DWF Foundation

Funding priority

The DWF Foundation supports registered charities with an impact in one or more of the following areas:

  • Homelessness
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Employability
  • Education

The Foundation gives grants to initiatives that develop and improve local communities by:

  • Tackling a specific community issue;
  • Helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient;
  • Encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded; and
  • Enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community.


Apply anytime, but Grants Committee meets 3 times a year - check application guidelines for dates

Type of funder


Who can apply

Registered charities only. They support the communities around their office locations.

In the UK, these are:

They also have offices outside the UK.


The DWF Foundation will only fund charitable causes. They are not able to fund the following areas of work:
 Academic research
 Activities for which a statutory body is responsible
 Activity taking place in school time that is a statutory responsibility
 Animal welfare
 Evaluation which is not related to the funded work
 Every day running costs and core salaries
 General fundraising appeals
 Individuals
 Loans or business finance
 Other grant making bodies
 Professional fundraisers or bid writers
 Professional qualifications
 Recurrent funding
 Redundancy payments
 Religious and political causes
 Sponsorship/marketing appeals/fundraising costs
 Startup costs for new organisations
 The advancement of religion
 Universities/HE facilities
 Vehicles and minibuses
 Work that has already taken place

Funding Type

  1. One-off
  2. Project

Grant details

The Foundation does not have a minimum grant size but the majority of grants will fall under £5,000.

The DWF Foundation will not fund multi-year grants.


Size of grant

  1. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

Complete online application form available on their website.

You'll need to include details of a referee. It helps if this is an employee at DWF law firm, but it's not essential.

If successful, you'll receive a response within one month of the Grant Committee meeting. If you're not successful, you probably won't hear back - allow four months from the date of application.

Consortium members funded in the past

No Member Groups have used this funding.

Contact Details


Various around the UK

United Kingdom

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