About us

The JG Graves Charitable Trust is a grant-making body established by John George Graves in 1930. Today, the Trust continues to support projects that relate to the charitable interests of its founder including:

  • Parks, open spaces and recreation grounds for public use
  • Art galleries and libraries for public use
  • The promotion of education and community projects
  • Supporting sick poor or infirm persons
  • Medical, recreational and sporting facilities
  • Such other charitable purposes as the Trustees think fit

The Trust welcomes applications from organisations that support disadvantaged groups, community based projects and facilities, activities that improve health, well-being and quality of life (that fall outside statutory provision), and projects that celebrate the heritage of Sheffield.

Trustees primarily award capital funding to organisations that deliver projects in the Sheffield area and have a charitable purpose. Trustees also consider funding running costs and will support projects for up to three years in exceptional circumstances. Applications from national organisations will be declined unless they are submitted by a local representative and can clearly demonstrate that the project will take place in Sheffield and directly benefit Sheffield’s people. Applications from, or on behalf of, individuals are normally declined.

Trustees consider the merits of every application. As part of our stewardship, we may make additional enquiries of applicants including a visit to find out more about you and your organisation.

To apply for a grant please complete the grant application form which can be found here. Organisations that do not have charitable status will be asked to provide additional information to ensure compliance with the Common Reporting Standard.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a grant monitoring form to demonstrate the grant has been used for the purpose it was given.

Information about projects we have recently supported can be found here.

View some of our recent grants

Our trustees

Dona Womack


Dona Womack lives in Sheffield and, along with her husband and two adult sons, enjoys being part of an extensive family and community network. Dona’s working life was spent delivering services for children in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire and she now enjoys walking, travelling and taking part in a wide variety of sports.

Dona is proud to have been a JG Graves trustee for over 20 years and continues to be amazed and impressed by the variety of local organisations that the Trust is able to support.

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Jackie Drayton

Jackie lives in Burngreave and was one of the Sheffield City Councillors for the area for 26 years. 

She left school at 16, had children, she worked in a variety of jobs including retail, hospitality, and office work. After attending local adult education classes, she went back into education, got a degree, then worked in Primary, Further, Adult and Higher Education and Community Development for over 20 years. She is also a semi qualified fire eater!

Jackie is active in her community. Loves gardening, arts and crafts., dancing, music and cooking for family and friends. 

Jackie had the honour of being Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 2006-07, she was a Trustee, and Vice Chair (Grants), of South Yorkshire Community Foundation for 10 years and has been a J. G. Graves Trustee for over 15 years. She really enjoys visiting the projects that the Trust funds, to see how the organisations, projects and funds are making a real difference to the lives of the citizens of our great City. 

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Peter Price

Born in 1938, and educated at Longley Junior and Sheffield City Grammar Schools, Peter has lived in Sheffield all of his life.

Peter has been a City Councillor for the Shiregreen/Brightside Ward for 50 years, and is the city’s longest serving Councillor. He was Deputy Leader of the Council and became the City’s 100th Lord Mayor in 1996-97.

Peter is actively involved in several local groups. He enjoys music and theatre and is a season ticket holder at Sheffield Wednesday. A keen walker, cyclist and marathon runner, Peter has been all over the world raising over £100,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Charity. Peter and his late wife Janet have four children and ten grandchildren. He was awarded an MBE in 1993.

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John C Bramah

Sheffield born, John became the fifth generation of his family to be metal working engineers in South Yorkshire. He joined Rolls Royce as an apprentice and went on to work around the world before returning to Sheffield in 1985.

John has been Board member of several local organisations promoting inward investment, entrepreneurship and engineering in schools. He was the Master of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire in 2002, and High Sheriff of South Yorkshire in 2014. He is a trustee of several local charities. Today, John is Chairman of a multi-million pound investment company, with interests in the UK, Europe and the United States.

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Kim Streets

Kim is CEO of Sheffield Museums, and is leading the organisation in its mission to create inspiring museum and gallery experiences that promote a sense of place, identity and pride and that bring people together to encounter great art and extraordinary heritage.

Kim is a member of Sheffield Culture Consortium, a founder member of the English Civic Museums Network, a Trustee of Art UK and a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire.

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Peter Clarkson

Peter is a solicitor with Wrigleys' Solicitors in Sheffield and has over 25 years experience of advising private individuals and charities. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

He has served as a trustee of many local and national bodies, including the Association of Charitable Foundations, the national umbrella body for grant making trusts in the UK.

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Rick Plews

Rick is a Sheffielder born and bred and has lived in the City all his life. An accountant by profession, the whole of Rick’s working life was with the same major firm of Accountants and Business Advisers he joined as an innocent teenager.

In retirement, he has taken on a portfolio of Trustee/co-opted member appointments in the charity/not for profit sector, a sector with which he worked in his professional career, bringing his finance and business experience to a variety of organisations. Having acted as Secretary to the Trustees for 27 years, Rick became a Trustee in 2012.

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Adrian Graves

Adrian was born in Sheffield and, having succeeded his Father in 2018, has become the 4th generation Graves to serve as a trustee of the JG Graves charitable trust. Although he has moved away from Sheffield he still has family links to the City and is proud and humbled by his heritage.

Adrian is a family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and teenage son, walking their dog in the local area, travelling to watch motor sports and being beaten by his son on his games console.

Adrian currently works in London and has spent his career working in the Finance / Human Resources areas of business both in the charitable sector and the banking industry.

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Kate Hayward

Kate lives in Sheffield with her husband and 3 young boys. She is passionate about community and has set up 2 non profit organisations over the last 12 years as well as working and volunteering for many local organisations and charities.

A keen adventurer, she enjoys climbing, mountain biking and running and is often found out exploring one of Sheffield’s many parks or the Peak District.

Steven Cotton

Steven came to Sheffield as a student and has loved making Sheffield his home! He lives in Nether Edge with his wife and two daughters.

Steven is the founder of a nature based youth charity called Grow which launched in 2018. He is a Director at Holly Hagg Community Farm and the Chair of Trustees at the Friends of Nether Edge School charity.

Steven is an avid gardener, loves walking in the Peak district, enjoys boxing and swimming and is excited to be a part of the important work of the JG Graves Trust.

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Gavin Richards

Gavin has worked for the Architectural Heritage Fund since 2007 in various roles, supporting charities and social enterprises to find sustainable new uses for historic buildings at risk. He is currently leading on a new project in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, funding new Heritage Development Trusts across the UK.

Gavin studied Economic & Social History at Leicester University and has postgraduate qualifications in Urban Regeneration and Charity Resource Management, both completed at Sheffield Hallam University. He has lived in Sheffield since 2010 and his two daughters were born in the city.

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Professor Solomon Tesfaye

Solomon Tesfaye is a Consultant Physician/Endocrinologist, and Research Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the University of Sheffield. Solomon won a scolarship to study at Sevenoaks School and later medicine at the University of Bristol. He came to see Bruce Springsteen at the famous Bramall Lane concert in 1988 and fell in love with city of Sheffield and surrounding Peak District. He has been working at Sheffield Teaching hsopitals ever since. He is a supporter of Sheffield United and holds a season ticket. He is also founder and honorary President of SHARE, a Sheffield medical charity.

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