The Foundation awards grants for capital, project and revenue costs to UK registered charities working within the UK in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage.
The Foundation offers two levels of funding, which can be used towards capital, revenue or project costs:
- Regular Grants of up to £100,000.
- Major Grants of £100,000 and above. (When awarding major grants, the Foundation typically expects the project and organisation’s overall annual income to be in excess of £1 million.)
Typically grants are made for a single year; however, the Trustees may consider a multi-year request for up to three years for previously successful applicants, provided they can demonstrate that a longer term commitment will add value to their organisation’s objectives.
Match funding is required. The Foundation recommends that applicants have around half of their funding identified before applying. Grants tend to be for 10% to 20% of the applicant’s total project costs.
Applications will be accepted from:
- UK registered charities.
- Charitable Incorporated Organisations
- Exempt and excepted under Charity Commission guidance
To be eligible, applicants must have at least one year’s worth of annual accounts and submit one of the following:
- Their annual accounts, independently audited or examined
- A copy of their Charity Commission annual return.
Projects should fall within at least one of the following categories:
- Arts – Support for a wide range of organisations (from small community theatre groups to national arts galleries) that engage with a variety of audiences and that can demonstrate their impact and quality.
- Community – A large volume of grants are made every year to community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers. The majority of projects tend to be relatively small compared to other categories due to their local grass-roots nature, and correspondingly the grants made tend to be smaller in comparison. Typical projects supported include revenue grants for volunteering schemes and capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres and for facilities to support community life.
- Education – Grants to support education, from small local projects such as reading schemes and after school clubs, to major institutions such as universities.
- Environment – Grants to support a range of environment projects ranging from organisations that raise public awareness of, and find solutions to, specific issues such as sustainable fishing, in addition to charities that undertake active conservation work.
- Faith – Grants to support simple but practical projects that enable religious buildings to be used for an inclusive range of charitable purposes by their local communities. Capital grants include funds towards the installation of basic amenities such as lavatories and kitchen facilities and for restoration works to historic church buildings.
- Health – Grants range from specialist care homes and hospices, charities specialising in the treatment and support for specific illnesses, to translational research focusing on medical breakthroughs that will benefit generations now and in the future.
- Museums and Heritage – Grants to support organisations that conserve and interpret the nation’s heritage for future generations, ensuring it is accessible and available to all.
- Welfare – Grants for charities that work with a variety of causes and groups including the elderly, homeless, disability and special needs and those in the criminal justice system. Grants made reflect a charity’s size and the nature of the work or project being undertaken.
- Youth – Grants for charities that consistently demonstrate the commitment of volunteers and professionals across the country to support and inspire young people to achieve their potential. This includes small local groups, such as girl guides and youth clubs to larger national youth development charities.