The John Ellerman Foundation was set up in 1971 as a generalist grant-making trust. It is a 'responsive funder'.
The Foundation aims to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world. Support is available for charitable work in the arts, environment and social action. The Foundation is keenly aware of the connections between these areas and their effects on each other and on people’s health and happiness.
The Foundation 'likes to support smaller organisations whose work has reach and significance across the UK' and 'looks for charities that have a national footprint'.
Funding is available to registered, excepted or exempt charities that are doing work that has a national footprint or a wide reach, such as working in more than one country, region or county. Occasionally organisations that work locally may receive funding if the work has national significance through good potential for replication or being rolled out on a larger scale.