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The Peter Sowerby Foundation supports charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers. We do this by providing grants towards projects in healthcare, the community, environment and conservation, and the arts.

In terms of geography, we largely support UK-wide projects, but have occasionally provided grants to international ventures. Our Trustees are particularly interested in supporting projects in Dr Sowerby’s much-loved home of North Yorkshire.

Since it was established in 2013, the Foundation has awarded a total of £10 million by way of 89 grants to 63 organisations.

The case studies below are just a selection of the grants that the Foundation has made. We have enjoyed working in partnership with these organisations over the years and witnessing the impact of our grants.

Choose a theme to see the organisations we have funded and the work they’re doing.

Themes:
Community and environment

AESOP

AESOP (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose), which trains professional dancers to deliver routines designed to prevent falls among the elderly. 

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Community and environment

Yorkshire Arboretum

Yorkshire Arboretum is a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds is the backdrop for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world

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Community and environment

Shared Assets

Shared Assets believe that land is a common good that should deliver shared benefits for everyone. They've created a free-to-use map-based platform that will help people who are trying to use land for the common good.

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Community and environment

Goathland Community Hub

A grant of £16,960 completed fit out of the heritage and library facilities at the community hub and sports pavilion in Goathland. We hope the project is benefiting local residents and visitors interested in Goathland and its culture, with naming rights offered to Dr Peter Sowerby in perpetuity. 

 

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Community and environment

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Foundation has renewed the Ann Sowerby fellowship for Dr Hauke Koch, with a grant of £223,790 over three years to continue Kew’s influential studies into the effect of plant chemicals in nectar and pollen on bees.

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Community and environment

Hospice UK

Hospice UK works to ensure all adults and children living with a terminal or life-shortening illness receive the care and support they need, when they need it.

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