Created with the gift of 20% of the company shares, Dame Margaret Barbour set up the Barbour Foundation (originally called The Barbour Trust) in 1988 to support charities and good causes primarily in the North East of England and support research into the causes of chronic illness. To date, over £24million has been donated to our communities. The Barbour family is in the top 100 of the Sunday Times UK Giving List 2020 for their charitable donations.
In October 1999, Dame Margaret Barbour set up The Women’s Fund offering support to organisations delivering benefit and social well being to women in the local community. Dame Margaret also set up The Nancy Barbour Award in recognition of her mother in law’s contribution to the Barbour business. The aim of this Award is to help women in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland who have a disability to reach their full potential.
Dame Margaret Barbour presents a cheque to Cancer Connections, a South Tyneside charity in the North East of England dedicated to serving individuals and families, suffering from cancer
The Barbour Foundation donated £1m to help young researchers at Newcastle University tackle debilitating syndromes and diseases such as ageing, human genetics and neurodegenerative disease.
How Do I Apply to The Barbour Foundation?
The Foundation has a diverse collection of objectives, including;
- The relief of persons in the North East of England who are in conditions of need, by reasons of their social and economic circumstances, hardship or distress.
- To assist organisations that provide services/projects for those with special needs.
- To help improve the employment prospects of young people and to alleviate their problems of homelessness in the North East of England.
- The promotion of research into the cause and treatment of chronic illnesses or diseases and the provision of medical equipment.
- The protection and preservation for the benefit of the public in the North East of England such features of cities, towns. Villages and the countryside as are of special environmental, historical and architectural interest.
- National and International crisis
Main Grants Meetings (from £2000 per application) are held quarterly and Small Grants Meetings (up to £2000 per application) are held every six weeks.
In addition to the Grant Meetings, consideration is given to requests for prizes for charitable events. If successful a voucher will be issued. Applications for prizes should be made in writing to the correspondence address. Applications must include the full address, date and full details of the event.
Parts of North East England ie Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Durham, South Tyneside.
Failure to provide this requested information at the outset may result in refusal of application.
Typewritten letter, posted to the correspondent, including the Charity number and full address, email and telephone number (limited to 2 A4 pages)
- Details of the request ie project, core funding etc.
- Breakdown of costs
- Copy of the latest accounts
- What other funders have been approached?
- Donations raised to date
- Requests from outside the geographical area
- Requests from educational establishments
- Capital grants for building projects
- Applications for/from individuals
The Foundation always receives more applications than it has funds to support. Even if a project fits the policy priorities, it may not be possible to make a grant. Following a donation or refusal allow 12 months to elapse before reapplying.
The Trustees of the Foundation are Dame Margaret, Helen Barbour and Nichola Bellaby. The Administrator is Audrey Harvey. The address for correspondence is:
c/o Edith Howse, Executive Secretary,
Tyne and Wear,
Telephone 0191 427 4217
Email [email protected]
The Barbour Foundation, charity number 328081