Charles Burnett

The Charles Burnett Memorial Fund has been established by the family of the late Charles Burnett, to assist charitable projects and resources across the area where he lived. In his lifetime, Charles supported many worthwhile causes and this new £1 million fund will continue his great charitable legacy, meeting the needs of future generations in our communities and providing a lasting memorial in Charles’s name.

Charles Burnett (1956-2018) resided at Newtown Park House, near Lymington in Hampshire and was very well known locally as the land-speed record holder for a steam-powered car, which he had developed at his house alongside a team of engineers. The Fund was initially opened for invitation only grants as directed by the Charles Burnett Memorial Fund Advisory Board, but this new round will allow applicants to apply for a minimum grant of £1,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 through an open funding round in early 2022. Charles was a generous philanthropist, enthusiastically supporting a wide range of local charitable causes.

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Programme Overview

Status Open
Opening Date 10/01/2022
Closing Date 07/02/2022
Minimum Grant £1,000
Maximum Grant £25,000
Location Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton
Causes Multiple Issues & Causes


  • General Eligibility

    The Charles Burnett Memorial Fund will continue his passion for supporting organisations and projects that will make a difference in the following sectors:

    • Animal welfare
    • Welfare of Servicemen/women
    • The Environmental
    • Medical and scientific
    • Heritage
    • Education
    • Local community cohesion and welfare issues
  • Target Beneficiaries

    Applicants must be a registered charity or a not-for-profit organisation, based in and operating in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Organisations working within the New Forest (New Forest District Council boundaries) will generally have priority

  • Exclusions
    • Organisations NOT within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
    • Grants towards political parties
    • Proselytising activities i.e. promotion of religion or belief systems
    • Public bodies such as local authorities or schools (except for out of school activities)
    • National charities
    • Applications from individuals
    • For equipment that will actually or in effect become the property of a statutory body
  • Application Guidance
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