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The economic impact of COVID-19 has had  a significant negative impact on the income of the Trust and the trustees are not currently accepting applications for funding. They are making a few discretionary donations to causes they have previously supported in the local area. Potential applicants are asked not to make submissions until invited to do so. Further updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

About the trust

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 mostly derived from dividends from its shareholding in Jarrold & Sons Ltd.

The Trust supports a wide range of organisations and most charitable applications for funding which are sent to Jarrold 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 £4 million mostly within Norwich and Norfolk.

Charity number: 242029