How we can Help

Eligibility

The Hoper Dixon Trust makes grants for "the benefit of the poor connected with or in the neighbourhood of any house or pastoral centre under the direction of the English Province of the Order of Preachers". See the website of the English Province of the Order of Preachers for details of the locations of its houses and pastoral centres.

Unfortunately we are not legally able to help those who live elsewhere if they have no connection with the Dominican Friars' houses or pastoral centres in England, Scotland, Grenada or Barabados.

Policies in making grants

The Trusts aims to benefit the poor by making grants which:
  • assist with one-off expenses for the benefit of those who are in acute situations of poverty; or
  • enable those in chronic poverty to participate in activities which would not otherwise be open to them.
In other words, we try to "make a difference" in the lives of those we help, either by helping them get out of a situation of poverty, or by trying to make sure that their poverty is not a barrier to participating in normal activities.

The Trust's income comes from its investments, and the Trustees seek to make grants each year approximately equalling the income from investments. Should it not be possible disburse all available funds in any given year, they are rolled forward for disbursement in future years.

The Trustees seek, within the limits of available resources, to provide real benefit to the largest number of beneficiaries who are eligible under the terms of the Charity's object and whose support furthers these aims.

Examples of recent grants

  • Help with with higher education tuition fees that cannot be met from public or personal funds;
  • help with medical expenses not covered from public funds;
  • help for those unable to work because of injury and/or sickness;
  • help with unexpected and unforeseeable expenses;
  • help with relocation expenses and/or purchase of basic household equipment for those setting up in a new home;
  • help for pilgrims going to Lourdes, both those who are ill and those who assist them;
  • help to attend a funeral of a close family member.
This list is not exhaustive, and the Trustees are happy to consider other ways in which the Trust can make a difference to those suffering from poverty.