The mission of the Coutts Foundation is to support sustainable approaches to tackle the causes and consequences of poverty, focussing on the communities where Coutts has a presence. This mission builds on the legacy of Angela Burdett-Coutts, the grand-daughter of Thomas Coutts, who was a progressive 19th-century philanthropist concerned with breaking cycles of poverty and providing basic human needs. At this time the core focus of the Foundation is supporting women and girls in the UK.


We support

The Coutts Foundation makes significant commitments to a small number of organisations that reflect its mission. At this time the core focus of the Foundation is supporting women and girls in the UK.

  • Anawim is a Women's Centre based in Birmingham that provides a range of services for vulnerable women from across the city including community outreach and prison in-reach. It operates as a 'one-stop-shop', that enables women to transform their lives and those of their children.

    A grant of £90,000 over three years (£30k per annum) was approved in 2015.

    Visit Anawim

  • The End Violence Against Women Coalition is a policy and campaign organisation whose purpose is to lobby all levels of government, to improve policy and practice, and to influence public attitudes on violence against women and girls so that there is better understanding of its causes and consequences, and a better mandate for tackling it.

    A grant of £75,000 over three years (£25k per annum) was approved in 2015.

    Visit the End Violence Against Women Coalition

  • The Nelson Trust's Women's Centres are a valuable resource for both Gloucestershire and Wiltshire – a safe, women-only space where a wide range of problems related to offending, substance misuse, safety and well-being can be addressed in a warm and supportive environment.

    A grant of £90,000 over three years (£30k per annum) was approved in 2015.

    Visit the Nelson trust

  • Safe Lives is a national charity that works to transform the lives of those affected by domestic abuse in the UK. Its focus is to offer a combination of specialist support for women and children to stay safely in their homes. It also works to make the agencies (charities and government) involved in the sector work better together and implement more effective approaches to tackling domestic abuse.

    A grant of £90,000 over three years (£30k per annum) was approved in 2015.

    Visit Safe Lives

  • Southall Black Sisters is a grassroots black women's organisation founded in 1979. It empowers women and girls to escape gender based violence and assert their human rights. It runs a resource centre that provides information, advice, advocacy, counselling and support to women (and their children) experiencing violence. The charity also undertakes training and research work to tackle the underlying causes of violence in the community and create long term change by challenging harmful cultural practices.

    A grant of £120,000 over three years (£40k per annum) was approved in 2015.

    Visit Southall Black Sisters

  • WomenCentre provides holistic, one-stop services at centres in Huddersfield and Halifax and in the community. Its wide-ranging services include emotional and practical support on issues such as debt, benefits, mental or physical health, domestic violence, counselling, training and development and much more.

    A grant of £30,000 was approved in 2015.

    A further grant of £60,000 over two years (£30k per annum) was approved in 2016.

    Visit WomenCentre

  • Women for Refugee Women's vision is a society in which women's human rights are respected and in which they are safe from persecution. It works in three main ways: empowering refugee women to tell their own stories; influencing key audiences about the experiences of refugee women through working with media, arts and public events; and it seeks policy change by publishing research and influencing parliamentarians and relevant government departments.

    A grant of £75,000 over three years (£25k per annum) was approved in 2015.

    Visit Women for Refugee Women

  • Working Chance empowers women ex-offenders to become financially autonomous through employment. It is the UK's only recruitment consultancy for women with criminal convictions and provides a specialist employment service to both employers and to women in prison, on probation and out in the community and professional 1:1 coaching. Around 40% of the organisation's staff are either serving prisoners or ex-offenders.

    A grant of £105,000 over three years (£35k per annum) was approved in 2015.

    Visit Working Chance

  • The Living Wage Foundation is a project of Citizens UK. It plays the leading role in promoting the Living Wage across the UK. Since 2001, the campaign has impacted tens of thousands of employees and put £millions into the pockets of some of the lowest paid workers in the UK. Calculated according to the basic cost of living the living wage is £9.40 an hour in London and £8.25 outside of London. Employers choose to pay it on a voluntary basis.

    A grant of £150,000 over three years (£50k per annum) was approved in 2016.

    Visit the Living Wage Foundation

  • Sentebale supports orphans and vulnerable children in Africa, many of whom are affected by HIV/AIDS. Through education and psychosocial support, it gives them the tools they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

    A grant of £20,000 was approved in 2016.

    Visit Sentebale

  • Based in Tower Hamlets, City Gateway works with the most disadvantaged and hardest to reach young people from across London. It runs programmes designed to provide the skills and qualifications these young people need to re-engage with education and employment and bring the hope of a brighter future back to young Londoners with the most to gain and the most to lose.

    The Coutts Foundation awarded £10,000 in 2014 to support the apprenticeship support programme for disadvantaged young people.

    A further grant of £10,000 was approved in 2016.

    Visit City Gateway

  • Water.org provides innovative, market-based solutions that change lives every day through safe water and sanitation. 663 million people around the world lack access to safe water; 9% of the world’s population.

    In June 2015 Coutts Foundation approved a grant of £250k over 3 years to Water.org to help launch its WaterCredit programme in Indonesia – working with local microfinance partners to provide people living in poverty access to affordable financial products to meet their water and sanitation needs.

    Visit Water.org

  • Ensuring people are meeting their needs for affordable warmth and other energy services is central to their well-being and to growing sustainable energy. One in four households in the UK are estimated to be struggling with their energy bills – with rising costs of living threatening to drag even more people further into fuel poverty. Through support to the Ashden Trust, we shine a light on successful initiatives designed to tackle fuel poverty.

    A grant of £30,000 was approved in 2014 to help fund the Ashden Award for Outstanding Achievement in reducing Fuel Poverty throughout the UK.

    A further grant of £40,000 was approved in 2015.

    Visit the Ashden Trust

  • Mother’s Choice was founded in 1987 by a small group of people concerned with the plight of Hong Kong’s teenagers and their family coping with crisis pregnancy. Today, Mother’s Choice continues to impact the lives of thousands in the community through five core initiatives – Pregnant Girls Services, Child Care Home, Adoption Services, Foster Care Services, and Advocacy & Community Education. Their vision is that no girl or baby is left alone in Hong Kong.

    In 2014, the Coutts Foundation awarded £300,000 (£100,000 per annum for 3 years) to Mother’s Choice for an innovative program called Project Bridge that connects nurturing volunteer families to children with special needs who are awaiting loving, stable and permanent families.  

    Visit Mother's Choice

  • UnLtd is a leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, resourcing hundreds of individuals each year through its core awards programme. It operates a model of investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources: from Awards of funding from £5k-£15k, to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.

    In 2014 the Coutts Foundation committed £250,000 towards a programme designed to support social entrepreneurs active in the fields of ageing and social care.

    Visit UnLtd

  • Toynbee Hall is a community organisation that pioneers ways to reduce poverty and disadvantage in the East End of London. It gives some of the country’s most deprived communities a voice, providing access to free advice and support services and working with them to tackle social injustice. Henrietta Barnett, who co-founded Toynbee Hall with her husband Samuel Barnett in 1884, worked with Angela Burdett-Coutts on assisting poor children in London.

    In 2014 the Coutts Foundation pledged £250,000 to support the redevelopment of Toynbee Hall’s premises and to part fund the post of Innovative Solutions Manager over 3 years.

    Visit Toynbee Hall

  • LIEN AID was established in Singapore in 2006. Since its formation, it has improved access to clean water and sanitation for over 450,000 people through hospitals, schools and directly into villages in China and Cambodia. The Gift of Water Project is designed to improve access to safe water in eight villages in China. It does so by equipping and empowering Village Management Trainees who reside in villages with high levels of poverty with the knowledge and skills to improve access to safe water benefitting up to 15,000 people.

    In 2014, the Coutts Foundation awarded SGD$200,000 (approximately £96,500) to support the Gift of Water project.

    Visit Lien Aid

  • The Ranthambhore Foundation (RF) based in Rajasthan, India, is building toilets in 19 schools and providing hygiene education in 40 schools impacting 6,000 children, particularly girls. Located in one of India’s leading tiger reserves, the RF was primarily established to work on wildlife and environment protection by engaging the local community in education and protection. Building on their strong relationship with the schools, RF was asked by the community to assist with sanitation facilities and hygiene education.

    A grant of £44,500 over three years (£34,500 in year 1 and £5k in year 2 & in year 3) to help build toilets and provide hygiene education in schools in India was approved in 2014.

    Visit the Ranthambhore Foundation


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The Board of the Coutts Foundation includes our staff and other highly experienced individuals who strongly identify with the Foundation’s mission and approach. The Board is supported by a team from Coutts to manage its governance and grant-making operations.

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The Coutts Foundation adopts a proactive approach to its philanthropy and in its identification of organisations to support. It is especially interested in organisations that are developing innovative solutions and/or those whose successful work has the potential to be scaled up.

At this stage, the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding. However, if you wish to bring information about your organisation or programmes that fit with our funding priorities to our attention, please complete the information submission form and either email it to us or post it to:

Kay Boland,
Coutts Foundation,
440 Strand,
London WC2R 0QS

The Coutts Foundation will be in touch if we would like to learn more about your organisation.

Thank you for your interest in the Coutts Foundation.


The Coutts Foundation is an independent charity registered in England and Wales. Registered charity number: 1150784.

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