The R&A
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.

R&A Foundation Scholars

The R&A funds a student scholarship programme to identify and assist the development of student golfers of international standard during their course of study.
The message that golf is open to all has to go out loud and clear.
Former scholars include 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari; 2021 Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama; and Catriona Matthew, the 2009 Women's British Open Champion.
The R&A

Philanthropic Support

To increase the reach and impact of The R&A Foundation, we are now seeking donors who share our passion for golf and all that it can contribute to the world we live in. Working with philanthropic supporters will enable us to deliver more of our initiatives to make golf more accessible, appealing and inclusive. To learn more about how you could play a part in ensuring golf is thriving in 50 years from now and supporting our communities, please get in touch with the team: Caroline Wallard, Director of Philanthropy / Jennifer Hedge, Philanthropy Manager / Jo Walkley, Philanthropy Manager

Key Projects


The R&A’s development of a community, family-focused golf facility project at Lethamhill in Glasgow is an initial focus for fundraising.  The new development, to open in 2023, includes the creation of a nine-hole course, putting greens, short-game area, adventure golf and a floodlit driving range to allow visitors to enjoy a wide range of golf activities. For more information, please contact