The Pilgrim Trust favours giving to organisations where our relatively modest grants will make a significant impact. If you are considering making an application for a grant please read our Funding Guidelines carefully.

Full details of our two stage application procedure can be found on the Apply page of the website and if you have any questions that are not answered by the FAQ’s please email us at


 UK Heritage -Preservation and Scholarship

We are committed to preserving the United Kingdom’s unique heritage for the benefit of future generations. Part of that heritage lies in physical objects such as buildings, artifacts and recorded information such as manuscripts or books. Our main emphasis is on projects that conserve historical buildings, monuments and collections.   We also encourage projects that promote awareness either by making collections more available or by supporting academic research and ones that improve access.
If you are seeking a grant for places of worship please note that we make annual block grants to the Church Buildings Council, the National Churches Trust and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust and you should check carefully before applying to The Pilgrim Trust.

Social Welfare

Our aim is to improve the life chances of vulnerable women and girls and our interest is in supporting early interventions that address their needs before these become too deep-seated. We are interested in projects that give women and girls greater opportunities and greater control over their lives. These projects will take an early action approach to addressing the social inequalities women and girls face. We suggest you refer carefully to our Funding Guidelines before you make an application.

Funding Schemes

We make grants available through one of two schemes, the Main Grant Fund and the Small Grant Fund. The Main Grant Fund is our primary grant outlet and distributes approximately 90% of our annual grant budget. If your project fits our funding criteria, you can apply for sums above £5,000 through this scheme. The Small Grant Fund  is reserved for requests of £5,000 or less.

Image with kind permission of The Fitzwilliam Museum