Community Projects

The Morris Charitable Trust funds general charitable causes, primarily based within the London Borough of Islington and some other specially selected projects. Charitable activities that alleviate social deprivation and hardship, promote education, community harmony, health and well-being and that help disadvantaged young people, adults and senior citizens are some examples of the criteria The Morris Charitable Trust looks for when considering applications. However, this list is not exhaustive and you should visit our projects page for a sample of supported projects.

Projects must generally be registered with The Charity Commission to be considered for applications. Grants can vary between hundreds and several thousands of pounds at the discretion of the Trustees. Occasionally the Trust makes major donations for local projects which it considers to be particularly worthy of support. The Trustees consider very carefully how the Trust’s donations will make a real difference to the charity or project applying. Only a limited number of selected charities are chosen for support each year.

The Morris Charitable Trust made a substantial donation to Thornhill Primary School in Islington. The funds contributed to the complete refurbishment of their early years teaching space. This included a complete transformation of the entire area into a bright, airy and well thought-out, zoned learning environment. The toilet area was also totally transformed making the facilities more appropriate and accessible for the children.

Other Community Projects

Islington Giving

In 2010, a group of Islington charitable trusts, including the Morris Charitable Trust, came together to form a unique and powerful partnership in Islington Giving. Islington Giving has grown into a network of local people, businesses, funders and charities that work together to change lives for good.

Islington is full of opportunity, but life is tough for many residents, facing inequality, poor mental health, financial difficulty and loneliness. Islington Giving works closely with inspiring local people and organisations, knowing that together we can improve the lives of every resident. Everybody’s contribution matters and anyone can give.

Since founded in 2010, they have built a great track-record of making positive things happen. Each year, thousands of local people take part in change-making activities made possible by the generosity of people who care about Islington. By working with inspiring local partners, they have reached over 30,000 residents, and enjoined the support of more than 8,000 volunteers. This has inspired 20 other boroughs to get giving, starting the growing ‘London’s Giving’ movement.

Islington Giving helps by Investing in Young People, Supporting Families, and Reaching Isolated People. For further information visit

Further Community Projects

Ben Kinsella Trust

One of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, set up following the tragic murder of Ben Kinsella in 2008. Their vision is of a society where no family or community suffers the loss of a life to knife crime.

London Village Network

LVN is a grassroots organisation set up in 2014.  LVN brings components of the village together to make a change to the lives of vulnerable young people. They help professionals volunteer one hour of time to inspire young people.


Our grants enable the advancement of education in schools and other community learning settings.


We fund projects supporting those in need of services or resources they may otherwise not receive.


The trust aims to help causes that enhance the enjoyment of the lives of those who are sick or elderly.


We improve the financial circumstances of worthwhile causes for the benefit of community groups.

Apply for funding

Make a difference to lives in your community and apply for funding from the Morris Charitable Trust. Projects must generally be registered with The Charity Commission to be considered for applications.