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Our impact

For over 40 years, PWCF has supported The Prince of Wales’s interest in identifying and meeting charitable needs.

View a list of our beneficiaries

£3.6m

Average grants awarded annually to community-based projects

700+

Organisations supported over the last five years

£70+ million

Awarded over the last 20 years
 


Grant-making impact

PWCF continues to focus on key issues and provide funding to more than 100 organisations each year to deliver projects within the funding themes. PWCF also has a significant interest in supporting young people and the built environment; grants are awarded to The Prince’s Foundation and Prince’s Trust programmes in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

In order to increase our impact and ensure that we have a holistic approach to our grant making, we encourage our grant beneficiaries to work together where they have overlapping programmes. An example of this approach is the grant awarded to The Rivers Trust and The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in support of a three-year project on water catchment management which links into our interest in environmental sustainability issues. Under PWCF’s health, wellbeing and social inclusion theme, a grant was made to Shared Lives Plus, to combat loneliness and promote supportive shared living through Shared Lives and Homeshare schemes run in partnership with local and national governments.

The small grant programme enables charities to leverage and unlock funding from other sources for grass roots community projects and reach disadvantaged communities.

Case Study – Learning Partnerships ‘Let’s Read’ Programme 

A grant was given to Learning Partnerships in order to fund a further 25 volunteers for their Let’s Read programme in deprived areas of Leeds. Funding for reading and literacy programmes in such communities makes a significant difference on many levels.

Beneficiaries reported that ‘The volunteers are great positive role models for the children - they make them feel valued by always taking the time to talk and listen to them on a 1:1 basis. The sessions give the children extra time to practice their phonic and comprehension skills allowing them to develop their reading ability.” Rebecca Machin, St Bartholomew’s Primary Academy

“When I have read my book, we have a talk and she makes me laugh!” “She helps me sound out difficult words and she always says well done!” “They help me read better and learn the meaning of new words. – Schoolchildren     

“It’s rewarding getting to know each child and seeing their confidence grow." – Reading Volunteer    

Project and subsidiaries impact

Since 2004, our Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) project has worked with the accounting and finance community to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and deliver a sustainable future by transforming reporting standards, and inspiring influential global leaders to act, To date, 1,600 organisations across 65 countries have adopted integrated reporting, reflective of the opportunities and risks posed by environmental and social issues. 

The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF), a charitable subsidiary of PWCF, has awarded over £9 million in grants to more than 250 projects in the last decade. PCF continues to address rural issues, improving the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life.

Our partnership with Waitrose enables us to earn income from the sales of the Waitrose Duchy Organics products to support good farming and good causes. Waitrose Duchy Organic sells over £200m at retail sales value and is one of the top 30 grocery brands in the UK. Waitrose customers have helped raise over £23.5 million to support a wide range of good causes.