About the Charity


The Herbert Strutt Charity was established by Deed on 15 May 1986 and was administered and managed by its sole Trustee, Amber Valley Borough Council. It is an amalgamation of two earlier charities, “The Charity for the Benefit of the Inhabitants of Belper (1908)” and “The Herbert Strutt Baths (1910)”. On 2 November 2017, the Charity Commission consented to the appointment of Belper Town Council as the Charity Trustee in place of Amber Valley Borough Council and this transfer took place on 1 April 2018.

Belper Town Council is the sole Trustee of the Charity and delegates power to a Committee of its Town Councillors to administer and manage the Charity.

Terms of Administration

The Role of the Trustee

The Trustee shall:

  1. administer and manage the Charity by setting up and delegating power to the Herbert Strutt Charity Committee
  2. appoint six Councillors to the Committee at its Annual General Meeting each year
  3. comply with its legal obligations in accordance with this Governing Document and the Charities Acts 2011 and 2022
  4. file the appropriate accounts and documents with the Charity Commission

The Role of the Charity Committee

The Committee shall:

  1. meet up to 4 times a year to consider distributions of income and may, in addition, meet on an urgent basis to consider an urgent distribution
  2. delegate power to the Town Clerk to give advice regarding the Charity, promote the Charity, assist individuals with Grant Applications, arrange meetings of the Committee and assess the urgency or otherwise of Grant applications
  3. annually review the Charity’s Grant Conditions and Application Forms, policies and investment of its funds
  4. not apply the income of the Charity directly in the relief of rates, taxes or other public funds but may apply income in supplementing relief or assistance provided out of public funds
  5. be quorate if 4 of the 6 Councillors attend the Meeting

Funds Held

Details of the Capital and Income available for distribution shall be set out in the Charity’s annual accounts.

Application of Income

The Trustee shall be able to deduct any costs, charges and expenses of, and incidental to, the management of the Charity from the income that arises from the investment of the Funds. This is the Net Income.

The Net Income shall be distributed by the Committee for the benefit of Belper parish residents in accordance with the Grant Conditions set out in the Herbert Strutt Charity Trust Deed, ie:

  1. the relief of the aged, impotent and poor;
  2. the relief of distress and sickness;
  3. the provision and support of facilities for recreation and leisure time occupation;
  4. the provision and support of educational facilities;
  5. in such other ways as the Committee thinks

Grant Applications

Applications are welcomed from organisations or individuals, either directly or on their behalf, by any of the following recognized third-party organisations:

  • Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre (Colin Hampton)
  • All Belper Schools
  • Hope for Belper
  • Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Derbyshire County Council (Including Social Services)

Before applying, all applicants should read the Grant Conditions and the General Data Protection Policy.