The Dudley & Geoffrey Cox Charitable Trust

In 1979 the Dudley and Geoffrey Cox Charitable Trust was founded by the Cox family

Its focus is on: helping young people, medical research, welfare and poverty relief, with particular sympathy for geographical areas where the Haymills group had a presence, and projects with a technical training aspect. The charity now grants funds only to 'core' charities. For information on what defines a core charity, please see the bottom of the page.

In a typical year the Trust awards over £200,000 in grants.

In principle the Trust funds things in the following categories:

  • Medical research projects
  • Programmes of benefit to young people
  • Welfare – in the sense of improving the well-being, living conditions, comfort or general flourishing of particular groups of people who are burdened in some way. In principle this category is very broad, but obvious examples would be homelessness, being in prison, isolated elderly people, people in financial hardship, etc; or
  • Costs of formal education.

Our help grew

Initially the trustees turned to the Merchant Taylors’ Company for help with administration and being the Trust’s correspondent for the public and regulators. Over time this role grew as they appreciated what the Company could offer. When trustees retired, the board was happy for the Merchant Taylors’ Company to provide replacements with top-level business and professional experience.

Merchant Taylors’ Charity Management now provides day-to-day administration, including managing the grant-making process, as well as thorough briefings and papers for board meetings.

Greater impact

The board has worked with Merchant Taylors’ Charity Management to refine its grant-making approach. This has resulted in achieving greater impact and securing the Trust’s longevity. We seek opportunities where the Trust can combine grants with other managed charities, which substantially increases its strength and impact on the lives of people in need.

The Trust only funds registered charities. It does not accept applications from or on behalf of individuals.

The Trust does not fund:

  • applications from individuals (This includes where the application is to fund the individual’s cost of participating in a charitable activity, eg, environmental work outside the UK); or
  • unsolicited applications relating to beneficiaries outside the UK; or
  • unsolicited applications relating to environmental work, or animal welfare.

The rest of this guidance explains our other funding policy preferences. These other policy preferences are not rigid rules implying absolute cut off points. However, we use these preferences to prioritise applications, bearing in mind that we receive many more than we can afford to fund. So the fewer preferences your application would satisfy, the less likely it would be to receive funding.

The Trust does not accept unsolicited applications in Category 4 (costs of formal education). Hence the Trust never funds requests for help with particular individuals’ school, higher education or professional training fees. Its Category 4 funding is exclusively centred on a list of educational establishments where there is a long established link either with the late Dudley and Geoffrey Cox, or the Haymills group of companies, or with the construction industry generally. The Trust has no plans to extend the list. Category 4 funding tends to be in the form of scholarships or prizes for individuals . Current examples are:

  • Funding bursaries and prizes at Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood
  • Funding prizes for students on construction or engineering courses at a small number of UK universities.

However, in Category 2 (Youth) and Category 3 (Welfare) the Trust has a preference for applications relating to some type of training or education in the broadest sense of the term, even more so if it relates in some way to construction or engineering of any type, and more so again if most beneficiaries are likely to be drawn from backgrounds of financial hardship.

The Trust’s strongest preference as to geography is for work which mainly or exclusively benefits London boroughs with a postcode starting with W, SW, or NW. This is due to the historic connection between the Haymills group of companies and West London.

The second preference is work which benefits the whole or a part of Greater London, but is not covered by the first preference.

The third preference is the South East of England.

Local charities working outside these areas only have a chance of receiving funding in these Categories for something which directly involves training beneficiaries in an aspect of engineering or construction.

National charities only have a chance of receiving funding in these Categories if it is for either a particular project which falls within the first geographical preference above, or the funding request is very closely linked to engineering or construction.

(If your work is delivered mainly in London, you may also wish to consider whether your charity would be eligible to apply instead to Merchant Taylors’ Consolidated Charities for the Infirm).

The first preference is to fund either projects with a clear outcome, or a proposal which in some way will help your charity become significantly more resilient, or more efficient, or better at achieving its charitable purposes, or which will seed a beneficial knock on effect beyond your particular charity’s beneficiaries.

However, the Trust are open to funding general running costs. If that is what your charity really needs, please be clear about this on the application.

For medical research, the Trust rarely makes grants exceeding £5,000.

In areas relating to youth and welfare, grants are often in the range £5,000-£20,000 in a single year. However, the Trust are open to requests for more where an applicant’s proposal in some way will help their charity become significantly more resilient, or more efficient, or better at achieving its charitable purposes, or will seed a beneficial knock on effect beyond their particular charity’s beneficiaries.

The Trust aims to fund charities with an annual income of less than £100,000. A second preference is for charities with an annual income in the range £100,000-£500,000. The Trust has very occasionally funded national charities where their proposal was to deliver a service mainly benefiting people in their priority London boroughs, which they felt would make a big difference to those beneficiaries, and there was no one else likely to provide those beneficiaries with anything similar.

In each of the categories above, the Trust has certain charities whom the trustees regard as ‘core charities’. The Trust will have already expressly notified your charity if it is a core charity. If you have not already received such a notification, your charity is a non-core charity.

The trustees will consider core charities for a grant every year, even if they have not lodged an application. It does not mean they are guaranteed to receive a grant. Periodically the trustees review the list of core charities. A charity might be removed from the list if, for example, the trustees felt that the scale of its income meant that the Trust’s donation would be a drop in the ocean, or if they felt the charity was likely to raise the funds whether or not the Trust donated.

Core charities will be considered for a grant annually, even if they do not lodge an application. However, there is no guarantee that all of them will be awarded a grant, so they may decide to lodge an application anyway in order to explain to the Trustees why a grant is particularly needed. Medical core charities wishing to lodge a specific application should do so during the window 1st February – 31st August. Decisions are notified on 15 November, regardless of whether a specific application has been lodged. Youth core charities and welfare core charities wishing to lodge a specific application should do so during the window 1st August – March 10th. Applications will then be shortlisted, and decided by Trustees. Decisions are normally notified on 30 April, regardless of whether a specific application has been lodged.