The PWT manages assets of around £1m and uses the income on these assets of approximately £30,000 a year, to grant fund projects which contribute to improving wellbeing and strengthening communities. It has a general charitable purpose for the public benefit. The PWT is not specifically a Bolton charity although over the years the Trustees have been keen to focus on those most in need within the Borough of Bolton. Our grants are open to all individuals, community groups and non- profit organisations within the Borough and as long as the funding will have a direct benefit to the local community then we are happy to consider your application.
We particularly want to support projects which benefit young people either in school or in the community. In addition, in line with the original objects of the charity, we do also focus support on the Old Harwood area of Bolton.
While the Trust you see today was only formally created in the early 21 st Century, our roots go as far back as the early 1950’s. The Provincial Trust was initially set up following a donation from the Provincial Insurance Company. More recently the charity was able to expand its reach within Bolton Borough when it merged with the Walsh’s Trust, a charity originally set up to distribute money from the sale of the Walsh’s Institute in Harwood. More recently still the Trust received a bequest from the estate of John Needham.
The charitable objects of the merged Trust focus on general charitable purposes for the public benefit including education and on young people and over the years the Trustees have aimed to fund individuals and groups for educational or social benefit focussing on those in need. The terms of the Walsh’s Trust require that funds are available, but not exclusively, for educating persons under 25 in the Old Harwood area.
Our Trustees bring with them a diverse range of experience and knowledge from the charitable, public and private sectors: and with an investment portfolio of more than £1m, the charity looks to facilitate greater investment in charities, community groups and individuals in the Bolton area.
Chairman of the Trust, David was instrumental in merging the two trusts together and has since overseen its growth in Bolton. A solicitor by trade, he is seen as an expert on Charity Law, advising numerous charities and lecturing widely.
A retired accountant with a wife and four children, Brian has for the past 40 years been active in the local communities where he has lived; Bolton, Chester and the North East. He has been, or still is, involved with church groups, scout groups, school PTAs and sports clubs.
A retired planner and project manager with over 30 years experience in the public sector; following retirement Christine has supported a local community group.
Now retired, Peter was the Managing Director of Hanburys, the family business, until 1997. As well as the Trust, where he has been a member for over 5 years, Peter is actively involved in the Bolton Scouting Movement; where he is Group Scout Leader of the 17th.
Having extensively worked for the public sector, including the Bolton, Rochdale and Rugby Councils, and in a primary school Carol is now actively involved in volunteering in the Bolton area. As well as the Trust, she is a young person’s mentor with the Bolton Lads and Girls Club, works with local charities and is a Governor at a local school.
A retired qualified accountant, Robert worked in the finance and Chief Executives Department for Bolton Council for over 30 years, where he specialised in government grant funding and regeneration programmes. Working with the Trust since 1986, he became Treasurer in 2015 and was appointed as a Trustee in 2017.
A retired executive assistant of 40 years’ experience Joan has provided valuable support to the Trustees and to applicants since 2011.
We have over the last 10 years funded mainly small and medium-sized projects from £100 upwards. The average grant is around £570, and we have awarded over 650 grants in total. These have been across a range of activities including:
Learning & Development
Inter faith activities
Social & Community
Sport & Leisure
We welcome applications from charities, voluntary and community groups and local, regional or national organisations, where the beneficiaries are local, and also from individuals in the Bolton area who need particular assistance to reach their educational, social, creative or sporting potential.
In common with most grants aimed at benefitting local communities there are a number of costs which we cannot fund, these include:
loans or interest payments
religious or political activities
new buildings or major refurbishments
VAT you can reclaim
alcohol or drugs
costs that were already paid for before you were awarded funding by us
To read more about what we can and can’t fund download the guidance note here or email The Secretary to the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic or paper copy.
Our the years, we have funded numerous initiatives, charities and community groups within the Bolton Borough. Take a look at what we’ve done.
Money Awarded Since 2011
Money Awarded across the Trust year April 2022 - October 2022
This sets out who can apply and how, e.g., project outline -value of project, match funding, eligibility, location, beneficiaries/benefits, what background to submit in support of your application, deadlines, how applications are assessed, timing of decisions, letting you know the outcome of the assessment
Download the guidance note here or email The Secretary to the Trust at email@example.com for a paper copy
Download the application form here or email The Secretary to the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can either do this on your computer or print it off and complete it by hand and then email it to the Secretary at the address below. Make sure you understand what information should be submitted in support of your application by reading the guidance note
Please email: email@example.com
Each application is considered on its merits considering who benefits from the project, the availability of match funding and whether it meets The Trust’s charitable purpose.
Download the guidance notes here for more information on the assessment process or email The Secretary to the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org for a paper
Anything not clear about the application process or the assessment process?
Simply get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.