Our first Trustees used funds to support social welfare projects, preservation of buildings and countryside, and the promotion of art and learning. Today our priority areas are closely defined. With an annual income of around £2.5 million it is vital that our modest resources are used where they can make the most impact.
In social welfare we fund imaginative and innovative projects with a proven track record so that this seed funding will encourage others to give. Our priority lies in projects that support vulnerable women and girls. The Pilgrim Trust also supports preservation and scholarship, helping causes that find it difficult to raise funds from other sources. We now concentrate our resources on the essential work of collections care and management and the repair of important historic buildings that need to find a new, sustainable use. We also support organisations by offering more than just money. By working collaboratively with other foundations, not only can information and expertise be shared, but more money can be drawn into a project.
Our Trustees always try to use their funds imaginatively. They might provide initial funding to get a project started so that an organisation can reach a point where it can apply for major grants. The Pilgrim Trust can also be the first funder when the case appears to be hopeless, but there is a chance of encouraging others.
Photograph with kind permission of The National Trust