The Emerald Foundation

The Emerald Foundation, the charitable arm of Emerald Group, was established in 2008 by the Owner, Keith Howard OBE, who wished to support charities in the local area where the company was founded, West Yorkshire. The Foundation was created to cope with the enormous number of requests received from charities each year.

The aim of the Foundation is to support four main areas:

  1. Performing Arts
  2. Sport
  3. Animal Welfare
  4. Education

Performing Arts

The Emerald Foundation supports over eight charities within this area, some of them include:

  • Opera North
  • Northern Ballet
  • Geraldine Connor Foundation
  • Grand Futures

Examples of how The Emerald Foundation supports these charities:

Opera North: The Foundation contributed to the redevelopment and renovation of the Grand Theatre in Leeds, the home of Opera North. They also contribute to the Opera North Future Fund to provide continuing support to the development of opera, based at the Grand Theatre, in all its aspects.

‘Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby’, photo credit Guy Farrow

Northern Ballet: The Foundation has supported Northern Ballet for a number of years in various ways, including sponsoring the production of brand new large scale ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Casanova and The Little Mermaid. The Foundation support allows Northern Ballet to recreate and perform a triple bill of works by a master choreographer, create and tour existing children’s ballets, and expand their digital reach and platforms to build and diversify audiences.

‘Thanks to your commitment, we have been able to attract new audiences and inspire even more communities through our innovative, high quality work’.

Northern Ballet


The two main organisations supported in this area are Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Leeds Rugby Foundation.

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation provides cricket based education and community programmes across Yorkshire. Their work falls under five themes which are Education, Health & Wellbeing, Participation, Inclusion and History & Heritage.

They engage with schools throughout the academic year. Cricket in the Classroom engages with over 4000 children a year and, along with the Emerald Education Day (which takes place each year), more and more children are benefiting from their work.

2011 saw the opening of the Yorkshire Cricket Museum which was achieved through the support of the Emerald Foundation.

Leeds Rugby Foundation

Leeds Rugby Foundation’s mantra is “Changing lives through Sport”. They deliver a range of projects under the themes of Sport, Health, Education and the Arts to children and adults of many different groups, including primary and secondary schools and community rugby clubs.

Animal Welfare

The Foundation supports over ten charities within this area, some of them include:

  • Whitehall Dog Rescue
  • Hope Pastures
  • Moorview rescue

An example of how The Emerald Foundation helps Whitehall Dog Rescue:

Whitehall Dog Rescue was set up by Brian Wheelhouse in 1992 after finding out that stray and unwanted dogs collected by dog wardens, or handed in to the police, had a very short time to live if they didn’t find a home. Whitehall is dedicated in its quest to save the lives of these unwanted dogs. They aim to provide the best facilities possible for the rescue dogs and operates a strict NO KILL policy. Through the support of the Emerald Foundation they  have been able to improve their facilities and increase the number of dogs they are able to rescue.


The Foundation provides opportunities for children living in disadvantaged areas to attend selected schools and universities in the areas of Leeds and Bradford.

Support and Funding from The Emerald Foundation

Our financial year is 1 January – 31 December, and twice a year consideration will be given to who might be the recipients of funds available. Any applications for support will, therefore, be held over until the next half yearly meeting.


The mode of communication with the Foundation will be limited strictly to the following:

In writing to Sylvia Hall at:

The Emerald Foundation, Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley, BD16 1WA

By e-mail to Sylvia Hall: [email protected]

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