Coats Foundation Trust

The Coats Foundation Trust is a charity which was established by the company many years ago with the aim of helping to relieve poverty and to assist in funding education for those who do not have the financial means to study. It was initially set up in 1974 and provides grants to individuals or institutions which cover three main charitable areas:

  1. the relief of persons who are aged, powerless or in conditions of need, hardship or distress;
  2. the advancement of education;
  3. the provision (or assistance in the provision) in the interests of social welfare, of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation.

If an individual is suffering financial hardship, the Trust does not have funds which would enable regular payments (like a pension) to the individual, but may be able to help with a one-off payment to buy essential items, such as equipment or furniture, or towards essential repairs where no other source of funding from the public coffers or other charitable institution is available.

We cannot accept applications for normal day-to-day items like food and rent as this would be a long-term need which our limited funds could not permit. Details should be included of any other sources of funding that the individual has applied for or may expect help from, together with any other information that will help the Trustee in considering the case.

We do not make payments to other charities as our policy is to assist individual cases directly.

For an application form for educational funding, please click here.

To apply for financial assistance in cases of hardship, please click here.

You will also need to complete a Financial Statement. Please click here.

The Pensions Office is responsible for the administration of the Coats Foundation Trust.