The Wainwright family runs two trusts, one charitable, one non-charitable. The trusts are based on the family's traditions of liberal values and support for the socially disempowered. The trustees are all family members, based in West Yorkshire.


Owing to the situation created by Covid-19, trustees are cancelling their July meeting.
The May application deadline is therefore also cancelled.

A contribution has been made to Yorkshire-wide support for charities during the crisis.

Trustees hope to meet again in late September and again in November.
Further details will be posted here when they are known.

The SWC supports a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequity. Trustees give priority to applicants working in the Yorkshire region, and also have an interest in southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe. Find out more


The AWRT is not a charitable trust, but a non-profit-making limited company. This means the Trust prioritises grants for political and pressure group work that a registered charity could not support. The AWRT has a wide-ranging remit, striving for a just and democratic society, redressing political and social injustices. Find out more

Please note there are now application registration forms for both trusts

Founder Trustees
Richard Wainwright died on 16 January 2003. Click here for a catalogue of Richard’s papers.
Joyce Wainwright died on 4 February 2011. Click here for more details.
Roy Bhaskar died on 19 November 2014. Click here for Roy's obituary

Wrong Wainwright Trust? If you are looking for the The David Wainwright Equal Opportunity Development Trust,
which promotes equality of opportunity and diversity in the workplace, click here to go to their website.