The David Ross Foundation was established in 2007 as a grant-making charity working in England and Wales. The foundation’s ethos stems from a strong belief that every child can do something well and to that end it helps children discover their strengths and fulfil their potential by offering them a diverse range of educational opportunities.
Most recently, a £1.5 million donation has been made to the Lincoln Castle Revealed project to build a new underground vault - the David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault - to house Lincoln’s copy of the Magna Carta (one of only 4 copies surviving). It will offer workshops, guided tours and other cross-curricular activities for primary and secondary schools in line with the National Curriculum as well as adding to the important cultural history of Lincoln.
The foundation has also supported major arts projects including the development of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London and the ongoing redevelopment of the home of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). In partnership with Nottingham University, the foundation is a lead sponsor of the Nottingham Potential Programme; a programme seeking to help some of the most deprived young people in the East Midlands to reach University.
The foundation has also recently donated a significant sum to the University for the development of a new sports village to be called the David Ross Sports Village. Construction started in February 2015 and should be completed by the end of June 2016. Through its support of the Nevill Holt Opera, which was founded by David in 2013 at his home, Nevill Holt Hall in Leicestershire, students including those from academies sponsored by DRET take part in the education programme run by the Opera. A number of students from DRET academies have also had the opportunity to perform in the children’s chorus of these world class productions.
To date, the David Ross Foundation has given approximately £20 million to charity.
The David Ross Education Trust (DRET) sponsors primary and secondary academies in the East Midlands, East of England and Yorkshire regions. DRET currently has 29 primary and secondary schools in its network, including a grammar school and a special school.
DRET provides a strong ethos for its academies and believes children should have a well rounded education with opportunities to excel in their individual strengths. Sports, music and arts all play a very important role alongside academia.
John Ross was passionate about Grimsby and its local community. The fund’s objective is to help foster community cohesion; develop a culture of mutual volunteering between differing age groups and communities; reinforce a sense of community with projects run ‘by the community for the community’ and to alleviate hardship in the most deprived urban areas.
The community fund aims to support local organisations and charities with grants ranging from £250 to £1,000.