What do you support?

We support any project for a charity, church, school, college or university or properly constituted not-for-profit organisation. No scheme is too big or too small for consideration and recent grants have ranged in size from £900 to £150,000.

How can we apply?

You can use the online application form. Please read through our guidelines to make sure you include all the information we need.

Do we need to be a registered charity?

Yes, unless you are a faith-based organisation, an established place of education, or a properly constituted not-for-profit organisation such as a CIO.

Why do you need to see our accounts?

As a charity, we need to ensure that our grants are being awarded to organisations which have the necessary financial understanding to operate a well run organisation irrespective of size or income.  Please submit your most recent sets of accounts or submit audited or independently examined accounts, or an income/expenditure spreadsheet depending on the size of your organisation.  

You should also make sure you have given us relevant financial details – such as the total cost of the project and the amount of money that has already been raised or pledged.

Will you come and visit us?

In most instances, a representative of the Trust will arrange to visit you in order to get more background information. This is your chance to provide any further background information and to make sure they have a full understanding of the project and its potential benefits.

How and when will we know if we have been successful?

We will contact all applicants, by email and/or post, within a few weeks of the Trustees meeting

If we are successful, when will we receive the money?

Any financial support will not be paid until the money is required – for example, when the project has started – and when you have used all other resources allocated to the project. However, once a grant has been awarded, it will be ring-fenced until needed.

Can we claim for retrospective costs?

No, work should not have commenced or costs incurred prior to a decision being taken by the trustees.  We do not offer retrospective funding for projects already started or have been completed ahead of a funding outcome.   


Once a project has received a grant, can we apply for a further grant in the future?

Yes. As long as your application meets the relevant criteria you can apply for additional funding at any time.

What will you ask from us if we receive a grant?

Successful applicants should let the Trust’s representative visit the project following completion, for monitoring purposes. Also, applicants are expected to co-operate with any communications or publicity the Trustees may wish to organise.


Are there any items that you can’t support?

The Trust needs to be satisfied that the applicant is fully committed to the project and that it will go ahead, so we won’t normally consider an application until at least 25% of the required money has already been raised or pledged.


Who do I contact for further information?