Arts & Culture

We all must support the arts, as it is our culture. It makes us better people. It makes us happy; it gives us empathy and shows us how to live. It is so important. – Imelda Staunton 

Through heritage, culture and arts so much can be learnt and kept for future generations. The charity wants to support individuals that have a talent or special project that they want to create. A project can be a work of art, a musical talent, or may be a restoration project.

Charitable Purpose

We believe in giving someone a chance, to work towards a great achievement or simply take a helping hand. Making a difference in one persons life, means making a world of difference to me – John Sykes

The foundation has been established to support individuals that live in and around the Reading area.
The Trustees will consider an application for support if it is genuine and will have a direct impact on an individual. Each application will be assessed on individual merit.


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced – James Baldwin

Life may have been changed by a disability or it may be a part of everyday life. The foundation wants to support individuals who may need help as a result of a disability or support when facing a newly diagnosed condition.


Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela

The Foundation wants to give people the opportunity to improve their lives through education and training. The opportunity to develop, grow and learn new skills will enable people to fulfill future hopes, dreams and aspirations.


He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything – Thomas Carlyle

The charity will support individuals who have a genuine need for medical support. It may be a piece of equipment to help everyday life or specialist treatment that may be out of reach.


Sport fosters many things that are good, teamwork and leadership – Daley Thompson

Amateur sport brings great opportunities for a healthy lifestyle, sporting career and achieving a personal goal. The foundation offers support and encouragement to individuals who live in and around the Reading area that have aspirations or dreams to reach milestones in the world of sport.



The science of today is the technology of tomorrow – Edward Teller

The foundation will support the advancement of science and technology. If an individual has a new idea to develop and needs a helping hand the John Sykes Foundation will consider an application for support.


We want to hear from you. Please consider what sort of support you need and why. We have different levels of grant applications. You can find out how to apply here.

When you make an application it’s important to give us as much information as possible so that a decision can be made regarding whether or not a grant can be awarded and how much for.

Due to the way in which the committee agrees the grant process, decisions can be made fairly quickly if necessary. Please ensure that you are clear about time frames within your application.