The objectives of the W F Southall Trust are to give grants to charities registered in England and Wales and working in the following fields. (1) community action; (2) environmental action & sustainability; (3) overseas development; (4) peace & reconciliation; (5) substance abuse, addiction & penal affairs; and (6) the Work of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). For the overseas development they are particularly interested in projects which improve the life chances for the next generation of children born into war-torn nations and/or those in the Global South, as well as those born into nations with poor access to education. Around a quarter of grants go towards overseas development each year and, since 2012 the average grant in this category has been around £1,900. So far they have supported: education projects (i.e. textbooks, boarding houses), rescuing trafficked and displaced children (i.e. Nepal), playgrounds for children, savings and loans programs. social and economic development, support for rural communities, etc.
Eligible applicants are organisations registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales, OSCR or the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland and working on any of the above six fields.
For overseas development, they have no focus countries. However, their main regional focus areas are Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.
They aim to respond to applications for up to £3,000 within two to four months. Most grants are between £1,000 and £3,000. The annual funding budget is around £300,000.
They do not have application deadlines and charities can apply at any time during the year. However, at present, requests for more than £3,000 are only considered twice per year, at full trustee meetings in March and November. For consideration at these meetings, applications must be received before the end of January and September respectively.