What we do

Carnegie UK Trust seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland through influencing public policy and demonstrating innovative practice. 

These two workstreams are carried out by the following teams: 

  • The Policy Team whose work can be found in the Changing Minds area of the website
  • The Practice Team whose work can be found in the Changing Lives area of the website

Our interests and values are communicated succinctly in our Characteristics.  For a more detailed overview of our current work, please see our five year Strategic Plan.  We also regularly produce a Current Work and Future Directions leaflet which has specific details on current projects.  The most recent version was produced in March 2014 and is available here.

Our Approach

The remit of the Trust has been the same since we began in 1913, although our approach has changed over time. In the past, the Trust was involved in supporting communities and voluntary action particularly through funding for libraries, village halls, national parks, youth projects, community development, the arts and the environment.

There was an increasing concern that our model of short-term funding, prevalent across the foundation world, had not been an effective way of addressing changing issues and needs.  The Strategic Plan (PDF) for 2011-2015 outlines that we are an operating Trust that makes effective and active decisions about the work plans.  We no longer take unsolicited grant applications, but seek to build partnerships with other organisations for specific pieces of work. 
Centenary 2013
The Trust celebrated its centenary in 2013.  To find out more about the special projects undertaken in 2013, and to explore our interactive timeline, visit the centenary website here.

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Centenary Film
View our centenary film (8 minutes) click here.