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Key Points

Below are some of the key points that we would like you to pay particular attention to when completing your application:

The likely amount of a grant

You can specify an amount, but it is not necessary. Trustees decide how much to award based on all the information contained in the application. Grants are from £1,000 upwards and the majority (roughly 80%) of grants awarded are under £5,000. Grants of over £25,000 are exceptional and are typically awarded to major capital projects. Grants are normally a small proportion of your total budget or shortfall as the Foundation rarely funds a significant proportion (20%+) of a project. For example, if your budget is £30,000 the grant is likely to be between £1,000 and £6,000. The Foundation expects to be one of a number of contributors to a project. Projects with a total budget of under £5,000 should not apply for a grant.

Matched Funding

The Foundation does not offer ‘match funding’ as Trustees normally make grants as a proportion of a total budget or shortfall.

Single and Multi-year funding

Grants are usually paid as single payments in one year but, if considered particularly beneficial to the project, they may be extended over 3 years.

Applications from churches and religious bodies

We receive many requests for funding from churches; those that are successful in receiving a grant host a high proportion of secular activities (i.e. no connection at all with religion or spirituality) that are open access to their local community, as opposed to being accessed mainly by the congregation. Your application needs to provide strong evidence of the range of secular activities and the numbers involved.

The stage in a project when the application should be made

Your project should be sufficiently mature that you expect the grant to be paid out within 2 years of your application. Planning permission will be in place, quotes for the work will have been received and project fundraising will be well underway.

Application deadlines

There are no formal application deadlines. The Trustees meet on a regular basis and we accept applications via our online form all year round.

Application processing time

When you apply online you will receive an automated email with your reference number confirming that your application has been submitted. You should then allow up to six months for a final outcome, although very occasionally it can take longer, and after the initial acknowledgment you may not hear from us during that time.

For projects with budgets of £50,000 and upwards we recommend applying at least six months in advance of your project start date.

To be fair to the hundreds of applicants who apply each year, we review applications in order of receipt. We are therefore unable to fast-track urgent applications.

Sources of advice when applying

You are welcome to contact us to clarify any questions about a potential application. Please ensure that you have first fully read all the points on this page, Eligibility for a Grant, and How to Apply.

As a very small team, it is not practical for us to meet potential applicants at our office. After applying, we may wish to invite you to meet us to discuss your project or we may ask to make a site visit to you.

Online application process

The Foundation uses a simple digital grants management system to aid the efficiency of a small team. Paper applications are not accepted as they slow down the assessment process for all applicants. Please note that applications cannot be saved part way through. We recommend eligible applicants prepare answers in advance, saved in a digital document for future reference, because a copy of the form cannot be emailed to you after submitting. Please see How to Apply for the list of questions.

Annual Reports, audited accounts, annual statements of income and expenditure

Every application must include a recent financial report. If your charity is not required by the Charity Commission to produce accounts, you will need to send us the detailed annual income and expenditure that is reported to your Trustees/Committee, preferably with a Trustee or an accountant’s name and signature. Please also send us a copy of your organisation's most recent bank statement.

Unfortunately we cannot assess your application without appropriate accounts and your application will be automatically declined.

Common Reasons for Rejection

With over a hundred applications a month, applications are typically rejected because the Foundation just does not have the resources available to fund all eligible projects.

Other reasons for rejection include too few details provided to assess the application such as the work involved, the beneficiaries, the management team, the budget (including quotes and project costings), and a clearly expressed fundraising plan.

If you are new to fundraising, there is online advice available; simply search in your internet browser for ‘how to write a fundraising application’.

Feedback

We are not able to provide individual feedback to applicants.

Timescale for Re-application

If you are rejected, you must wait at least 12 months from the date of submitting your previous application. If you received a grant, your project must be completed before reapplying for another capital project.

Method of claiming a pledged grant

Please refer to the Grant Recipients section of our website for a full description.

Post-Project reporting

Please refer to the Grant Recipients section of our website for a full description.

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