About us

What Cloudesley does


Cloudesley is an independent charitable trust that makes grants to people, organisations and churches within the London Borough of Islington. With a current grants budget of £1.8 million a year, the charity is able to have a significant positive impact on Islington people’s lives.


Through our health grants programme we give grants to address physical and mental health issues and financial hardship. We give small grants to Islington residents who have health problems, or who are disabled and in financial need, and also fund organisations and projects that support them. 


Our church grants programme supports the Church of England churches in Islington, helping to repair the buildings and maintain services within them.


We work closely with other local funders and are one of the core partners of Islington Giving.


Founded in 1517 under the Will of Richard Cloudesley, an Islington resident, the charity is now governed by a Charity Commission Scheme of 1980.  In December 2016, following consultation, the Charity Commission agreed to extend Cloudesley's area of benefit to cover the whole Borough of Islington.


Cloudesley's funding for grants and all other costs comes from income from investments. The charity owns around 100 residential properties on the Cloudesley Estate in Barnsbury, Islington, as well as marketable securities.