Our Grants Programme

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings.

Our funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as we understand that many of the organisations we support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. Successful new applicants can expect to receive a grant at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs).

Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.

Arts and heritage

Education and training

Environmental causes and animal welfare


Social welfare


Individual Churches

Hospices or Hospitals

Start-up costs

Project costs

There is no standard application form.

Applications must include:

– cover letter (one to two sides)

– full set of the most recent Annual Report and Accounts

Applicants should demonstrate that they have understood the type of funding which the Trust provides and illustrate how this would benefit their charity on a long-term basis.

All applications should be made in writing and sent by post to the Marsh Charitable Trust, 4 Matthew Parker Street, London, SW1H 9NP.

There is no deadline for applications.

Applications are processed on an on-going basis and a response is usually sent within two months of receipt. However, due to the high volume of applications, occasionally responses to new appeals may take longer.

Upon receipt, applications are divided into two groups, new appeals and renewals, and are given to a monthly grants committee for consideration.

Each application is considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives, the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses, and the suitability of the application to the type of funding we provide.

A response is made to every appeal whether it is successful or not.

The Encephalitis Society

The Encephalitis Society is the only charity in the world providing direct support and information to people affected by all types of encephalitis and reaches tens of millions of individuals each year. Encephalitis is brain inflammation caused by infection or by autoimmune disease. The society raises awareness about the condition and creates a further understanding of encephalitis through promoting and collaborating research.
The people who primarily benefit from the work of the Encephalitis Society are a growing international community of individuals affected by encephalitis, their families, and wider support networks and the medical community, scientists, and researchers who provide support to those affected by the condition and improve knowledge about encephalitis and care.
The photo attached was taken at a Family Weekend run by the society and was an amazing opportunity for families to come together.

The MCT has supported the Encephalitis Society since 2014.


E P Youth

E P Youth exists to provide support, information, and practical learning activities to young people in North Norfolk who are rurally isolated, and are affected by social exclusion, income deprivation and poor educational attainment. E P Youth run a range of needs-led projects that are free and inclusive for all young people aged between 11 and 25 – including those with special educational needs.
Through participation in fun activities, games and crafts, they provide opportunity and encouragement for young people to enjoy improved mental health and well-being, acquire new learning skills, and gain improved self-confidence and self-esteem. They work with young people who have become isolated from their peer group, have difficult home environments, and help them to identify their problems and create a way forward. Their food pantry incentive runs alongside our projects and provides assistance to young people, their families and the wider community.

The MCT has supported E P Youth since 2004.


Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery was rescued by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust which is a charity run by volunteers and supported by staff who do everything from guiding tours to helping maintain the landscape. Their aims are to preserve Highgate Cemetery as a place of historic and other interest and beauty, to permit the Cemetery to be used as a public burial ground, and to secure the repair, restoration, and preservation of the Cemetery for the public benefit.
Some of the Cemetery’s well-known residents include scientist Michael Faraday, novelist Beryl Bainbridge, and philosopher Karl Marx, whose monument attracts visitors from all over the world. There are also many graves from the two world wars.

The MCT has supported Highgate Cemetery since 1986.


Tree Aid

Tree Aid works with people in the drylands of Africa to tackle poverty and the effects of the climate crisis by growing trees, improving people’s incomes, and restoring and protecting land. Led by local people, Tree Aid’s projects make sure trees thrive so they can provide food and incomes today and protect the environment for tomorrow.
Since 1987, Tree Aid have worked with communities in the Sahel in Africa to restore over 160,000 hectares of land and grow over 24 million trees. In fact, they grow one tree every 19 seconds. Tree Aid are incredibly grateful for the continued support from the Marsh Charitable Trust over the last 10 years, which has contributed to the funding of many of their projects across the Sahel.

The MCT has supported Tree Aid since 2012.


War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works to protect and conserve the 100,000 war memorials in the UK. The charity provides free advice to anyone needing help and runs grant schemes to support repair and conservation projects. The Trust wants to ensure each and every memorial is preserved, and the memory of the individuals recorded, whether they be from past or present conflict, civilian or service personnel. Encouraging best conservation practice gives the greatest chance of preserving the original war memorials as they were seen by those who lost loved ones.
Most of the UK’s war memorials are treasured but around 1 in 35 may be sadly neglected, vandalised or left to suffer the effects of ageing and weathering. The Trust supports communities to care for those that need attention. It also encourages the public to engage with our war memorials and more than 7,000 people contributed information via www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk to help monitor the condition of war memorials around the UK.

The MCT has supported War Memorials Trust since 2001.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Marsh Charitable Trust was established by Brian Marsh OBE with the sum of £75,000. From these beginnings the Trust’s funds have developed and stand today at around £17,000,000.

The Trust’s principle activity is financed by income derived from its investment portfolio, but whenever possible Mr Marsh will make further personal donations. The Trust does not accept any public donations.

The application requirements are a cover letter and a copy of the most recent Annual Report and Accounts. We believe that the application requirements reflect the size of our grants and therefore there is no detailed application form to complete.

Other relevant information is also considered alongside the letter and accounts, but please do not send in a large number of extra documents as there is no need, it will cost you more and it will take longer to process.

If more information is required, we will contact you.

The size of the grants range from £300 to £2,000 with new grantees starting at the lower end of the scale.

Grant sums are decided by the grants committee, but applicants are welcome to request a specific sum. However they should take into consideration the amounts available and remember that new successful applications will receive a grant at the lower end of the scale.

The simple answer is no, you can apply at anytime.

Applications are processed on an on-going basis and you will usually hear from us within 2 months. Sometimes due to the volume of applications we may take a little longer to respond, but it won’t be much longer than that.