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Funding Guidance

As a general grant making trust, the trustees are interested in and support a diverse range of charities. Please see the various categories under Eligibility for a Grant.

The Trustees support capital projects only, not running costs. There is a preference to support projects related to the fabric of a building, rather than small, non-durable items subject to wear and tear such as furniture, appliances, musical instruments and tablets/laptops. Projects with a total budget of under £3,000 should not apply. In cases where grants are made, the projects are expected to be self-financing thereafter.

There are three levels of grant:

  • Small – £1,000 to £5,000
  • Medium – £5,001 to £24,999
  • Large – £25,000 or more

Applicants may suggest a preference for any level of grant, but this has no influence on the amount awarded. Grants are normally a small proportion of the project costs or funding shortfall and the majority of grants (roughly 80%) are ‘small’. Large grants are exceptional and are typically awarded to major capital projects. The Foundation will very rarely fund the full costs (or even 50%) of a project or shortfall as it expects to be one of many contributors to a project.

Grants are usually paid as single payments in a one year period but, if considered particularly beneficial to the project, they may be extended over three years.

Applicants must be charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, with their beneficiaries based in these countries. Applications are considered from all areas of England and Wales, particularly where rural and isolated communities are concerned. On receipt of an application a Trustee or staff member may wish to conduct a visit in order to complete their assessment, prior to any decision being made.

Please see our FAQs page for additional information.

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