Thank you for visiting the Shears Foundation website. We are a family foundation making grants in Tyne, Wear and Northumberland; York; Harrogate; Greater Manchester and The City of Bradford.

The Shears Foundation strategically supports a number of core charitable organisations that we have built a long term relationship with. In addition, we have a small grants programme with fixed grants of £5,500.

If you would like to apply for a £5,500 grant, we need to have a conversation with you, and find out a little more before you apply. Please give Carla Greenwood, our Shears Foundation Administrator, a call on ‭07860 131297‬. We normally take enquiry phone calls on TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS. If you'd prefer to book a scheduled time for a telephone call or ZOOM call, click on the link below.

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Applications where we have not had a telephone conversation or ZOOM call prior to application will not be considered by our trustees.

IMPORTANT UPDATE. FOR APPLICATIONS FROM 1st MARCH 2024, THE TRUSTEES HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO LIMIT SHEARS FOUNDATION GRANTS TO ORGANISATIONS WITH INCOME BELOW £1.5M. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO OUR CORE GROUPS.