A Trust which benefits the people of the city of York

About the Trust

Micklegate Bar is one of the gates of the Roman Walled city of York

The Trust (previously known as The Micklegate, York Charitable Trust) began in 1566 when Dame Isabella Ward, the last Prioress of Clementhorpe Nunnery, gifted Jacob’s Well on Trinity Lane to the Trustees to provide relief for the poor on All Souls’ Day each year. Over the years, we have been fortunate to receive donations and legacies from members of three churches on Micklegate: Holy Trinity, St John’s and St Martin-cum-Gregory. Holy Trinity Micklegate continues to support us. We have also received donations from businesses on Micklegate.

Today, the Trust uses its funds to benefit people who live in the city of York, who are facing hardship or distress.

The Trustees meet quarterly to consider applications. These meetings usually take place in March, June, September and December.


Peter Minns

Mark Kingaby-Daly

Mark Wharfedale

Cllr Pete Kilbane

Area the Trust covers

Organisations we have supported

While most of our funds go to individuals in need, we have supported a wide variety of groups and organisations who help people the city of York. A list representing these is shown below.

  • All Saints Roman Catholic School
  • Carecent
  • Citizens Advice York
  • Clements Hall
  • Compass
  • Hamilton Panthers FC
  • Kitchen for Everyone (KEY)
  • NCT
  • Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY)
  • Peasholme Charity
  • St Leonard’s Hospice
  • St Mary’s Bishophill Junior
  • Survive
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • The Besom
  • The Island
  • York Community Church
  • York Foodbank
  • York Samaritans
  • York Sea Cadets
  • York Street Angels
  • York Teaching Hospital Charity
  • York Women’s Counselling

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Trust, please apply in writing (by letter or email), detailing your requirements. If you are an organisation applying on behalf of someone, please indicate the individual who will benefit.

If you are an individual applying please specify your full name, address, the reasons for apply and what support you require.

All applications are acknowledges before and after the Trustees’ meetings. To complete your application, please write to Mark Kingaby-Daly:

       Email: info@isabelwardtrust.org.uk

       Address: 2 Cromarty Cottages, Birdsall, Malton, YO17 9NN

       Tel: 01944 319021

Please note the Trustees meet on a quarterly basis and any applications are subject to the Trustees’ final decision. Any grants awarded to organisations will be eligible for publication, via our website, for the guidance of future applications.