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Community Pages  »  Gainford Parish Charitable TrustThu, 17th January 2019

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Community Pages  »  Gainford Parish Charitable Trust

Gainford Parish Charitable Trust



The trust exists to support charitable purposes in the parish of Gainford.

That doesn’t mean that we can only give to registered charities.  Any non profit–making organisation or event could be eligible. You do not need to be a registered charity to be eligible for a grant. The trust can give cash grants to anything that contributes to village life. It is somewhat unusual is for a village the size of Gainford to have a charitable trust of its own set up specifically to benefit village life.


Grants given Below is a list of the organisations that have been given grants.

The Big Weekend

Tennis and Netball club

St Osmond’s Playgroup

Village Hall

Durham Community Alarm Trust

Mum and Toddler Group

Parent and Toddler Group

Methodist Church

Parish Council


Luncheon Club

Horticultural Society

Gardening Club

Gainford C of E School

Afternoon Club

Gainford Children’s sports

Parish News

Gainford Surgery

St Mary’s Church

Gainford History Group

YG Club

Flower and Quilt exhibition

Youth Club

Gainford Singers



The trust was established in 1990 at the instigation of Wilf Barker, who lived on Water’s End in Gainford.  Wilf was a bachelor with no close family. During his lifetime he gave money to set up the trust and organised a group of people to act as the first trustees. He also left a bequest in his will, and this is the basis of the trust’s capital. Other people have also donated to the trust’s capital fund. This capital is invested and earns interest of about £3,500 per year. This £3,500 is available to give as grants to village organisations. If you’ve always wanted to be a philanthropist you can make a donation to the trust or make a bequest.


The people who make the decisions about who gets grants are called the trustees. There may be up to twelve trustees and they all live in the parish. The trustees meet  four times a year. ( January, April, July and October), so if you want to apply for a grant you may need to think ahead a bit. The annual general meeting is always in April and is open to the public. Anyone who lives in the parish can come to the meeting in the village hall and listen and ask questions.  Before the AGM there will be a notice in Parish News and posters will be displayed in the village.



To find out more please contact


If you are involved in a village organisation or event, just think: could a grant from the trust help you?  If you want to put in an application for a grant, get in touch. There is a form to fill in, GPCT application form which you can download and complete on paper or complete and email to us.


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