About us

The J G 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
  • Almshouse accommodation
  • The promotion of education via scholarships and apprenticeships
  • The advancement of science
  • Supporting sick poor or infirm persons
  • 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

Chair

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 has been a Sheffield City Councillor for the Burngreave Ward for over 20 years. She became Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families, Education, Lifelong & Community Learning, Skills and Employment in May 2011.

Jackie left school at 16, had children and then went back into education, finally obtaining a degree in teaching from Warwick University. She then worked in Primary, Further, Adult and Higher Education and Community Development for over 25 years.

Jackie was Lord Mayor of Sheffield (2006-2007), is a Patron of Sheffield Home Start, and has been a J G Graves Trustee for over 10 years. She is active in her community, loves travelling, enjoys entertaining family and friends and is a semi-qualified fire eater!

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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 was elected as a City Councillor for the Shiregreen/Brightside Ward in 1972, 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 currently Chair of the North East Local Area Partnership, Chair of the Wincobank Village Hall, the Grimesthorpe Family Centre, the Sheffield Walking Forum, The Sheffield Pensioners Action Group and Limpsfield School. He is the author of the guide book The Sheffield Way a 45 mile footpath walk that circles the City. Peter 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. At 18, he joined Rolls Royce to serve a five year engineering apprenticeship. In the 1970s, he held management positions with the Lotus car company, and Black & Decker working in India and Nigeria. In 1981, he joined a German subsidiary of US Steel to commission a new factory in South Wales. In 1985, John returned to Sheffield to take over a specialist supplier of heavy hydraulic equipment to the energy industry.

John has been Board member of several local organisations promoting inward investment, entrepreneurship and engineering in schools. He was Chairman of the executive committee to create Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing and Rolls Royce. 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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Dr Derek Cullen

Derek grew up in the North East and was educated at St. Cuthbert’s Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Durham Medical School, King’s College, Newcastle. Derek enjoys hill walking, ornithology, gardening, reading Latin Classics and the History of Medicine. He is Editor of Sheffield Aesculapian Society Newsletter and regularly curates exhibitions exploring the history of medicine at the University of Sheffield Medical School. Derek is married with three children and two grandchildren.

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Kim Streets

Kim has over 25 years of experience in collections development, exhibitions production, audience engagement, project management and leadership in the museums sector.

She was appointed to the role of CEO of Museums Sheffield in 2012, 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 the Sheffield Culture Consortium, the City Growth Board and a founder member of the English Civic Museums Network. She is also a Trustee of Art UK; a Governor of Sheffield College; a Guardian of Sheffield Assay Office and Keeper of the Collection of the Guild of St George, (The Ruskin Collection).

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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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Hugh Grayson

Hugh Grayson trained as a chartered accountant and has built a number of successful family companies over his thirty years in business. The family continue to be involved in the leisure and construction industries. As well as supporting the J G Graves Charitable Trust, Hugh works in a volunteer capacity on a range of University of Sheffield committees.

Photograph of Hugh Grayson