The Foundation's Grants Committee, chaired by Herbert L. Camp, meets twice a year in advance of the second and fourth quarter Board Meetings to review contributions received for specific campaigns and programs. The committee evaluates the connection each project has to the Foundation's mission and recommends grants for approval by the full Board of Directors. The following grants were among those approved by the Board in 2012. The full list of grants will be published in the Foundation's 2012 annual report. Currently, the 2011 annual report is available at www.royal-oak.org/about.
NATIONAL TRUST OF ENGLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND
Diamond Jubilee Grant: White Cliffs of Dover
Royal Oak granted $60,000 to the National Trust to support the development of a trail for children and families across the section of the White Cliffs that the Trust acquired in 2012. The grant was made in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and includes a $25,000 challenge grant made by Dr. Daniel and Mrs. Anne Ervin which was matched by donations from the Foundation's Directors. The balance represents funds received from individual donors outside the Board.
2011 National Trust Appeal:
Conservation of Wall Hangings at Ham House
The Foundation made a grant of $35,000 representing the proceeds of Royal Oak's 2011 National Trust Appeal to fund the conservation of the wall hangings in the Queen's Antechamber at Ham House. Dating to 1679, the wall hangings are an extremely rare and significant in situ survival but are in extremely poor condition. This grant will be matched by an anonymous donor in the UK.
2011 Membership Recruitment Incentive for National Trust Properties
The Foundation grants £22 per Royal Oak membership sold at National Trust properties back to the property. This recruitment incentive program mirrors that in place for the Trust itself, wherein properties receive a portion of membership proceeds generated on-site. Royal Oak granted £6,050 to the Trust, representing incentive rebates for 2011. The properties recruiting the most new members in 2011 were Hidcote Manor Garden, Sissinghurst, Knole, Corfe Castle, Lacock Abbey and Fountains Abbey.
Snowdonia National Park in Honor of Dame Fiona Reynolds
Royal Oak made a grant of £10,000 to support the planting of a
grove of trees on Trust land within Snowdonia National Park in
honor of Dame Fiona Reynolds, who stepped down as the Trust's
Director-General after 12 extraordinary years.
Great Chalfield Manor
In 2012, Royal Oak received and granted $10,000 to the Trust to support acquisition of selected books and chattels from the donor
family for the permanent collection at Great Chalfield Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. This important 15th-century manor house was donated to the Trust in 1943 by Robert and Mabel Fuller and remains the home of their grandson, Robert Floyd, and his family, who welcome over 20,000 visitors annually.
SPONSORED PROJECTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Royal Oak's Sponsored Projects program supports a limited number of organizations in the UK whose missions are related to that of the Foundation or the National Trust.
The Great Dixter Charitable Trust
Located in Northiam, East Sussex, Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. Now under the stewardship of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust and Christopher's friend and head gardener, Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter is a historic house, a garden, a center of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. In 2012, Royal Oak made grants totaling $25,800 to support garden apprenticeships and restoration projects at the property.
American Friends of Attingham
The Foundation granted $22,500 to the American Friends of Attingham to support scholarships for the 2013 Attingham Summer School program with proceeds from the 2012 Timeless Design Gala. The Summer School and the Attingham Trust takes its name from Attingham Park, the late-Georgian country house in Shropshire where the program was founded and which has been a property of the National Trust since 1947. For more information on Attingham Trust study programs, please visit www.americanfriendsofattingham.org.