About us

About Us

About the Trust

Simon Gibson, who farmed near Newmarket, established the Trust in 1975 to provide grants for good causes in South Wales, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Simon’s wealth was inherited via his great uncle, William James Tatem, who later became the first Lord Glanely, founder of the Atlantic Shipping and Trading Company.

Grant Dispersals

In the Spring of each year the Trustees meet to agree dispersals. Grants range from £1,000 to £ 20,000, the typical grant being £3,000-£5,000.

Charity Registration

The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registration No. 269501).

Our Story

Simon Gibson's Philanthropic Journey

A humble philanthropist, Simon made it his life’s work to improve the livelihoods of those less fortunate than himself; in recognition of his charitable work, Simon was made a CBE. He died in 2022 at the age of 94, and with no children of his own he has left the majority of his fortune to the Simon Gibson Charitable Trust.


Apply for Funding

If you meet the Trusts eligibility criteria we would be pleased to hear from you. Please note that only applications submitted between 1st January and 31st March each year will be considered. Please complete our online application form here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Regrettably we cannot discuss enquiries or projects prior to application.

You will be contacted directly by 31st July of that year. If you have not heard by that time, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to respond to those we will be funding. We cannot give detailed feedback to those who are unsuccessful.

Please keep your application relevant and succinct, following the word count guide shown in the application form where stated. Please ensure all sections are completed.

The Trustees meet in Spring of each year to review all applications. Those that are successful are subsequently contacted for bank details. Further information may be required for ID purposes on occasion. Please ensure you inform us of any change in contact details after the application has been submitted.

We reserve the right to ask for references or speak to other funders about your organisation.

Not necessarily. If the trustees do not feel they can grant the full sum requested, they may give a smaller amount to help your work with the hope that additional funding will be secured from other sources.

If we have any specific reporting requirements relating to your organisation we will ask you directly, otherwise there are no reporting requirements.