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.

Registered Charity Number: 201127

The D.V. Davis Trust was constituted on the 1st of September 1961. Its purpose is to make funds available in the form of loans to Roman Catholic places of worship in England and Wales.

The Trust helps with the repair and refurbishment of RC Churches (and Presbytries) to fit them for observance of the rites of the Roman Catholic faith. Loans given in the past have ranged from £10,000 to £40,000. The term of repayment of the loans will be mutually agreed and can be up to ten years, with the first three years being interest free.  

For further details of how to apply for a loan for the purposes indicated above, please contact the Trust Administrator here.

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. Please note that given the current challenges resulting from COVID-19, we are seeking to be as flexible as possible with our grant-making. We encourage applicants to highlight where they require support to help continue their important work.

The next meeting of the Trustees will take place on the 1st October 2021. The Trustees require all applicants to submit their application online. The online applications for the October 2021 meeting is now CLOSED

If you had started but not completed an application for the October 2021 meeting, the information you entered will have been saved and you will be able to complete the form for the April 2022 meeting.  

Applications for Holiday Funding - The Trustees are now accepting applications for Holiday Funding for the year April 2021 to March 2022. Click here to apply. 

Registered Charity Number: 1118097

Emergency Fund



Main Fund

The Foundation provides grants of up to £5,000 for charities and some not-for-profit organisations in the following areas:

  • Promotion and education of organic farming, non-domestic animal husbandry and veterinary science
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Medical research
  • Relief of disability and severe illness
  • The preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance
  • The accommodation of those in need

 The Application period for the October meeting will CLOSE at Midnight on 15 October 2021.

Formerly known as The Woodlands Trust

Registered Charity Number: 259569

Providing grants to registered charities in the West Midlands and London, within the boundaries of the M25, providing services to improve the quality of life and prospects of vulnerable young people between the ages of 13 to 25 and the elderly.

Capital appeals are not accepted, however appeals for alterations to existing buildings to comply with health and safety regulations will be considered. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Trustees is due to take place on teh 14th of October 2021. The Trustees are not able to accept any further applications for consideration at this meeting due to the high volume of applications already received.

The next meeting will take place in April 2022 on a date yet to be decided.  The Trustees will begin accepting applications for this meeting during January. Please monitor this website for further information as it becomes available.

If you had already started an online application when the form was closed for the October 2021 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 the 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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