The John Weston Fund

Foundations Derbyshire
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The Fund has 3 Key Strands

  1. Support to individual young people. The age range for applying is 11 – 25 years of age.

The fund will support young people in developing their life skills, it is about embarking on experiences that will build character and offer unique opportunities to test & progress themselves.  Any project must show a commitment to volunteering in the community either during the experience or on their return – sharing experiences and skills. As well as funding traditional gap year projects the fund will also support costs linked to pursuing excellence in sport or music as well as extra-curricular educational activities.

Individuals wishing to apply must contact the grants team for an application form. The form below is only applicable to community groups

2. Community & voluntary groups – Young People

The panel will consider funding youth projects that are aimed at 11 -25-year-olds

3. Community & voluntary groups – Older People

The panel will consider funding projects aimed at supporting older isolated individuals within the catchment area – isolation could be due to lack of mobility, living alone, dementia, stroke or other illnesses

Type of Project costs funded

Additional Exclusions

If you have received a grant for your group’s core /ongoing running costs (i.e rent, transport etc) you will need to wait a period of 12 months before re-applying for the same costs.


There will always be a preference in awarding individuals and groups who can show they have made some efforts to fundraise internally.


This Fund is geographically specific to a certain portion of the county, predominantly in the south west.  To apply you must live in or provide services to individuals within the following postcode areas. We have given some examples of towns and villages included in these areas although the lists are not exhaustive.


Closing Dates

There are no fixed closing dates. The decision-making panel meet four times per year.

Making An Application

The Foundation has an online application process. You will need to have a valid e-mail address to access the application process. If you do not wish to complete the form online but would prefer to handwrite your bid then please do let us know and we’ll happily post you a hard copy out. Find out more about making an application below.

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