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After a pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, trustees are accepting applications again.
Their next meeting will be held near the end of September.
A following meeting is planned for the end of November.

The criteria for what each Wainwright trust will fund have not changed.

However, there is a new, temporary application procedure that will be used for both the September and November meetings.

  • Stage 1 - please submit the updated application from for the AWRT HERE to register an interest in being considered for Stage 2. A full application is not required at this point.
  • Stage 2 - if trustees are interested in your proposal, they will ask you to submit a full application which should meet the detailed requirements explained in the How and when to apply section for the relevant trust.
    • the administrator will acknowledge receipt of your full application by email. If you don’t receive this acknowledgement, it’s likely your communication hasn’t been received and you are advised to contact the administrator again.
    • no further notification will be given, except to successful applicants. If you haven’t heard from the administrator by the end of September or November, as appropriate, you must assume your application was unsuccessful

For the meetings in September and November please ignore the application deadlines given in the How and when to apply section. The trusts wish to give you as much certainty as possible to enable you to plan your workflow and the following timetable will apply unless frustrated by further developments in the pandemic or government restrictions:

  • September meeting 2020
    • deadline for Stage 1 submissions – 21 August
    • invitations to submit in Stage 2 – 26 August
    • deadline for Stage 2 full applications – 4 September
  • November meeting 2020
    • deadline for Stage 1 submissions – 9 October
    • invitations to submit in Stage 2 – 14 October
    • deadline for Stage 2 full applications – 23 October

The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust Ltd takes its name from Andrew Wainwright, a lifelong campaigner for radical reform who taught at Hlekweni rural training centre in Zimababwe in 1970, a time when the movement for freedom and democracy was gathering strength. A small book of his diaries and letters from Hlekweni is available. He later campaigned for the freedom movements in South Africa, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau and other causes seeking improvements for those at disadvantage closer to home.

The Trust is a non-profit-making company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales No. 2608087.

It is run by seven trustees who are all members of the Wainwright family. They are:

  • Hugh Scott (Chair), former solicitor and trustee of Manningham Housing Association

  • Hilary Wainwright, author, co-editor of Red Pepper and Fellow of the Transnational Institute

  • Martin Wainwright, former Northern Editor of The Guardian

  • Penny Wainwright, author and museum trustee

  • Tessa Wainwright, teacher of English as a foreign language

Kerry McQuade is administrator for the Trust and the Scurrah Wainwright Charity.

The registered office is at Carlton House, Bull Close Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2EG.

The Trust's financial advisor and accountant is Peter Dyson of Bairstow & Atkinson, Halifax.

Investment is managed by Close Brothers Asset Management.