About the Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust established in 1955. It has assets of £265m and funds a wide variety of different organisations, working with people at the margins of society. It has committed more than £20m in the financial year 2022/2023.
Tudor has a reputation within the voluntary sector as an open, flexible and listening funder, and one that works on the basis that the applicant is the expert in the work that they do. Tudor’s focus on core funding, straightforward application processes, emphasis on building trusting relationships, and commitment to developing applications through discussion rather than paperwork have all influenced recent shifts in UK grant making.
Historically, Tudor Trust has focused on funding smaller, under-resourced organisations which offer direct services and address marginalisation as applicants choose to define it. For many years, it operated an open grants application process (rather than specific funding programmes) and encouraged groups to apply for what they really want, rather than requiring groups to ‘deliver’ against the trust’s own priorities.
In a transformed version of Tudor, we want to apply our long-standing commitment to and reputation for supporting organisations to deliver services in communities, to an approach which more intentionally focuses on achieving social change through grassroots activities that work in tandem with delivery models. An interim plan is now in place to build the new foundations needed to ensure that when Tudor opens up to new grants, it will do so in a way that strategically benefits the communities that are most under-resourced, and yet so often hold the knowledge and answers to achieving deep, systemic and structural change.
This plan includes:
- Embedding an inclusive and anti-racist people culture that will enable Tudor to attract and retain a wider, more diverse group of staff and trustees with talent, commitment and lived experience of intersectional social and economic inequity.
- Building a new governance structure that more clearly defines the different roles of staff and trustees, so that the work of making grants can be delegated to those with the most knowledge and understanding of social and racial justice.
- Developing a learning approach that builds on our understanding of the potential for grassroots activity to drive wider systemic and social change