Organisation of the Trust
The Trust has its Headquarters at Beit House in Woking,
also has an office in Harare, Zimbabwe, staffed by the Trustís
Representative in Africa and his staff. At present, there are
six Beit Trustees, whose Chairman is Sir Alan Munro, great nephew of the
Founder. The Trustees meet in London twice a year to decide upon the
grants to be allocated. They are advised by a
committee of local Correspondents in Africa, two or three per beneficial
country, who meet shortly before the Trusteesí meetings to give their
expert advice on each application. New grants can be up to £50,000.
The Trust also operates a system whereby contingency grants
of up to £4,000 can be authorised out of committee for subsequent
ratification by Trustees.
The Trustís Finance Committee meets four weeks prior to
full Trusteesí meetings, with the investment managers in attendance, to
address finance and investment policy. In November each year, the
Finance Committee submits a proposed budget of income and expenditure
for the forthcoming year for the Trustees' approval.
Applications for grants are considered on merit. The
Trustees seldom give grants to government organisations, preferring to
support independent institutions, in particular schools, hospitals and
health centres associated with missions. Support is also given to
selected environmental programmes. Trustees seek as far as
practicable to maintain an appropriate distribution of grants between
the three countries and between education, health and welfare. Strict
rules are applied for grants of an infrastructure nature, to ensure that
detailed and serviceable plans are submitted before a grant is paid. In
the case of building grants, the final 25% of a grant is withheld until
completion of the project. Regular visits within the beneficial area by
Trustees, Correspondents, the Representative and the Secretary afford
the opportunity to judge an application before it is considered by the
Trustees, and to see a project under construction, or when it is completed.
The Beit Trust
Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
The Trust offers a small number of
scholarships to Zimbabwe,
Malawi and Zambia nationals. These scholarships can be undertaken at any
university in the United Kingdom or South Africa with which the Trust
is in partnership, for study in a
subject of the individualís choice appropriate to the needs of the
Africa, The Trust offers five-year surgical scholarships administered by
The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).
is a registered charity which supplies schools in the three countries
with second hand but refurbished computers donated by firms in the UK. Several thousand
computers have so far been sent to schools in the beneficial area,
including this one at St Mary's Girls' School in Zomba, Eastern Malawi. The Beit
Trust has provided substantial core funding for this project.
Book Aid International
is a registered charity which supplies a very broad
range of books, educational materials and assistance to beneficiaries in
developing countries worldwide. The Beit Trust makes a major annual
grant to cover logistic costs to the three countries of the beneficial
area, including this one in the Malawi National Library, which was
originally built in 1978 with funds provided by the Beit Trust. In 2016
BAI provided over 300,000 to the three countries.
associated with The Beit Trust
The WWF/Beit Trust Rhino Conservation Project.
This project was
established in 1989 as a joint project with the World Wide Fund for
Nature (WWF). The Trustees then resolved to set aside the sum of
£1,000,000 as a designated fund for preserving the remaining stock of black rhino in
the Trust's beneficial area. The Trust ceased to provide core funding
for the project on 31 December 1998, but an annual grant is still made.
Although the programme was highly successful in
its initial aim of re-establishing a self-sustaining number of black
rhinos, it has been seriously affected by land re-distributions in Zimbabwe
and by continuing demand from markets in East Asia.
Poaching has greatly increased, so Trustees have turned their attention
to ecological education in schools serving
adjacent communal areas, and have extended their support for wildlife
programmes to Malawi and Zambia.
Health and Education Trust)
This trust has for two
decades relied upon Beit Trust logistic support to provide the
publication "Tropical Doctor" to every hospital and clinic in the
Beit beneficial area.