Waterway Charities Appeal

Thanks to donations from hundreds of people to the Canal & River Trust’s appeal to support small waterway-based charities, the Trust has been able to award £31,500 in grants shared across 43 local charities based on inland waterways in England and Wales.

Please read our full list of grants we have awarded.

The appeal

In May 2020 we launched an appeal to help support small waterway-based charities in our local communities. Without help, the coronavirus pandemic could prove disastrous for these organisations.

In solidarity with them, we have matched public donations to our appeal up to £50,000. On top of that, our chief executive, Richard Parry has donated 20% of his salary for the first three months of the year. 

Just like you, we want to see our canal and river communities thrive, so that everyone can feel better by water. 

Vital opportunities for local people

These very local charities provide people with opportunities in life where, and when, it is needed the most - from helping tackle loneliness and dementia, to supporting disadvantaged children and young people in some of the most deprived parts of the country.

Invaluable work

What they all have in common is that they carry out their invaluable work on our wonderful waterways bringing beauty and wellbeing to the heart of diverse communities.

We have distributed all of the funds raised by this appeal in small grants to local waterway-based community charities, to ensure they can continue to operate in the months and years ahead.

Last date edited: 13 October 2020