeal relates to a project which will be of benefit in the South Western Counties.
  • Grants are not given to any organisation which uses live animals for experimental or research purposes, regardless of the project.
  • Financial assistance is not available for the maintenance or repair of religious buildings, nor for any project which is of a religious nature.
  • It is not the Trust’s policy to fund projects outside of the United Kingdom.
  • The Trust does not help individuals directly.
  • The Trust has given grants to the following 6 organisations to assist young people from the South West in recent years:

BSES Expeditions
SportsAid South West
Sir Francis Chichester Trust
The Prince’s Trust
Lord Lieutenant’s Trust Fund for the Youth of Cornwall
Trinity Sailing Trust

Please contact these organisations directly, mentioning the Trust’s name, rather than applying to us.

Current Grant Policy

The Trust has decided to continue with its additional focus on providing funding to local state schools.  The Trustees are very much aware of the current financial hardship that local schools are currently experiencing, due to cuts in Government funding.   They are also aware that many other Charitable Trusts do not make grants to schools, and schools do not have the access that Registered Charities have, to other funding streams, such as the general public.  The pressure on parents to support their children’s schools is building at a time when many parents are already stretched themselves.

For these reasons the Trustees would welcome applications from schools in Devon (with a preference for East Devon and Exeter) provided they comply with the following –

  1. The application must be for a grant that would directly benefit the children of that school.
  2. The application needs to be for a stand alone project within the school, (or a contribution towards one) so the Trustees are aware of exactly how the grant will be spent and the progress or success of that project can be quantifiable.  Applications to help with general gaps in the school deficit, or to pay for increases in staff pensions / NIC, will not be considered.
  3. Schools should take note of the data on this website concerning grants made previously and tailor their application accordingly.

Examples of applications encouraged could be to support the following – school libraries, minibuses, sports halls or equipment, outdoor play equipment, text books, music drama and the arts, laboratory equipment.

Applications can be for capital, such as contributing to the cost of a new building, or for core costs such as staffing, provided the conditions above are met.


The Trust will continue to welcome applications from charities and non-profit organisations whose work benefits those in the South West, with particular preference for Exeter and/or East Devon.

The Trust does not make grants directly to individuals.  If you are an individual in need of support and living in Devon, you may wish to approach The Gibbons Trusts, who are located at the same premises. Please note that the Gibbons Trusts require all individual applicants to have at least one reference in writing from a professional third party.

The Trustees like to be kept informed of the progress of the cause supported.  Please see our Monitoring & Evaluation page for further information about the Trust’s reporting requirements.

In order to be fair to all applicants, Trustees will only consider one application per organisation during the current financial year unless there are very exceptional circumstances.  You are welcome to re-apply after 1st April.