The Foundation’s Finance Committee meets quarterly in advance of 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 2018.

Chartwell

Rosa

$1,525,000

Chartwell is the former home of Sir Winston Churchill. The grant will be used to complete the acquisition of the final objects in the Churchill collection, such as the Nobel Prize for Literature and for the wider project that will ensure Churchill’s legacy for future generations at the home he loved.

Rosa

Lake District

Catbells seen from the east shore of Derwentwater, with cloud reflections in the water, Cumbria. ©National Trust Images/Simon Fraser

$84,795

The Royal Oak Foundation has established The Grace and Thomas William Thompson Fund to 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.

Catbells seen from the east shore of Derwentwater, with cloud reflections in the water, Cumbria. ©National Trust Images/Simon Fraser

Furniture Research

The Tapestry Room at Osterley Park, Middlesex. ©National Trust Images/Bill Batten

$13,500

Cataloging for the National Trust Collections

The Royal Oak Foundation’s support will help fund an ongoing research project to catalogue approximately 57,000 pieces of furniture in the National Trust collections. Exciting discoveries have been made while adding to the existing wealth of knowledge about some of their most treasured items.

The Tapestry Room at Osterley Park, Middlesex. ©National Trust Images/Bill Batten

Seaton Delaval Hall

Laburnum arch at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland ©National Trust Images/Tom Carr

$12,000

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 National Trust in 2009.

Laburnum arch at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland ©National Trust Images/Tom Carr

Chinese House at Stowe

The Chinese House by attributed to William Kent (Bridlington 1685 ¿ London 1748) ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

$10,000

This grant will support continued conservation and restoration work of The Chinese House, a tiny little folly in the Pheasantry near the Palladian Bridge at Stowe. It is intricately decorated with Chinese scenes, flowers and calligraphy.

The Chinese House by attributed to William Kent (Bridlington 1685 ¿ London 1748) ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Sponsored Projects Initiatives

The Royal Oak Foundation adopts a limited number of Sponsored Projects (SP) which are not National Trust properties but whose missions are related to the National Trust.  The Sponsored Projects Program assists these charities with fundraising in the United States and to enable them to offer a tax-deduction to their U.S. patrons without the expense of establishing their own U.S. subsidiaries.

The Royal Oak Foundation does not fundraise for these charitable organizations, and it does not make its own donors available to SPs for fundraising purposes.

The Great Dixter Charitable Trust: $47,175
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 Charleston Trust: $2,700
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.

Captions, from top to bottom: A mass of Rosa “Pink Parfait” in front of Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until 1965 ©National Trust Images/David Sellman  ◆  Catbells seen from the east shore of Derwentwater, with cloud reflections in the water, Cumbria. ©National Trust Images/Simon Fraser  ◆  The Tapestry Room at Osterley Park, Middlesex. ©National Trust Images/Bill Batten  ◆  Laburnum arch at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland ©National Trust Images/Tom Carr  ◆  The Chinese House attributed to William Kent ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler