The Cleary Foundation

Grants for charitable projects in education, the arts, conservation and the natural environment.

Online Application Form

The Cleary Foundation was created in the 1950s by the philanthropic activities and environmental vision of Fred Cleary, CBE. The aims of The Cleary Foundation have always been to assist charities involved in education, the arts, conservation and the natural environment. Today these are charities located for the most part in East Kent.

Fred Cleary

How to apply

If you believe your charity meets these criteria please fill in the Online Application Form, complete it and submit it for our consideration. Our trustees meet bi-annually in April and October. However, in most cases we always aim to respond to your bid application within 28 days of receipt indicating our initial response.

What to expect

The Cleary Foundation is a non-fund raising charity and does not engage in any marketing activities. When a Bid Application is received and logged the data supplied are retained until the Bid has been processed. This is generally completed within 6 months of receipt. Once a Bid has been processed, whether successful or not, all data will be deleted, with the exception of the charity name, number, date of application and outcome of the bid.

Fred Cleary in London

About Fred Cleary

Fred Cleary’s humble family origins in Crouch End, London, provided the impetus for him to start out on his career, working as a Chartered Surveyor whilst slowly building the foundations for his company ‘Haslemere Estates’ in the

1950s which then successfully set about refurbishing many of the City of London’s fine old buildings at a time when it was the norm to demolish and replace with modern characterless glass-clad structures.

Fred’s work in grasping the opportunity to use land or property to fulfil a wider community vision started in inner London. In particular he sought to create green and restful spaces in the City, often working with World War II bomb sites earmarked for development – his books ‘Beauty and the Borough’ and ‘The Flowering City’ detail the extent of his philanthropy, with his tireless work in this area resulting in his nickname ‘Flowering Fred’. Office workers today enjoy their breaks in these oases of the natural world within the City which are also now designated as sites of importance for nature conservation and biodiversity. To find out more about Fred Cleary read his Wikipedia page.

Clear Plaque in the Cleary Garden

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Fred’s most significant legacy in Kent was founding The Bay Trust in 1969, a charity committed to preserving the natural environment in an around St. Margaret’s Bay and delivering environmental education to all ages. The Bay Trust continues this work to the present day improving lives through outdoor learning and connections with nature. The Charity is based at two campuses between Dover and Deal. The sites include a residential centre Rippledown and outdoor classrooms, an award-winning low carbon venue The Pines Calyx, organically managed garden and the popular Pines Garden Tea Room.

Registered Charity No: 242675 • Phone 01304 240 000

Secretary: Terry Cleaver, 16 Castle Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PW

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