Who Can Apply
Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals. School PTAs and Friend groups are not eligible to apply. We are unlikely to support newly set up charities without a track record.
Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. We take into consideration your latest complete financial year, however, if you expect your turnover to exceed £150,000 in your current financial year, you are unlikely to be supported.
Please note that competition is intense; we receive many more applications than we are able to fund.
What the Foundation will Fund
Our focus will be to make one-year grants only, to cover core costs, projects, essential equipment or building projects.
Our priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community.
If applying for funding towards a capital project please apply towards the end of your fundraising campaign, when the majority of funding has been raised and you have an estimated start date for the works. We are unlikely to consider a request if the lease is less than 10 years. If your application is successful, the pledged grant offer is only valid for 12 months. Please note that the Foundation does not fund feasibility studies.
Applicants must show how any grant will make a significant difference to their current work.
Charities can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000. Please note that if successful, the Trustees may award less than the amount requested.
When Can You Apply?
There are no deadlines – online applications can be submitted at any time. Once received, it will take up to four months, occasionally longer, to receive a decision from Trustees.
If a previous application is declined, the charity is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date.