Welcome to the Summerfield Charitable Trust
The Summerfield Charitable Trust was established by Ronald Summerfield, a Cheltenham antique dealer, shortly before his death in 1989.
During 2022 we paid 41 grants totalling £194,296 to a wide variety of good causes throughout Gloucestershire, ranging from small grants of £500, to larger grants of £30,000. Read More
Summerfield Charitable Trust Grant Strategy
Like many grant-giving Trusts, our income from investments has fallen, leaving less money for Summerfield to distribute. We want to ensure that the Summerfield Charitable Trust is able to continue to support good causes in the future, with its unique focus on Gloucestershire charities.
As the income we have to distribute to charities has been reduced, we have decided to have a particular focus to our grant giving and will be awarding a smaller than usual number of grants. We anticipate that most of our grants will be under £10,000, with only one or two larger grants per year. Please read the "What We Fund" section for more details.
The Summerfield Charitable Trust will no longer award an annual grant to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. The Summerfield Charitable Trust will also not accept applications from individual churches until further notice.
The first face to face Trustee meeting in 2021 held at Robinswood Hill Country Park owned by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
At the end of 2020 the Trust sadly had to bid farewell to James Millar who had been a committed and enthusiastic Trustee for the ten previous years.
Antonia Shield then joined the Summerfield Board in November 2020. Antonia is Managing Partner of BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham having previously spent 10 years heading up the firm’s large property team. Antonia has undertaken a wide range of commercial property work throughout her career including development and regeneration projects. Antonia did her first degree in Architectural History and she remains passionate about the built environment both historic and contemporary, enjoys art, antiques and gardening.
“After careful consideration The Trust are pleased to announce that we have moved our investments to Sarasin and Partners because the Trustees were impressed by their ethical policy”
Sarasin and Partners have an exclusionary ethical policy in place for the Summerfield Charitable Trust details of this policy can be found in the Sarasin Guide to Ethical Exclusions accessible via the Sarasin & Partners website.
You can read a summary of the policy on our news page by clicking here
Click on the video below to view a history of grants paid
The government (DCMS) has published a list of the 2021 Queens Award for Voluntary Services.
You can view the full list here
There were 6 awards to Gloucestershire charities:
Charlie's Community Support & Therapy Centre Supporting anyone affected by cancer in Gloucestershire including their families and carers.
Cotswold Friends Providing services to reduce loneliness and support independent living for older and at-risk people.
Gloucestershire Bundles Providing emergency assistance to families and individuals in crisis.
Mindsong Helping people with dementia to be creative, participate and live well through communal singing.
The Cotswold Canals Trust Regenerating a 36-mile canal corridor, engaging communities and reviving heritage and wildlife.
Warmley Men in Sheds Enabling social support to men at risk of loneliness while creating products for other communities.
These are all excellent charities and we all congratulate them on their deserved success.
The Music Works in Gloucester has just been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for promoting opportunity through social mobility”