The time is now, and we need you
Who we are
The Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation (PPCF) is a grant giving trust with Quaker family roots. We aim to contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability. Our priority is to address systemic threats by seeking to change policy and attitudes at a national, European or international level. We do this through supporting projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures.
The time is now
Humanity teeters on the brink of a climate and biodiversity crisis, in an increasingly insecure world. Polden Puckham believes that the time is now to support the change that is so urgently needed. We want to empower the people and projects that will make the crucial difference and achieve our vision. We have decided to devote all the resources of the foundation to our mission at this critical time for our future – the clock is ticking.
We need you
We want to grow our trustee board by up to a third – to bring in the strengths, skills, experience and energy that we need to set an exciting and effective future strategy for the foundation, and to identify the changemakers and work we need to support in the coming years.
Do you have the time, energy, drive and determination to help us spend our resources to change the world? Do you have knowledge and experience of the peace and sustainable security or environmental sustainability sectors? We are particularly looking for people who are underrepresented on charity boards – young people, people with disability, people of colour and those from ethnic minority backgrounds. We are open to adapting our practices and working flexibly to minimise any barriers to inclusion.
If you share our vision of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability then we need you…
Get in touch
If this role appeals to you, please get in touch to arrange an initial, informal discussion with Christine Oliver, Polden Puckham’s Trust Secretary
Whom We Fund
Those seeking to change policy or attitudes
Our resources are limited and we receive a huge number of applications. In order to make informed grant decisions we have to focus our grant-giving in a number of ways. For this reason we fund organisations in UK that are working to influence policy, attitudes and values at a national or international level. These may be single issue groups working to achieve a particular change, or organisations with a broader remit. We give particular consideration to small pioneering headquarters organisations.
We only support practical projects when they are clearly of a pioneering nature, with potential for influencing UK national policy.
UK based charities and non-governmental organisations undertaking charitable activity
We are a UK based grant giving charity. We support the work of UK charities and NGOs undertaking work that is charitable in nature.
We also support organisations or projects that are not UK based if they can indicate a UK registered charity that is able to receive funds on their behalf and are undertaking work that is international in focus and charitable in nature.
Size of grants and supported organisations
We usually give grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 per year, for up to three years. We usually support organisations for whom this would represent between 4% and 50% of their annual income (organisations with an annual income of between £10,000 and £500,000 approximately).
We do not fund:
- organisations that are large (see above)
- organisations that are outside UK (unless they are linked with a UK registered charity and doing work of international focus)
- work outside the UK (unless it is of international focus)
- grants to individuals
- travel bursaries (including overseas placements & expeditions)
- academic research
- capital projects (e.g. building projects or purchase of nature reserves)
- community or local practical projects (except innovative projects for widespread application)
- youth work, youth training and youth camps
- environmental/ ecological conservation
- international agencies and overseas appeals
- general appeals
- human rights work (except where it relates to peace and environmental sustainability).
- community mediation, criminal or restorative justice work
Interested in applying?
Organisations who have had an application turned down by PPCF are ineligible to re-apply within twelve months of that application. Before contacting us please see our 'How to Apply' page for further information, where you can download our PPCF Guidelines and other documents that you will need. Please note that these guidelines apply to unsolicited applications. Trustees may choose to support other work from time to time at their own discretion.