Applying For A Grant

Talbot Village Trust helps communities in east Dorset to live well.  We help to transform lives, by providing grants to charities and other local impact organisations.

The Trust’s area of benefit is east Dorset, including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Purbeck.


Please read the policy carefully to ensure that your organisation’s application can be accepted. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact for a brief conversation before applying. You can contact Louise on  - she’ll respond as soon as possible.


1. Eligibility

The Trust awards grants to registered charities and organisations that can demonstrate their charitable purposes.

Organisations that can apply are:

    • Registered Charities including Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO)
    • Constituted community/voluntary organisations and associations
    • Faith organisations that are requesting funds to support activities with the wider community
    • State schools, but not for projects that should be supported by statutory funding
    • Industrial and Provident Societies e.g. Housing Associations
    • Community Interest Companies (CIC) Limited by Guarantee and/or Social Enterprises limited by guarantee that have a clear not-for-profit clause in their governing document and clear charitable or social objectives.

To be eligible, organisations must have a management committee, Board of Trustees or Board of Directors with at least 3 unrelated people as members.  Funding is not available to private companies.

To meet our criteria:

  • Your organisation must be located or have a base within our area of benefit - Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Purbeck or East Dorset.
  • Your proposed activities will benefit people within our area of benefit
  • You have raised or are in the process of raising at least 25% of the funding that you require
  • You have a clear case for support, i.e. why the funding is needed, what difference it will make, and how you can deliver it
  • Your application is submitted in advance of the relevant deadline.


2.  Deadlines for submission 

The Trust meets twice a year to consider applications:

Deadline for applications                        Trust decision

31st July                                                         November

31st January                                                  May

Applications must be submitted prior to the stated deadlines.  To submit your application, please use our official form - see below.  We cannot consider your application via letter.

If you wish to discuss an idea for an application or grant, please contact who will be happy to advise you further.


3.  The application form

All requests for funding must be submitted on an online application form available through our website. If you’re thinking of applying, please contact , to arrange an informal conversation about your project and our application process.

Online application forms require organisations to set out the details of their proposal.  How have you identified the need; who will benefit from your activities; how will you make a difference and how will you measure and monitor the outcomes of the project?  You'll need to provide a breakdown of your budget and indicate how you'll meet match funding requirements.

You'll also need to supply the following information as part of the application form:

  • You'll need to indicate that your organisation holds a valid bank account with at least two unrelated signatories. The details of your bank account (name, sort code, account number) will only be requested if your organisation is awarded a grant.
  • If not publicly available, we may request your constitution or governing document.  We'll need to know that your organisation holds a valid constitution and understand how it is governed.
  • You'll need to submit audited or independently examined accounts or an income/expenditure spreadsheet depending on the size of the organisation.  It will demonstrate the financial position of the organisation regarding income, expenditure, loans, liabilities etc. New organisations without annual accounts may submit a financial forecast as an alternative.
  • You'll need to submit your safeguarding policy if your organisation undertakes activities involving children, young people or vulnerable adults.

In exceptional circumstances where organisations have difficulties with our online process, we may accept hard copy versions of the application form. Please get in touch to find out more. 


4.  Exclusions

Grants will not be awarded to the following types of activity or organisations:

    • Animal welfare organisations unless for assistance therapy
    • One-off events with limited longer-term benefit
    • Applications made by individuals, except in exceptional circumstances
    • Where the application is to repay a loan or previous commitment
    • Retrospective funding – grants for work that has already started or been completed
    • To fund the cost of repairs to churches and church buildings, unless these benefit the wider community
    • Where the application is purely concerned with the environment and not linked to local community-based sustainability efforts
    • Where the application is from an independent or fee paying school, unless the application is to assist those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Where the application is from a local authority school, unless the application is to meet expenditure which is clearly outside of the scope of funding for which the State should be responsible
    • Public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations
    • Projects for items/ refurbishment which are the responsibility of the applicant’s landlord
    • Projects where statutory funding has been withdrawn and/or where the proposed project is duplicating an existing service
    • Swimming pools, unless for specific therapeutic reasons
    • To fund research including medical research
    • Provision of broadband


5.  Funding Programmes

We run a direct funding programme, the deadlines of which are advertised twice yearly on our website, social media and through our networks.



6.  Types of costs that can be applied for?


Capital Costs

Capital costs are the costs incurred in buying tangible items.  Examples are in the list below, but this is not an exhaustive list. Please do get in touch to find out more. 

  • an office or building for the charity to use
  • refurbishment of an existing building
  • computers or other IT hardware
  • outdoor play equipment or camping equipment
Revenue Costs

These are costs associated with a project or service. This could include:

  • the salaries of the staff involved in delivering the service
  • hire of rooms
  • training on specific skills related to service delivery
  • transport
  • resources for use in the service

This is not an exhaustive list; your project may have other direct costs. These costs are only incurred because the project is taking place.


Core Costs

These are costs relating to the day-to-day running of the charity and are sometimes called running costs, indirect costs or overheads. They include:

  • rent
  • utilities and broadband rental
  • governance costs
  • accountancy and audit costs;
  • insurance
  • senior management and admin/finance/HR staff salaries  

We will consider core costs in exceptional circumstances e.g. where there is a strong case to support an organisation through a particular crisis period. Contact us for more information.


7.  How are applications assessed?

Each application is considered carefully as we assess local needs, evidence of effectiveness, perceived impact, value for money and sustainability of the investment.

  • On receipt of the application, the Trust assesses eligibility and carries out due diligence checks based on the supporting documents supplied. We also consider the fit of the proposal to the charity’s grant giving aims.
  • Ineligible applications will not proceed to the next review point.
  • Eligible applications typically receive a visit or follow-up phone call by a member of staff to discuss their application in more detail. This provides us an opportunity to find out more about your organisation.
  • All applications are presented to the Philanthropy Committee (a subset of the Board of Trustees) for further assurance and scrutiny. Applications are scored on a 4 point rating system. 
  • The Philanthropy Committee comprises at least two trustees (one acts as the Chair) who review the applications. They may call upon external experts or others who bring knowledge of particular communities or areas as well as hearing further from the Grants team. Any commentary from staff is for guidance only.
  • An assessment summary of all eligible applications with recommendations for funding are put forward to the full Trustee meetings. The Trustees’ decision is final.


8.  Notifying applicants of the Trustee decisions

  • All applicants are notified of the Trustees’ decision within three weeks of the Trustee meeting through a Grant Letter which issues Terms and Conditions of the award.
  • Dependent on the level of funding, formal grant agreements may also be issued to successful applicants.


9.  Drawing down funds

  • Successful applicants have to evidence that they have met the match funding requirement prior to drawing down the Trust award.
  • Payments are made to the organisation’s bank account only.
  • Awardees are allowed a two year period from the date of award in which to draw down funds. We would strongly encourage successful applicants to inform us at the earliest opportunity if they are unlikely to be able to access the funding within that time period.   We are able to review revised timelines where appropriate.


10.  Project monitoring and evaluation

  • Requests to amend or change the terms of a grant will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. 
  • We require awardees to submit monitoring reports, as requested, and an impact report at the end of the grant period.
  • It is a requirement that successful applicants follow our PR and logo guidelines when promoting their projects. Contact for more information at 
  • The Trust is keen to give active support to organisations where possible.


11.  Feedback from applicants

We welcome feedback from all applicants on our application process and we are continually looking at ways to improve our processes and to support applicants and awardees.

We aim to listen to and work in partnership with grantees, prospective grantees and other stakeholders in an open and transparent manner in order to make a difference to east Dorset.


We welcome applications that can apply ideas, initiatives and learning to emerging and unmet needs.


Please fill in your details below and we will contact you as soon as possible.

We would advise writing your application in Word and copying into the form to ensure you don't miss anything.



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