The Isabel Ward (York) Charitable Trust

The Trust (previously known as The Micklegate, York Charitable Trust) began in 1566 when Dame Isabella Ward, the last Prioress of Clementhorpe Nunnery, gifted Jacob’s Well on Trinity Lane to the Trustees to provide relief for the poor on All Souls’ Day each year.

Today, the Trust uses its funds to benefit people who live in the city of York, who are facing hardship or distress.

The grants are small and are given for purposes depending on the needs of each person wanting help.

Grants are not given to help with bankruptcy or school fees.


Last updated on 5 May 2020

Who is eligible?

People resident in the city of York area, who are in need, hardship or distress.

Grants are not given to help with bankruptcy or school fees.

How to apply?

Contact the charity via letter or email to the contact address below.

Individuals/family members can apply directly or organisations can apply on behalf of individuals in need. 

Application process

The Trustees make decisions about funding four times a year.

Grant requests take about 1-2 months to process on average.

The Charity replies to all applicants, whether or not it can help.

Contact details

The Cottage
220 Mount Vale
YO24 1DL

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