What we do

The charity’s trust deed defines our objectives as  . . .’ to apply funds whether or not to a registered charity to bodies corporate or persons engaged or who have been engaged in the education of the public through the performing arts for the relief of poverty amongst such class or classes of person or persons’.  With these as our fundamental guidelines we therefore concentrate our support specifically towards the Performing rather to Visual or other art forms. 

Photo: Natalie Carter

Our support for music performance and education has spanned a wide range of genres: we sponsor a ‘Female Vocal’ chair  with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and sponsor a prize for Jazz composition at the Worshipful Company.  We have helped to fund a Brass Band festival in Ironbridge, made donations to the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Purcell School, the charities ‘Music for Life’ and the Orpheus Centre and many similar good causes . With our musical heritage and the high profile of our founders it is perhaps not surprising that most requests for support have, in the past, come from the world of music – but not all.  We helped a brilliant young British ballet dancer who won a scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy,  making contributions over a 3 year period towards her living expenses in Russia. In the future we shall welcome applications from the field of drama and dance. Applications are also welcomed from individuals and people of all ages but, with our trust objectives in mind, we have tended to favour those from organisations which benefit groups of performers.

If you are thinking of making an application then it is worth bearing in mind that the Wavendon Foundation is not a large charity and we have to balance all applications against each other. Donations to individuals would normally not exceed £1,000 and those to large organisations no more than £5,000.  These indications are not fixed in stone but, generally speaking, expectations should be consistent with these amounts.