Grants for Charitable Purposes to
Organisations or Corporate Projects
The Trustees' focus is presently on grants to individuals, and unsolicited applications from organisations are unlikely to be entertained. When applications from organisations are considered, the Trust is not able to make
very large grants – grants from the Trust at present are mainly in
the range £1,000-£3,000 and rarely go above £5,000. Trustees are
most likely to respond positively to applications which set out a
specific project or activity where a sum of that order would make
a substantial difference. They do not normally contribute to
general appeals for funds, nor to the general running costs of an
organisation, to building appeals, or where the Trustees judge
that a project is primarily of a commercial nature.
How to apply
We do not use an application
form: we prefer to let each applicant present their case in the
way they judge best. However, we do require your presentation to
include an account of the specific purpose or project for which
you require a grant, and a budget for the project, showing both
estimated costs and likely sources of income (so that we can see
where a grant from the Trust would fit into the general picture).
If you have a recent set of annual accounts available, you should
include that too.
These are the minimum
requirements for an application, and for some kinds of project
they may be all that is needed; but it is obviously useful to the
Trust in assessing an application to have any more general
information which you think relevant, for example about the
history and general aims and structure of your organisation.
Applications are assessed when
they are received. However, applications from organisations are not current priorities for the Trustees and you may therefore receive an immediate note declining your application
while the Trustees' priorities are focused on individual applicants. Trustees meet normally in late
March and early September; papers for each meeting are drawn up
about a month beforehand; so if the timing is critical to you, you
should aim to get an application in as soon as possible and in any
event not later than 7th February (for the March meeting) or 7th
August (for the September meeting).
As the Trust
has a particular focus on supporting individuals, grants to
organisations or corporate projects are very rare indeed. Please expect
stiff competition for grants. If the Trust is unable to
support your application for any reason, you will be notified
as early as possible.