The Annington Trust
The Annington Trust was set up in 1996 when the Married Quarters Estate was purchased by Annington. It was one of a number of measures taken by the company to demonstrate its commitment to families living in Services' communities.
A capital sum of £450,000 was contributed by those involved in the purchase of the Estate, and the Trust was established to support various activities and projects in Services' communities. Income from invested capital is used to make grants to successful applicants. In addition, the Board of Annington Holdings Plc committed a further £50,000 per year for three years to the Trust, to ensure that its work was not affected by economic difficulties.
The Trustees include both executive and non-executive directors of Annington, headed by Elizabeth Filkin, who has a long background in family matters and housing (Trust Chairman). The Chairpersons of the Army Families Federation and RAF Families Federation are all valued Trustees, ensuring the important input of current Service families. James Hopkins, Chief Executive of Annington, who previously served in the Army, is also a Trustee.
The Annington Trust has made grants to a wide variety of projects for the benefit of families living in Services' communities. These have included support for contact houses, crèches, pre-schools, youth clubs, community centres, libraries and music groups. Donations range in size depending on the nature of the request - further information on the type of projects supported can be found on the Community Projects page.
How to apply
The Trustees will only consider applications supported by full detail of costings and by a letter of support from the Base Commander. Even where applications have been prepared by Community Development Workers, such a letter of support from the chain of command must be provided.
The Trustees expect to see real evidence of self-help and fundraising by those who benefit by a project. They are unlikely to support applications where public funding is available, although they may consider joint funding where public funds are restricted. Above all, the Trustees are anxious to help projects and activities that make life better for those living in Services' communities. The quality and detail of your application will help them to help you. Please provide as much information on your application form as possible and remember to use the Check List provided, before submitting.
N.B. The Annington Trust is governed by the rules of The Charities Commission.