The R&A - Working for Golf

The R&A Foundation

The R&A’s primary charitable entity is The R&A Foundation, formed in 2003 (Charity number: SC034817).

The R&A supports golf at all levels from grassroots to the professional game, reinvesting the revenues generated by The Open into its charitable Foundation, which in turn provides grant funding to golf organisations around the world.

These grants advance participation in the sport by providing playing facilities and equipment and by funding golf events, coaching programmes and projects to promote the health benefits of golf.

During 2019, The R&A provided grants totalling £3 million to various projects and initiatives, as well as charitable donations to The R&A Foundation of £5.9 million to support the charity’s work in developing the sport.

For example, The R&A funds golf education and participation projects around the globe, including a student scholarship programme.

Former scholars include 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari (University of Turin); 2021 Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama (Tohoku Fukishi University); and Catriona Matthew (University of Stirling), the 2009 Women's British Open Champion.

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