The Foundation operates three separate funds:

1) Walter Bigg Fund: income from investments in this fund and the Walter Bigg Property Fund is used:

a. to provide items, services and facilities for Wallingford School;
b. otherwise to promote the education of children and young persons (aged between 11 – 25) resident in Wallingford;

in the above order of priority.

2) Hedges Chemical Science Fund: provides income to award prizes in natural sciences to pupils attending Wallingford School.

3) Walter Bigg Foundation Property Fund, in which the proceeds from the sale of property formerly owned by the Trust on the upper school site are held. Revenue income from this fund is paid into the Walter Bigg Fund.


The Foundation owns 100% of the Title ON238572, which makes up 55% of a playing field in Wallingford, situated west of St Georges Road. The Title also includes the Charity’s ownership of a one meter wide ransom strip between Walter Bigg Way and Ayres Yard in Wallingford.

Future plans

Due to residential developments in Wallingford, it is anticipated that the School will need to accommodate 400 additional pupils by 2023. The charity will work with the School and the Merchant Taylors’ Oxfordshire Academy Trust to see how it might best use its assets to assist in this project.

Applying for funds

Funds are given to Wallingford School as a first priority. However, the Trustees will also consider applications from organisations, charities and individuals living in Wallingford. Most grants are likely to be in the region of £100 – £1,500 depending on the project.

What we fund:
  • Educational projects or activities undertaken by organisations or charities that benefit young people living in Wallingford.
  • Projects and activities undertaken by 11-25 year olds living in Wallingford that demonstrate a clear benefit to others – for example, volunteering trips in the UK and abroad.
What we don’t fund:
  • Individuals from outside Wallingford.
  • Individuals over the age of 25.
  • Organisations/charities from outside Wallingford and its environs, where the project does not benefit Wallingford residents.
  • Projects or activities that do not advance education.
  • Projects undertaken by individuals that do not benefit the wider public.
  • Charities or organisations whose main method of operation is making grants or loans to individuals.
To find out more:

Write to Jane Hindle at Merchant Taylors’ Company Charities Management (which supports administration of the Foundation):