We have distributed over £5 million to good causes in Enfield and the wider Lee Valley since our founding in 2004. Learn where the money comes from, what our focus is, how we decide which projects we support and who we are.
Where do we get our all our money from?
We are entirely funded by profits generated by the RSA Island Centre, the retail and business centre at the heart of Enfield Island Village. The Centre comprises the preserved sections of the Grade II listed Royal Small Arms Factory’s Main Machine shop. At the end of every financial year, our trading arm, RSA Island Village, donates their net profit to us to distribute to our carefully selected projects. The diagram below demonstrates this virtuous circle:
What do we support?
As a charity, we support smaller, local charities with a strong track record of delivering projects and accounting for how they have used their grants. The main areas of operation the RSA Trust operates are:
- Creating new businesses
- Supporting business & community businesses
- Providing employment
- Improving the RSA Island Centre environment
- Motivating youth
- Promoting and preserving local heritage
How do we decide who to donate to?
In the first instance a charity or organisation seeking to fund a project should make contact with a trustee of the charity to have an informal discussion about the history of their organisation, its work, its impact and their requirements for the future. If the RSA Trust is interested, the Trust will ask the organisation to fill in an application form (not available online). The organisation should provide as much relevant supporting evidence as possible at this stage. The Board will then consider the application at a quarterly board meeting. If your application is successful you will be informed, along with any conditions attached to funding. These conditions may include, but not be limited to the following:
- Providing a report detailing the outcomes of the project at the end of the funding period
- Helping publicise the RSA Trust through press releases, use of logos on project stationery / publicity materials where appropriate
- Agreeing to seek match funding (and providing evidence) before any grant is released
- Accepting that any grant made by the RSA Trust is subject to available funds at the time
Who are we?
Gary started his career at British Aerospace and IBM before founding Data Connection with six colleagues, a software company based in Enfield. He has also served on the Board of Enfield Enterprise, a director of Lee Valley Estates and is a director of Gamma Land – a company providing holiday lets. Gary was the chairman of RSA Island Village until 2015 and led the team which created the RSA Island Centre. Gary also chairs the RSA Trust and is a trustee of the Youth Trust EIYCT.
Martin is currently Chairman of RSA Island Village Ltd and a trustee of the RSA Trust. He has a background in planning and development having worked for Local Authorities across greater London and, between 1987 to 1997, was the Borough Planning Officer for the London Borough of Enfield. Martin helped to establish the Enfield Enterprise Agency and served on its Board for nearly 30 Years and for a few years as Chairman of the Agency. In 1997, he became a director of Fairview Estates(Housing) Ltd and, having left that position, in 2006 with three colleagues, he was a founding Director of Chase New Homes. Martin is also a director of Gamma Land Ltd.
Michael Polledri MBE
Michael began his career as a chartered accountant at KPMG before establishing Lee Valley Estates, an organisation specialising in commercial lettings and community driven regeneration, serving as its chairman for 30 years. He is a former director of Enterprise Enfield and a trustee of the RSA Trust. As a director of RSA Island Village Ltd, Michael is continually involved in the development and maintenance of the RSA Island Centre.