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The Siobhan Dowd Trust exists to fund any person or groups that:

  • Take stories to children and young people without stories;
  • Bring the joy of reading and books to children and young people deprived of access to books and of the opportunity to read;
  • Fund and support disadvantaged young readers where there is no funding or support.

In accordance with Siobhan’s wishes, our funding process is very open, flexible, and we hope, simple.



  • The trustees wish to fund start up innovative schemes, where a small grant will act as “start-up” or seed money to grow into something bigger and ideally self-sustaining.
  • The trustees want to encourage scattered groups to work together and co-ordinate the voluntary sector to learn from each other, not act in isolation or in competition with each other.
  • Trustees do not need long detailed notes outlining the need for a grant – we appreciate there is a great deal of need, we want grant submissions to give us all the details of what you plan to do to address this need, and what impact a grant would have!

Strings attached:

  • The trustees would like publicity in exchange for funding.
  • The trustees want rigorous evaluation of the impact of a grant answering the question: Did the grant given encourage the Joy of Reading? How?
  • Timing deadlines. Trustees meet three times a year. We ask that funding applications be in three weeks before the trustees meet, to allow for questions to be asked and submissions to be circulated.