The Harry Middleton Gift Fund
Harry Middleton was born in 1883, originally living in Caldecote Street. When still young he emigrated to Canada where he made his money in gold mining. He died in January 1966 leaving no children, and was buried in the old cemetery.
After a somewhat chequered history with the local and borough councils, the investments were returned to the town in March 1978 and the formal deed of trust for the now named Harry Middleton Gift Fund was agreed with the Charity Commissioners.
Applications for a grant are always discussed and considered very carefully by the trustees with regard to the original terms of the trust deed. The primary consideration is whether the benefit will be almost entirely for the residents of Newport Pagnell.
The official interpretation of the Gift precludes the making of grants to individuals or for items that would normally be the responsibility of local councils financed from taxes. Grants are not available to other charitable organisations which are set up to raise and distribute funds, only to end user organisations.
Grants are normally only given for items of a capital nature which will have an ongoing benefit to residents of the town, although in some instances other expenditure can qualify. If Trustees are aware of other sources of funds applicants are asked in the first instance to apply there and then come back as a Trust grant could prevent the applicant having access to these other funds or reduce the amount available from that source.
Any application should be supported by proper estimates where applicable and accompanied by the latest set of accounts of the applying organisation.
If you feel that your requirement falls within these guidelines, please request a form and return it to David Kirkbright at the address on the form. If in doubt either contact David Kirkbright direct who will discuss is with you, or complete and return the form. Nothing is lost by applying!
Tel: 01908 611650 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org