Other areas of work

Here you can find information about specific projects, partnerships or pieces of work which lie outside our normal grant making.

Tudor’s Africa Group

Tudor’s reactive grant making focuses solely on work within the UK, but we do also work proactively in sub-Saharan Africa. Tudor has, for some time, been running a targeted grants programme supporting ecological agriculture in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda. This programme is led by our Africa Group – a special interest group made up of trustees and staff. The focus is on strengthening sustainable agriculture networks and resourcing centres of good practice and farmer-to-farmer learning. This group is assisted by a consultant based in Zimbabwe.

As part of this programme 25 partners based in Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe receive long term core operational and running costs support, alongside some capacity building support and funding for exchange visits. Tudor then also provides funding and support for collaborative and strategic projects that emerge from the work of local groups on the ground and further the agroecology movement.

We do not accept unsolicited applications from groups working in sub-Saharan Africa.

Age Activism: strengthening the skills, confidence and community of older change makers

For some years Tudor, along with a number of other trusts and foundations, has found grant making within the older people’s sector challenging. We’ve been asking whether there is a need to develop more direct ways of promoting the interests of older people in sectors including housing, social care, poverty and mental health. How can older people’s voices be heard and valued? And perhaps most importantly, how can older people themselves be encouraged to have the confidence to speak out about their experiences and bring about change and improvement.

In an attempt to find answers to these questions and suggest a way forward we have worked with Jane Scobie, a Clore Older People’s Fellow and an expert in the field of older people and activism. Jane’s report Age Activism: Strengthening the skills, confidence and community of older change-makers is intended to help us and others to think through how we might encourage and support activism in later life.

LocalMotion: a shared ambition for local change

The circumstances facing communities and charities across the country are increasingly difficult. The long-term and continuing squeeze on funding to local government and for local services against a backdrop of long-established regional differences, has left charities – themselves resource constrained – increasingly having to pick up the pieces. As independent funders we have been investing and supporting charities to survive and adapt for a number of years but we know that there is more we should do to support and boost the potential of people and communities, and crucially to do so through a place-based approach. We have therefore come together “To use our collective experience and resources to support local people to address social, environmental and economic priorities selected and driven locally and derive as much learning as possible from that process”

As six funders we are keen to understand how to be more effective collectively in supporting issues facing communities across the UK and how this might change practice. We know we don’t have the answers, and we know the risks of top down imposed approaches – especially if they’re led by funders - so we think the only way this can be achieved is by working with local partners who are working in or want to find solutions to the social and environmental issues on their doorstep.

To help us progress this work, Kathleen Kelly has been appointed Director of Collaboration for LocalMotion to help us establish where and how we might create a new approach to supporting disenfranchised communities in a more radical, joined-up way. This will be done through co-design with potential communities to develop a new approach or set of proposals. This will involve scoping and implementation of the proposals, but also in ‘holding’ and supporting the relationship between the six foundations.

The six funders are:

Kathleen Kelly will work with the 6 foundations to test our assumptions to date, seek out local partners and help us understand how, by working together we can best build new or support existing local programmes. Over the next 12-18 months we will develop a set of proposals that we will consider and assess against two key questions:

By working more closely together can we better use our collective resources, experience and strengths to make a greater difference locally?
Does this way of working challenge current foundation practice more broadly?

Subject to this work the expectation is that the six funders would then consider the case for providing substantive resources and making a longer-term commitment.

Survey of applicants and grant holders: Autumn 2014

In 2014 Tudor commissioned nfpSynergy to survey a mixture of grant holders and unsuccessful applicants to get a sense of their understanding and perceptions of the Tudor Trust and their views on what we do well and where we need to improve. We sent out 2,800 invitations to take part in the survey and nfpSynergy received 820 responses: 371 from grant holders and 449 from unsuccessful applicants, a response rate of 29%.

If you would like to read the survey report you can find it here.