The Roger and Douglas Turner Trust (formerly known as The Douglas Turner Charitable Trust) generally makes grants (of £1,000 to £3,000) to registered charities in Birmingham, in the Black Country boroughs (Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley), and in Worcestershire. It also owns and operates the Arley Estate and Arboretum (www.arleyarboretum.co.uk), north of Kidderminster.
Appeals to the Trust may be considered from national or regional charities who can demonstrate charitable work/public benefit in the above area(s) but do not make grants to individuals, Community Interest Companies, not-for-profit or social enterprises, or sports clubs, that are not registered charities.
Appeals may be for a project, capital expenditure or for core costs but not for an individual’s salary.
The Trustees meet in March, June, September and December, where applications received are considered at the respective meeting, applications need to arrive two weeks before the start of the meeting month. Appeals arriving later will be retained and carried over to the following meeting.
The Trust does not have an application form, instead please send an A4 letter no more than two sides to the address below, together with your latest charity Annual Accounts (appeals should be short and in plain English).
Your letter should adhere to the following:
• Your charity’s full name and number, the address;
• An e-mail address;
• The date;
• The sender’s name and signature at the end of the letter;
• Use a reasonable sized font (not too small) and leave a margin on the left side for a hole punch;
• Describe why you are making the appeal, including the benefit in the above area(s)
• Where relevant, state how much you are trying to raise, and who else you have appealed to.
• Put in numbers that give the scale of your charity – e.g., how many beneficiaries do you help?
• If you are fundraising for a particular project, state when the project starts (and see below*);
• Enclose the charity’s Accounts (including Statement of Financial Affairs, Balance Sheet and Notes).
Please do not send a covering letter (that would make three sides of A4) or DVDs, leaflets, or brochures. Also, do not appeal if you are only just beginning to fund-raise for a project and it may not start for a year or so as it can then prove difficult to ask for a grant to be returned.
Incoming appeals are not acknowledged (unless they are unsuitable or an amendment is recommended). However, all appeals are acknowledged, generally after the Trustees’ quarterly meeting.
Applications should be sent addressed to:
Mr Tim Patrickson
The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust
3 Poplar Piece
Telephone 01386 792014
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org