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Guidancefor all applicants

We look for all of the following characteristics
in the organisations and projects that we fund.

Driving change

We favour applicants and projects which could change the way issues are tackled in our society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation, especially ideas which have the potential to be replicable.

Aware of challenges

The organisations we support will demonstrate an awareness of the challenges and opportunities in their field, and how their work complements other organisations in their sector.

Well governed

We want to see that applicants are well governed and managed, and that they have the necessary skills and expertise to deliver their objectives. 

A compelling case

Organisations need to make a compelling case regarding why they are best placed to deliver the proposed activity. 

Positive change

The organisations we support will be able to explain why they believe their activities will lead to positive change for users and how they will gather evidence to demonstrate this.

Experts in your field

Applicants will have demonstrable evidence that they are experts in their field, having an excellent understanding of the needs of their client groups and how to support people to bring about change. 

What does an applicant need to demonstrate?

Applicants need to demonstrate that their plans to deliver the work are realistic and achievable, including how it will ensure its sustainability beyond the life of the grant. 

What type of work do you prefer to fund?

We prefer to fund work which brings clear and direct benefits to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This means that we are more likely to fund front-line organisations and will only fund second-tier or research organisations for projects which have a demonstrable benefit to end users. 

Do you only fund small organisations?

We fund charitable, not-for-profit and organisations. Whilst we are not excluding large, national organisations or ‘household name charities’ for consideration, the applicant would have to demonstrate that they are the only organisation in a position to tackle a particular problem. 

Can the grant go towards salaries & project costs?

We will consider funding salaries and project costs (including a reasonable contribution to overheads or on-costs) for up to two years. We do consider grants towards an organisation’s core costs but we only tend to award these when an organisation is making a step-change in the way that it works or during the transition period. 

What is a typical range for a grant?

Our grants typically fall in the range of £10,000 – £75,000 per annum for up to two years. We prefer to fund alongside others as we are unlikely to be able to fund your project in full. 

How do you decide the amount?

We will also consider the size of your request relative to your overall turnover. Small, newer organisations in particular are unlikely to receive a larger grant from us if that would equate to more than 10% of total income. 

What else do you look for?

We consider that organisations with high levels of unrestricted reserves are in less need of our funding. This means that organisations with more than nine months’ running costs in unrestricted reserves are less likely to receive support. 

At the same time, organisations with tiny reserves or an overall deficit will need to convince us that their organisation is viable, and they are taking action to increase reserves. 

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If you have further questions, please contact Glen Fendley, Director of Foundation

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