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Our objectives

To advance the development of young people, especially the disadvantaged, by working with registered charities in providing resources and facilities not normally provided for by statutory bodies.

To provide facilities for recreation and other leisure activities for young people by working with registered charities, particularly in the fields of the arts and science.

To advance data transparency, to increase access to impartial information, and to promote the public good through the collection and analysis of useful data by working with registered charities pioneering in this space.

To further such other purposes charitable under the law of England and Wales as the Trustees see fit.

The Foundation only accepts appeals from UK registered charities. No applications from individuals are considered and the Trustees do not generally fund projects outside the UK.

Exclusions: Animal welfare or faith/places of worship charities, campaigning and lobbying work.

Who we are

The Mohn Westlake Foundation was established in 2016 by Marit Mohn and her son Stian Westlake following the sale of their share in the family company, Frank Mohn AS of Norway.

Marit and Stian hope through the Foundation to make a difference to the lives of young people by giving them opportunities they otherwise would not have had, through education, performing arts or other activities. They would also like to promote the public good by encouraging data transparency, access to impartial information the collection and analysis of useful data, which they consider important foundations of a good society. 

Since its inception the Foundation has pledged over £45 million to charitable causes in the UK.

It is hoped that future generations of the family will take the work of the Foundation forward.

For further information about our trust deed and trustees, please visit www.charity-commission.gov.uk

 

Funding

If you are a registered charity with at least three years’ audited accounts and believe that your work falls under the criteria we support, please send a letter to:

Coutts & Co
c/o Chris Thurlow
440 Strand
London WC2R 0QS
Tel. No. 0345 304 2424

Or email: charitytrusts@coutts.com clearly marked ‘The Mohn Westlake Foundation’.

Please include the following:

  • Purpose of the funding
  • Evidence of need
  • Outcomes
  • Amount of grant sought
  • Set of latest accounts

Please note that although unsolicited applications will be accepted, our intention is that most funding will be allocated through specific call-outs. Where appropriate, this site will carry details of this.