For over 40 years, PWCF has supported The Prince of Wales’s charitable work. Our mission is to transform lives and build sustainable communities by awarding grants to a wide range of good causes within our core funding themes: Heritage & Conservation, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Social Inclusion, Environment and Countryside.
Over the last 20 years, PWCF has awarded grants of more than £70 million to charitable projects in the UK and overseas. In 2020, PWCF responded to the pandemic by launching the COVID-19 Recovery Fund and distributing over £150,000 to not-for-profit organisations supporting some of the most deprived communities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
We also work with our charitable subsidiaries: The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) which supports the fabric of the UK countryside and Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), which works to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy.
Our commercial subsidiary Duchy Originals Limited receives income from the sale of Waitrose Duchy Organic products and donates its profits to PWCF. This income supports our grant making activities and highlights Waitrose Duchy Organic’s commitment to supporting good causes.
"Transforming lives and building sustainable communities"
Our mission is inspired by The Prince of Wales’s values of harmony and sustainability.
We achieve our mission by awarding grants to support projects in the UK, Commonwealth and internationally. We have supported a number of non-profit organisations including Plantlife International, Prince’s Trust, Soil Association, Carers Trust, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, International Tree Foundation and The Prince's Foundation.
Our Core Principles
- We will endeavour to maximise charitable impact
- Whenever possible, we will use our grants to leverage additional funding from other sources
- We aim to support The Prince of Wales's charitable interests
- We will have best-practice governance, management and systems
- We will leverage The Prince of Wales's ability to convene and facilitate
Grant making programmes
The Trustees and The Prince of Wales are keen that awards from PWCF make a significant difference to people and their communities. Therefore, PWCF would consider small grant applications from UK registered non-for-profit organisations that support community-based projects in deprived areas in the UK and overseas.
The small grants programme awards single and multi-year grants to a maximum value of £5,000 or £15,000 respectively. The average award is £1,500.
Please review the application checklist and criteria before applying for a small grant.
The major grants programme awards grants in excess of £5,000. Major grants applications are by invitation only.