Charity Grants

Below is a list of charities administered by Pothecary Witham Weld. Click the charity name for further information about the criteria and application process for each one.

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Registered Charity Number:  1061760

Peter Boizot M.B.E. the founder of the Pizza Express Group invented the Veneziana Pizza in 1977. This was his response to the disastrous flooding in Venice on the night of 4th/5th November 1966. In 1997, following a 20 year collaboration between Pizza Express and the Venice in Peril Fund, a British charity set up to help with the restoration of Venice after the flood, it was decided that the time had come to share the income from the sale of the Veneziana Pizza with heritage projects in the UK. Therefore the Veneziana Fund was formed and registered as a charity in 1997. Since then the Veneziana Fund has been receiving all donations from the sale of the Veneziana Pizza.


The Veneziana Fund has successfully supported many restoration works in Venice while in the UK it has funded heritage projects focusing on the preservation, restoration, repair and maintenance of buildings originally constructed before 1750 and works of art made before 1750.


The Trustees have now reviewed their grant making criteria. From January 2019 the Fund will focus on supporting charities selected together with Pizza Express who are involved in ‘music therapy’ and/or the development and nurturing of music talent. Before then there will be one last funding cycle in support of heritage projects in the UK. Applicants are invited to request an application form which needs to be submitted no later than the 30th of September 2018. Please email the Fund’s administrator here for more information about the criteria and an application form.

 Registered Charity Number: 242328 

The Sheldon Trust, which also incorporates funds previously held by the Malcolm Chick Charity and the Pearson’s Holiday Fund, aims to alleviate poverty and distress within society. To this end it makes grants to registered charities in four defined focus areas: community projects; special needs groups; youth development; and holidays for the disadvantaged.

Grants may be provided for specific projects, operating costs, including staff, as well as refurbishment and specific items of equipment. However, capital appeals for building costs and vehicles are not considered.

The next meeting of the Trustees will take place on the 19th October 2018.The online application is now OPEN. If you had already started an online application when the form was closed for the October 2018 meeting the information will have been saved and you will be able to access and complete the unfinished form now using the login and password you set up previously.

Applications for Holiday Funding - The Trustees are now accepting applications for Holiday Funding for the year April 2018 to March 2019. 

Registered Charity Number: 1118097

Providing grants for charities, CICs and Registered Societies. Grants are provided for projects relating to education (only relating to organic farming, animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and animal surgery), the visual and performing arts, medical research, the relief of disability and severe illness, the preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance and the accommodation of those in need.

When to apply

The Trustees aim to meet four times a year (approximately in January, April, July and October).

The next meeting is scheduled for MARCH 2019. Applications for the March 2019 meeting are now OPEN.

Formerly known as The Woodlands Trust

Registered Charity Number: 259569

Providing revenue funding to organisations working in the West Midlands and London, within the boundaries of the M25, providing services for youth between the ages of 16 to 25 and the elderly.

Capital appeals are not considered. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Trustees is due to take place in April 2019.  The online applicaton is now OPEN. If you had already started an online application when the form was closed for the October 2018 meeting the information will have been saved and you will be able to access and complete the unfinished form when the Trustees begin accepting applications for their April meeting.

 Registered Charity Number: 266602

The Trust supports contemplative Religious Communities in the British Isles.

The Malcolm Chick Charity has now merged with The Sheldon Trust.

There will be no further funding available from the Malcolm Chick Charity.

The Trustees of the Sheldon Trust will continue to make grants to registered charities working with young people who are disadvantaged either economically or educationally and who are between the ages of 16 and 25 years. Further details of this funding opportunity can be found on The Sheldon Trust webpage.

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