The Hilden Charitable



Trustees will shortly announce the next opening and closing dates for grant making. Please do not submit an application at this time. Updates will be available shortly on the website. 

How we hope Hilden can help your project

We write as the COVID-19 is still affecting all of us with the insecurity that it brings. The Hilden Charitable Fund intends to work as best as it can, to award grants to projects in need within our criteria. Hilden is a small trust, so we cannot respond to immediate needs. We have a limited budget. 

Grant Aid

We want to ensure our small grants can help projects with their everyday costs, and support their projects post corona.

Grant Enquiries

Rodney Hedley has retired from the fund after many years of service. Any enquiries about grants and work of the fund should be made to the office in the first instance (Catherine Sotto, Office Manager,

Application Deadlines

We accept applications at any time. It usually takes us between 3-5 months to process applications, depending on the phase in the cycle when you apply

Do you meet our guidelines?

Please read our guidelines carefully. If your project does not meet our guidelines, you should not apply and the online filters we have designed ensure we do not waste your time, nor ours.

As Always

Any questions please contact the Hilden office on 0207 603 1525, or send an email to

Our New Director


We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Director, Ciaran Rafferty who starts in his role on Monday, 4th October 2021. 


Ciaran joins us from The City Bridge Trust where he held a senior position, recommending over £85m in grants during his time there. He oversaw the development of the Trust’s successful Small Grants programme as well as a number of strategic programmes in partnership with other Foundations.  


Ciaran has held voluntary positions on the Board of London Funders and on the BBC Children in Need Grants Committee, and is currently a voluntary advisor to a community organisation.  

Before becoming a grant-giver, Ciaran managed a number of charities and Hilden will greatly benefit from his first hand grass-roots experience. His commitment to small charities, flexible funding and working in partnership will bring valuable new opportunities to Hilden and help us to have an even greater impact moving forward.  


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