In 2009, the Finnis Scott Foundation was set up, with a small group of Trustees, with the dual aims of helping to fund artistic, art historical, horticultural or botanical projects, thus being true to the abiding interests of David and Valerie. In the last five years, over one million pounds has been given away in grants to a great variety of projects (see Awards page), with the emphasis on helping to train young professionals in both major fields of interest. The first award went to the Watts Gallery in Surrey, where the most popular Victorian painter of his time is celebrated, and where there is a major programme of renovation and expansion.
The Trustees will only usually consider grants of between £500 and £10,000, although, exceptionally, larger grants may be considered at the Trustees’ discretion. Both corporate and private individuals may apply although in the case of private individuals, the Trustees usually require a grant to be made through a sponsoring university or registered charity.