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Adnams Community Trust

The Adnams Community Trust was established in 1990 to celebrate Adnams centenary as a public company. It awards modest grants to good causes within 25 miles of Southwold.

The Adnams Community Trust - About Us

At Adnams, we believe that business can be a force for good. The Adnams Community Trust (ACT) (registered charity number 1000203) was founded in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of Adnams plc as a public company. To date, it has awarded over 1,500 grants to local causes. With its creation, Adnams joined a select group of companies which were part of the ‘Once Percent Club,’ committed to donating a minimum of one percent of annual profit to charity and the first grants were made in May 1991.

It operates independently and is funded by a percentage of the profits of Adnams plc, Adnams’ dividends donated by shareholders, customer donations through the ‘Pennies’ scheme, general donations, legacies and events like the annual Adnams 10k Run.

Please click here to find out how to apply for a grant; or to discover some of the wonderful causes that have. Alternatively, use the How to Apply & Case Studies tab in the menu bar.

What we do

The Adnams Community Trust awards grants to worthy causes, for the benefit of those living within a 25-mile radius of Southwold. Grants range from £100 to £2,500 and must be for specific items. They are only awarded to organisations, not directly to individuals, and the Trustees expect to see the results of their donations within one year.

Please click here to view a map that illustrates the 25 mile catchment area.

Grants are made in the following areas:

    • Education
    • Health & Social Welfare
    • The Arts
    • Recreation
    • Buildings & Community Facilities
    • The Environment / Conservation
    • History

Donating to the Adnams Community Trust 

We are extremely grateful to all those who decide to help with our fundraising efforts. All of the administrative costs of the Adnams Community Trust are met by Adnams Plc, which means that every penny you raise or donate goes directly to good causes. 

Donations can be made in the following ways: 

    • Make an online donation or fundraise for the Adnams Community Trust through the Totalgiving website -  click here.
    • Send a cheque made payable to the Adnams Community Trust to Rebecca Abrahall, Adnams Community Trust Administrator, Adnams PLC, Sole Bay Brewery, Southwold, IP18 6JW.
    • Remember us in your will. A significant proportion of the Adnams Community Trust’s income comes from a major legacy – and you, too, can ensure that your generosity is remembered for generations to come.  Once again, we can help you to make these arrangements.
    • Why not take part in the Adnams 10k Run? The Trust is the beneficiary of this annual event,

The Trustees & Administration of Adnams Community Trust

Our Trustees

ACT is managed by a skilled board of Trustees, who run the Trust independently of Adnams Plc. They are a mix of elected Adnams employees, Adnams directors and others whose expertise and commitment to our community add to the quality of decision-making. All Trustees give their time freely, and no remuneration is paid.

Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Grants are awarded by the board of trustees four times a year, in January, April, July and October. The application dates for 2022 are as follows:

    • January 2022 - application deadline Tuesday 7 December 2021 (deadline extended)
    • April 2022 - application deadline Friday 18 February 2022
    • July 2022 - application deadline Friday 6 May 2022
    • October 2022 - application deadline Friday 19 August 2022

The grant meeting in October 2021 is now new applications

Adnams Community Trust Report & Accounts 

As a registered charitable trust (No 1000203) the Adnams Community Trust operates independently of Adnams plc and publishes annual, independently examined accounts. 

If you’d like to see archive copies of previous accounts, please contact

Contact Us

If you require more information:


Telephone: 01502 727200

By post to:

Rebecca Abrahall,
Adnams Community Trust Administrator
The Adnams Community Trust
C/o 23 The Street
IP21 4JY