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The Talbot Village Trust is a charity in South East Dorset set up by sisters Georgina and Mary Anne Talbot in the 1850s, who dedicated their lives to helping those in need.


During the past decade we have awarded over £10 million to charities and good causes in the area.

What do we do?


As one of the county's largest benefactors, giving annually £1 million, we carry on the Talbot sisters' tradition of supporting communities to succeed and thrive, while sowing the seeds for future generations to benefit in the rapidly changing world in which we live. 


A key aim of our approach is to strengthen our work with colleagues from local charities and not-for-profit organisations to find new ways to achieve real results against major societal challenges.  


Today, Talbot Village - the model village created by the sisters in the 1850-60s - lies in a conservation area.  Guided by the Talbot sisters' founding principles, the lands and properties of the estate support vibrant communities by providing homes, education, workplaces, and promoting opportunities to care for all those in the community. 

Who do we support?


We exist to help people transform their lives for the better.  

Our funding can benefit people of all ages and abilities through the grants we give to a wide range of charities, faith-based organisations, education and properly constituted not-for-profit organisations.

We are also very interested to hear from grassroot organisations and innovators, who may be new to us but could be a true instigator of positive change locally.


Since the Trust’s nineteenth-century inception, we have donated millions of pounds to good causes.


We use a carefully considered assessment process to provide grants to organisations who have applied to support the needs of people in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole,  East Dorset and Purbeck. 



Apply For Funding

If you would like to apply for funding, start the process now.

Each application for funding will be considered by the Trustees on its individual merit.



The Talbot Innovation Quarter

Following extensive public consultation we submitted a hybrid planning application to BCP Council in collaboration with Nuffield Health for the development of a new state of the art Nuffield Health Hospital and Innovation Quarter on Trust lands next to the two universities on the Wallisdown Road in November 2022.


Our aim is to balance the needs of the environment with the opportunity for collaboration, conversation, the provision of much needed additional healthcare capacity, and the creation of skilled jobs to retain young people here in Bournemouth and Poole.  


News & Blog



Talbot Village Trust, a local grant giving charity that supports worthy causes in south east Dorset, has donated £10,000 to develop the outside provision for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children at Winton Primary School.



With supporting the community at the forefront of everything it does, Talbot Village Trust, is delighted to support the Dorset Hero Awards as headline sponsor for the second year running.



Talbot Village Trust has donated £19,700 for vital repair work to the Destiny Life Church in West Howe, supporting vulnerable adults who have experienced homelessness.

Group 195 We are extremely grateful to the Talbot Village Trust. We estimate that their donation will directly benefit more than 1000 people over the next five years and impact positively upon the lives of many more carers and families. Quote2

Michael Troake, Mobility and Independent Living Co-ordinator, Red Cross


Group 195 During the Covid pandemic, the HealthBus team identified that people who were experiencing homelessness needed to access essential healthcare. With the support and funding from the Talbot Village Trust and the community, the charity was able to achieve its goal of having a new mobile clinic that was fit for purpose – a new health bus!Quote2

 Kate Hibbitt, Operations Director, HealthBus


Group 195TVT's Covid-19 Support Fund of April 2020 was a lifeline for us. We usually raise 80% of our running costs from plant sales with the majority of this income being made in the months of March, April and May. Horticulture is by nature seasonal and if early sales are lost they cannot be recuperated later in the year; this would have a huge impact on our charity and service-users, whom we refer to as Volunteers. 

You took a huge amount of pressure away at a difficult time for all. Quote2 

Tish Borrowman, Nursery Manager, Cherry Tree Nursery