About Cygnus Trust

Who are we?

The Cygnus Trust is a small charity, making grants and donations to other charities or voluntary organisations.

Based in Leytonstone, East London, the charity has been established to support the local community and organisations within Waltham Forest, Newham and Redbridge.

Cygnus received charitable status in September 2010 and has adopted the Charitable Associations Model Constitution for small charities.

The charitable objective of Cygnus is "the prevention or relief of poverty for the public benefit". The Charity fulfils its objectives by the provision of grants and donations to groups and charities or other organisations working for public benefit.

Who can benefit?

  • Organisations within the geographic boundaries outlined above
  • Preference is given to organisations registered as charities
  • Other organisations who show a clear charitable purpose and are properly constituted as a non-profit making organisation
  • Small projects requiring a measure of self help or voluntary input

What is funded?

Cygnus hopes to support a wide number of organisations such as:

  • the disadvantaged
  • people with disabilities
  • environmental organisations
  • educational establishments
  • community projects
Funding will only be considered from groups or organisations and not individual/personal applications.

How much can be funded?

As a modest charitable establishment, Cygnus does not expect to have significant financial resources. Funds will be raised through charitable events organised by the trustees and associates of Cygnus. It is unlikely that all applications within a given year will be successful but Cygnus will offer a fair and considered assessment for all cases. Funding up to £1000 per application will be considered.

How can I apply?

Applications must be made in writing. Forms can be downloaded from our website or obtained from the Charity Secretary, email: secretary@cygnustrust.org. All applications should describe the specific purpose for the funding, full cost of proposal, details of other sources of funding and audited accounts (where applicable).

A follow up document will be required, detailing how the funds have been used. Documentary evidence, receipts for money spent and photographs may be required. An inspection from Trustees may also be made within six months of funding.

Applications can be made at any time, we aim to give a decision within 56 days of application.

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