About Us 2017-07-22T16:51:46+00:00


The Hadfield Trust was constituted by Trust Deed on 1st September 1997.
It was endowed through the generosity of one family who had lived in Cumbria for many years and loved the County.

Who We Are:

The Hadfield Trust gives grants to charitable organisations in Cumbria. We are keen to support community projects that meet the needs of the Cumbrian community and make a real difference to the quality of life of those living in the County.

We are particularly interested in projects that address social needs; youth and employment; help for older people; the arts and the environment. It is the intention of the Trustees that awards should benefit as many residents as possible, in particular those who are disadvantaged.

In 2001, in response to the Foot and Mouth outbreak that devastated Cumbria, particularly agriculture and tourism, the Hadfield Trust devised a Short Break Scheme funding much needed breaks for affected farming families at hospitality providers in Cumbria, thus providing greatly appreciated support to both sectors. This fund gave out over £500,000 including match funding and donations.

What We Do:

The Hadfield Trust is a grant making charitable trust. Since 1998 we have given over £4 million pounds to good community projects in Cumbria. Our priorities include social needs; youth and employment; help for older people; the arts, and the environment.

Deadline dates:

1st February; 1st June; 1st October

Decision dates:

End of March; July; and November

We fund up to £5,000 but most of our awards are between £1,500-£3,000.

The Trustees:

Roy A. Morris CBE DL        Chairman of Trustees
Alan W. Forsyth OBE DL   Chairman of the Panel
William Rathbone OBE
Michael E.Hope MBE
Andrew T. Morris
Caroline F.E.Addison
Andrew W.N. Forsyth

The Trustees greatly benefit from the guidance of the Advisory Panel that meet before the Trustees to discuss the applications. Panel members are chosen from across Cumbria for their knowledge and experience of the County and its charitable sector.

The Administrator to the Hadfield Trust:
Mrs Caroline Addison LLB.

The Assistant to the Administrator:
Mrs Valerie Hewitt