The John Jarrold Trust was set up in 1965 by the then Chairman John Jarrold. It was established with the object of promoting, supporting and advancing charitable purposes of all kinds. It is a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The Trust's income is derived from dividends from its shareholding in Jarrold & Sons Ltd.

The Trust supports a wide range of organisations and most charitable applications which are sent to Jarrolds are referred to the Trust. The Trust supports causes in the following categories: welfare and community, the arts, education, medical research (this is currently focused on research being undertaken at the UEA and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital), churches and historic buildings, the environment and developing countries. Apart from developing countries nearly all of the support relates to causes in Norwich and Norfolk, with a current focus on Norwich, Wymondham and Cromer areas.

The Trust is not able to support individual education programmes or support needs. At present it does not support gap year type projects. With regard to projects in developing countries, the Trust has long-standing relationships with several charities which operate overseas and does not accept applications from new charities unless there is some specific connection to Norwich and Norfolk.

The Trust supports historic churches in Norfolk through the Norfolk Churches Trust to which it gives regular donations. The Trustees do not consider applications from individual churches.

Since its establishment, the Trust has distributed over £4million mostly within Norwich and Norfolk.

How to apply

The Trustees meet in January and June each year to review applications. Cut off dates for inclusion on the list for consideration are the end of November and end of April respectively.

The Trust does not have application forms. Organisations interested in applying for grants are asked to provide information about the project including financial information and a set of their most recent accounts, where available. They should also confirm that they have safeguarding policies in place and either provide a copy or url link to them.

It is preferable that submissions are made by post. Please do not send large packs of information in the first instance and provide an email address for acknowledgement of receipt of the application. Applications should also include an email address for responses and details of the bank account name to which any cheques should be made payable if the application is successful.

Please note that applications which meet the Trust’s criteria will be acknowledged and successful applicants will be advised by the end of the month following the meeting. If an application is unsuccessful, applicants will not be advised.

Applications from organisations or for projects which do not fit the categories considered by the Trustees will not be acknowledged.

A list of the successful applicants will be published on the website within one month of the meeting.

Applications should be sent to:

Caroline Jarrold, Secretary, The John Jarrold Trust, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1SH.

Telephone: 01603 677353
Charity number: 242029