ScottishPower Foundation – General Grants

Grants are available to registered charities in the UK for projects that support education, environmental protection, arts, culture and social initiatives.

Grants of between £35,000 and £150,000 are available. The average grant in the past three years was £60,000.

Grants are available for one year only. Projects must must start between 31 March 2025 and 31 December 2025 and be completed within 12 months.

Charities registered with one of the UK charity regulators for at least one full year are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have:

  • An active board of at least three unrelated trustees.
  • At least one year of published accounts covering a 12-month operating period that show as received on the relevant charity regulator website.
  • A set of last published accounts showing their income was greater than £75,000 but does not exceed £10 million.
  • A bank account into which the funding is to be made that is not based in a restricted country (ie tax haven, high corruption risk or sanctioned country).
  • A written safeguarding policy that has been reviewed by the Board of Trustees within the last two years if the organisation works with children and/or vulnerable adults.

Application must address at least one of the ScottishPower Foundation’s strategic aims:

  • Education, training and research – with the following specific objectives:
    • STEM: inspiring young people to pursue qualifications and a career in STEM in order to contribute to energy sustainability.
    • Raising aspirations: addressing society’s educational needs by inspiring and challenging the next generation through innovation.
  • Biodiversity and climate change – with the following specific objectives:
    • Environmental protection or improvement: protecting and enhancing the environment.
    • Habitat conservation: contributing to the protection and conservation of habitats and enhancing biodiversity.
    • Knowledge and research: developing new solutions to the challenge of climate change.
  • Art and culture – with the following specific objectives:
    • Restoration, development and conservation: protecting and safeguarding artistic and cultural heritage.
    • Cultural initiatives: celebrating diversity and cultural identity through the arts.
  • Social initiatives – with the following specific objectives:
    • Economic security: alleviating poverty, including in-work poverty, caused by the cost-of-living crisis.
    • Economic opportunity: supporting entrepreneurship and skills development for the most vulnerable groups.

The Foundation particularly welcomes applications that will support the most vulnerable people in society.

Funding is for the delivery of specific projects and not for general unrestricted running costs. This can include salary costs.

Applications for the 2025 round of funding will open on 1 July and close on 19 July 2024.

Guidance notes and an online eligibility pre-application form can be found on the ScottishPower Foundation’s website. Applicants should complete this pre-application form to confirm eligibility, they will then be sent a link to the full application form.

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