Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd is a Registered Charity, Number 1092723, for the purpose of raising funds to support the SVR. It is commonly referred to on the SVR as "the Charitable Trust", and was originally called the SVR Rolling Stock Trust. Its objectives are to help fund restoration and maintenance projects, to help arrest the decline of heritage engineering skills and to safeguard the long-term future and operational capability of the Railway.
It funds most of the costs of the SVR’s Heritage Skills Training Academy and team of apprentices.
*Income from its endowment Future Fund will allow sustainable investment on the Railway in the years to come. Donations to the Future Fund are being matched, pound for pound, by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of up to £500,000 until June 2017.
*A rolling stock fundraising and restoration project for [[GWR 17410 'Toad' 20T Goods Brake Van | GWR Toad van 17410]] is now underway, in collaboration with the [[The LNER Carriage Group | LNER Carriage Group]].
*The Trust supports the diesel groups' appeal seeking to improve facilities at the [[Diesel Depot |Kidderminster Diesel Depot]] which opened in June 2016.<ref>[http://svrtrust.org.uk/download/get/diesel-appeal-leaflet/107.html Diesel Leaflet]</ref>
*It works with supporters to ensure their wishes are kept when they decide to leave a final legacy to the Railway in their Will.
*It secured an HLF grant of £95,000 towards the restoration of [[GWR 4930 Hagley Hall | 4930 Hagley Hall]] .
*The Trust has worked closely with volunteers from the [[The LNER Carriage Group | LNER Carriage Group]] to raise funds for and in conjunction with Carriage & Wagon to complete the final restoration work on three Gresley teak carriages (7960, 24506 and 52255.) These were splendidly showcased when Flying Scotsman visited the SVR in September 2016.
*It contributed to the annual track re-laying work that took place in 2016 between Eardington and Bridgnorth.
The Charitable Trust owns [[GWR 7819 Hinton Manor]], together with a number of [[Carriages | carriages]] and [[Goods Wagons | goods wagons]]:
*Some of these carriages were formerly owned by a separate body, the L.M.S & B.R. Coach Fund. The Coach Fund donated them to the Charitable Trust in 2007, following which it became a department within the Charitable Trust. The department maintains a [[L.M.S. & B.R. Coach Department Sales Coach | sales coach]] at [[Bridgnorth]].