The Hilden Charitable Fund is an unincorporated trust constituted under a trust deed dated 8th May 1963, charity registration no. 232591. The Fund was established by an initial gift from Anthony and Joan Rampton.
The Fund was created as a general charitable trust. The trustees have a continuing interest in the third world and in minorities, however defined, in the UK. Grants are not normally made for well established causes nor to individuals. Overseas grants concentrate on development aid in preference to disaster relief.
The aim of the Fund is to address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are unlikely to raise funds from public subscription, known sometimes as 'unpopular causes.' Fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at a community level. Grants are rarely given to well funded national charities. Grants are not given to individuals.
After a major review of Fund activities in 1992, the following grant making priorities were established: homelessness, minorities, penal affairs and overseas countries. These priorities are reviewed on a three year cycle.
While Trustees' policy is to address needs by considering and funding specific projects' costs, Trustees are most sympathetic to funding general running, or core costs. In awarding these types of 'unrestricted' grants, Trustees believe that great value can be added, as most charities find fund raising for core costs most difficult. Trustees look to the Hilden staff team to advise applicants on funding alternatives if grant applications cannot be considered or awarded.