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The GC Gibson Charitable Trust has helped more than 1,000 small and medium sized charities since the 1970s

News from February 2016

2015 highlights

We gave grants of £596,000 to 185 charities last year.

We had 460 applications to our online submission programme in August

We gave £37,000 to 12 of the online applicants. We would love to do more but do not have the resources.

We lent £50,000 to kick start United World Schools www.unitedworldschools.org Transforming 50,000 Lives campaign - To date this has raised nearly £900,000.

 

 

News from August 2015

CLOSING EARLY

Due to a huge number of applications coming in for what will be no more than 8 grants we have decided we will close our online process on Thursday this week the 20th August at noon. We are sorry for anyone who feels they have missed an opportunity but your chance of success is very low. Please remember most of our funds are already committed to charities we have supported for many years.

News from July 2015

Submission Criteria 2015

The online application process for The G C Gibson Charitable Trust opens today.

Application this year will be for 8 grants of £4000. We wish to support capital equipment purchases or building refurbishment which provide benefit to the aged or the disadvantaged or disabled. Ideally we can be used for matched funding to unlock further funds. Last year we had over 500 applications and gave 10 grants. We will give priority to smaller charities and we only want a maximum of one page applications. If we want more information we will contact you. You will be informed in mid to late September of our decisions. Please do not chase us.

News from June 2012

Welcome to the new website

The Trustees of the GC Gibson charitable trust are moving into the modern age and intend to do everything on line. We have asked charities we support to send us their bank details. If you are new to us please use our submit form to make contact. We are sorry to say that we will no longer respond to letters or phone calls. This will save charities money and we hope to reduce our costs by £8,000 which will be available for grants in future.

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Who we are

The GC Gibson Charitable trust was established in 1968 by George Gibson by a grant of shares in his shipping business, based in Cardiff, called Atlantic Shipping. The fund today is worth £12 million and invests in quoted equities aiming to grow its capital and yet provide a income which is paid out annually in small grants to around 200 charities. Support is mainly for small and medium sized charities operating in the UK. The trustees are the grandchildren of George. All engage closely with charity. Funding is often provided for many years and the trustees put no restrictions on expenditure. Each year a few appeals are supported and new charities introduced.

Who we help

The GC Gibson Charity offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to a wide range of charities. The trustees are all highly involved in various philanthropic activities and priority for support is given to charities that the trustees have previously worked with. However, the trust adds few new charities each year.

For these new applications, we now focus on a particular theme for projects that changes from year to year. This ensures we help a help a diverse range of charities. To see what our current focus is, and to begin the application process, please see the How to apply section below.

Our History

George C Gibson was the nephew of the Welsh ship owner William James Tatem (1868–1942). Tatem was born at Appledore, North Devon, ran away to sea, suffered shipwreck and yellow fever before settling down in Cardiff in 1886 as a clerk with the tramp steamer owners Anning Bros. By 1897 he had sufficient funds to set up in business on his own and order the tramp steamer Lady Lewis in the name of the Lady Lewis Steamship Co. Ltd. Tatem’s business prospered; by 1900 he had 6 steamers and in 1903 there were 13 ships in his fleet. He was killed by a bomb in 1943 and George Gibson took over the business. It still exists today.

How to apply

Application is only by this online form, which is open yearly from 1st August to a date in September. Update Tuesday 18th August – CLOSING EARLY on THURSDAY 20th August see news item. To help a wide range of charitable activities, we change the focus of our support every year. Please make sure your project falls within the criteria below before applying.

Focus for 2015

Application this year will be for 8 grants of £4000. We wish to support capital equipment purchases or building refurbishment which provide benefit to the aged or the disadvantaged or disabled. Ideally we can be used for matched funding to unlock further funds. Last year we had over 500 applications and gave 10 grants. We will give priority to smaller charities and we only want a maximum of one page applications. If we want more information we will contact you. You will be informed in mid to late September of our decisions. Please do not chase us.

General Criteria

  • Charities must be UK registered but can operate anywhere in the world.
  • We prefer smaller charities where the impact of our money will not get lost and will influence the lives of many.
  • If your charity has already received support from the trust, we will contact you directly. You should not reapply here.

Contact

You can contact us by email only on enquiries@gcgct.org WE DO NOT RESPOND TO OR ACKNOWLEDGE LETTERS – Sorry!

Complete the form below keeping the descriptions short and simple.

Step 1 of 3 · Contact information
Step 2 of 3 · Charity information
Step 3 of 3 · Grant information What is 2 plus 5? 

N.B. Applications are now closed.
They will reopen on 1 August 2016