The Glastonbury Trust is a charity that works with individuals and community groups to promote emotional well-being, citizenship, environmental improvement and spiritual growth.
What we do...
We are a grant making body that allocates funds in a way that best serves our current focus on high social impact community development and sustainability.
Who we support...
The Glastonbury Trust supports projects that have community cohesion and inclusion at their heart. We have a special interest in building a supportive and empowering environment for Mothers, children, young people and the elderly. To find out more, check out our Glastonbury Mothers Collective project.
The Glastonbury Trust Vision
The Trust supports community infrastructure in Glastonbury and the surrounding area. This can take the form of:
1. Supporting the purchase or maintenance of community owned buildings, housing or land.
2. Supporting the start up costs of community organisations.
3. Supporting rents for community organisations.
4. Supporting specific projects initiated by community organisations.
5. Supporting networking and information sharing initiatives.
6. Supporting effective community group facilitation.
7. Preserving green spaces for rewilding projects and natural protection.
The Trust believes in social enterprise. Community organisations should have the intention of becoming economically self-sustaining, so that they are not reliant on grant funding for their existence. Sadly, we cannot support individuals' training or living costs.
The Trust has a vision for Glastonbury as a centre for innovative and self-sustaining holistic community infrastructure, and is happy to have conversations with individuals and organisations that have a focus on this.
A Brief History of the Trust
The origins of the Glastonbury Trust go back to 1978 when a Dutch couple, Willem and Helene Koppejan, bought retail properties at the foot of Glastonbury High Street, which they converted into a complex of shops and function rooms called The Glastonbury Experience. The shops had an ‘arts and crafts’ focus originally, although over the years this was to change, reflecting Glastonbury’s development as a centre for contemporary spirituality. Willem, sadly, was to die before the couple’s dreams were fully realised and when Helene died in 1997, she bequeathed the Glastonbury Experience to the Glastonbury Trust, thereby ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of the charity. The Trust went through a period of instability in its early years until around 1994, when, with significant help from friends and trustees, Helene was finally able to turn things around. Since then, the Glastonbury Trust has been working with many projects in Glastonbury and the surrounding areas, with the intention of offering help, guidance, teaching, training and healing on all aspects of spiritual growth and ecological awareness.
Some examples of the projects the Trust have supported include: The Goddess Temple, Pilgrim Reception Centre, Isle of Avalon Foundation, Library of Avalon, Somerset Trust for Sustainable Development, West Mendip Credit Union, Glastonbury Online and more recently the Red Brick Building. The Glastonbury Trust has also been involved with a number of schools, forest schools and home education projects.