The Foundation’s Grants Committee, chaired by Thomas M. Kelly, 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 map below shows all of Royal Oak’s grants given since the organization’s inception in 1973.

Seaton Delaval

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

The following grants were among those approved by the Board in 2014.

Mount Stewart: $450,000

The building restoration project at Mount Stewart House is nearing completion, with an expected re-opening date in April 2015.With lead funding from the Lauritzen Foundation, this grant will support the redecoration of select items within the West Suite, including conservation work within the West Wing bedrooms and bathrooms.

A view across the formal Italian Garden towards the nineteenth century house at Mount Stewart, Co Down, Northern Ireland
Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Dyrham Park Painting Acquisition: $100,000

The purpose of this grant is to provide significant support to enable the National Trust to acquire a still-life of flowers and fruit by Cornelis de Heem (1631-95). The painting is an important painting in its own right, but also has a proven provenance from Dyrham. It contributed to the ‘Dutch’ atmosphere of the house, which included other Dutch paintings and an important collection of Delft earthenware. Although it was one of the more significant pictures in the collection, it was sold from the house in 1956. The National Trust plans to put the painting on public display at Dyrham. The source of funds for the grant is the Board-designated Ervin-DesChamps Fund earnings.

Dyrham Park: $11,000

This grant to the South West Region of the National Trust is in recognition of their considerable time and effort in hosting the Board Tour this year. The grant will support Dyrham Park’s roof project and appeal, which is a major conservation project to replace the leaking roof on the 17th-century mansion house and install an energy-efficient biomass boiler.

Seaton Delaval Hall: $2,500

This grant will support continued conservation and restoration work at Seaton Delaval Hall.   The Delaval family was granted land in Northumbria in 1080 by William the Conqueror. The present house was built in the mid-18th century and was designed by Vanbrugh and acquired by the NT in 2009.

Lake District: $40,000

The Royal Oak Foundation has established The Grace and Thomas William Thompson Fund with support from a recent lead gift.  The fund, and this grant, will support the work of the National Trust in the English Lake District, particularly property maintenance (especially of stonework) in the traditional style. Land acquisitions of acreage around current Trust properties will also be supported, as well as being used for work that employs local hands-on crafts people or provides on-the-job training for people learning relevant maintenance crafts.


Sponsored Projects Initiatives

The Great Dixter Charitable Trust:$12,500

The Great Dixter Charitable Trust provides continuing and expanding stewardship of the house and garden legacy left by Christopher Lloyd. This grant will be used to take on trainees, to carry out training programs and to undertake garden, buildings and curatorial conservation projects.

The Furniture History Society: $6,000

The Furniture History Society promotes and supports research in the history of furniture and interiors. In 2014 the society celebrated its 50th anniversary and this grant will be put towards the appeal to fund research and education in the field of furniture and interiors.

The Charleston Trust: $2,000

The Charleston Trust is home to an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by the original owners of the house and garden, the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This grant will provide support for the conservation, preservation and maintenance of the house and collection.

Dr. Johnson’s House: $2,000

Dr. Johnson’s House is a 300-year-old townhouse in the historic City of London. Many of the prints at Dr. Johnson’s House are in urgent need of conservation. Grant funds will be used to help professionally clean and remount prints from this valuable collection.