Trustees’ meeting July 2020

All systems go on our new way of working.  Trustee meetings are now held electronically, and the new database is working efficiently to receive and process applications.

The Trustees are trying to prioritise applications that are considered urgent due to the impact of Covid-19 as much as is possible.

At this meeting the Trustees considered 27 grants in the David Gibbons Foundation, and awarded £29,000.  This was mainly to organisations, 3 in East Devon and the rest spread across Devon.  4 grants were made to assist individuals.

The Gibbons Family Trust awarded 21 out of a possible 26 grants, and for the 1st time ever all grants were made to Devon recipients and none to Thanet.  Several applications were deferred until life returns to a more normal environment.


January 2020 Trustee’ meeting

In the David Gibbons Foundation 25 applications were received for £30,900 that was available for distribution.  Of course not all requests can be met, and unfortunately 3 applicants were not successful.  Of the 22 grants made, £3759 was awarded to 6 individuals and £27,141 to 16 organisations.  The largest grant was for £4,000 to a well known local cancer charity, and the smallest was for £250 to an individual for help to buy a mobility scooter.   East Devon is always prioritised and this received £8,632 at the meeting.

The Gibbons Family Trust awarded £23,600 to 17 successful applicants (1 was rejected).  The smallest grant was for £160 to a child for play therapy sessions, whilst a Devon charity that runs outward bound courses for disadvantaged local young people received the highest grant.  £6,460 was awarded to Thanet and £3,418 remained in East Devon.

The next meeting will be at the end of April 2020 and applications will be received up until the 31st March for that meeting.

Autumn 2019 meeting

The October meeting considered 50 applications for both Trusts, these applications were asking for total grants of just over £133,000.  With £57,000 to give away the Trustees had some difficult decisions to make.

The David Gibbons Foundation awarded £32,582 in 21 grants now + 1 pledge for 2020. This Trust priorities East Devon and £5,815 of the total awarded will remain in this area.  2 of the largest grants went to Exeter charities Turntable and Food Cycle, the Trustees particularly like the way these charities combine recycling with community interests, helping those in desperate financial need, and opportunities for qualifications and skills for those whose futures might otherwise be bleaker.

The Gibbons Family Trust distributed £24,750, of which £8,000 was for charities working in Thanet, or Devon & Thanet.  17 grants were awarded in total, including to 3 individuals.  The largest grant went to a Charity in Thanet that works with women and their children escaping domestic abuse.

Meeting held on the 30th July 2019

At this meeting the Gibbons Family Trust gave away £22,000, the maximum amount it was able to distribute.  This was split between 15 successful applicants (5 unsuccessful), being 4 individuals and 11 organisations.  The amount given to East Devon was unusually high, £8,400, due to some strong local applications for organisations working with small children.  Thanet received £4,000 out of the £19,100 given to groups.

The David Gibbons Foundation distributed £30,350 by way of 23 grants.  5 individuals received £2,850 between them, whilst organisations benefited by way of £27,500.  There were 3 unsuccessful applicants.  £8,250 of the total will be remaining in East Devon.  The largest grant was to the Budleigh Hub to assist with the purchase of a new vehicle so that clients can attend the Hub.

The next meeting will be held late October 2019, and the cut off date for applications will be the 30th September.  Please do not leave your application until the last minute!

April 2019 meeting

One of the busiest ever meetings for the Trusts, with both Trusts being more oversubscribed than usual.   Unfortunately this means more rejections, or applicants receiving less than applied for.

The Foundation considered 32 applications, and awarded 29 of these.  This amounted to £32,508 in total, which breaks down into £4,758 for 9 individual applicants and £27,750 to organisations.

The Family Trust made 14 grants, all to organisations.  There was an unusually small amount of applicants from the East Devon area and only £1,000 was awarded here.  There were 6 rejections, the highest number for some time.  £17,150 was the total amount given away, of which £6,400 went to Thanet.

The next meeting will be held at the end of July 2019, and the cut off date for applications is the 30th June.

Trustees’ meeting January 2019

At the recent meeting the Trustees grants in the David Gibbons Foundation amounting to £31,127, plus a pledge of £3,000.  For the first time ever there were no rejections.  An unusually high amount was awarded to East Devon – £14,950 (including the pledge).      The largest grant made was to FORCE for their East Devon exercise programme for patients. 4 individuals received grants totalling £2,050.

The Gibbons Family Trust made grants of £22,750 in total.  This was split between £1,250 to individuals, and £21,500 to organisations.  Of the latter £1,250 was for East Devon, and £11,000 was for the Isle of Thanet, which was a higher amount than usual due to some recent publicity for the Trust in Thanet.

The next meeting will be held at the end of April 2019.  Please ensure that all applications are sent by post to the office by the 31st March to be in good time for this meeting.

Grants meeting on the 16th October 2018

The autumn meeting was a little quieter than the last.

In the Foundation 22 grants were awarded, totaling £28,884.   4 rejections were made.  Very unusually none of the successful recipients were from East Devon, this is something the Trustees will monitor going forward.   The largest grant was for £4,000 to a Devon carer’s charity, whilst the smallest was for just £170 to a couple for the purchase of an oven.  The average size grant from the meeting was £1,313.

The Family Trust awarded grants of £21,530 in total.  Of this £4,500 was for Thanet, £3,050 was for East Devon, and £750 was to a charity operating in both areas.  4 young individuals were assisted by way of grants amounting to £2,750.  The average size grant across the board was £1,346.  There were no rejections, but 2 charities were moved across to the Foundation, whose criteria fell under the remit of both Trusts.

Changes in grant payments

At their July meeting the Trustees agreed some changes to the way grants will be paid.  The use of cheques is to be phased out across all types of applicant now where possible,  (whereas previously only Charities and Organisations were receiving BACs payments).  This change is due to the proportionately high number of cheques being lost in the post.

Please see the pages on ‘how to apply’ for more details.

Trustees’ meeting 17th July 2018

The Trustees had a successful July meeting.

In the Foundation 30 applications were considered.  Of these 24 received a grant, being 6 individuals and 18 not-for-profit organisations.   East Devon charities received £4,500 of the total amount given away, which was £29,488.

In the Family Trust only 18 applications were reviewed but of these 15 were successful.   Thanet organisations received £2,250 and another £3,000 was given to charities working in both Devon and Thanet.  Both the smallest and the largest grants went to Thanet – £500 and £2,250.  East Devon benefitted from grants worth £5,900.

Applications are now welcome for the October 2018 meeting.