Small Grants Scheme Guidelines

Revised Guidelines for Applications as at 1 June 2020

The Small Grants Scheme will re-open for new applications from 1 June.  It will operate until further notice under the following revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19.  

The Foundation understands that charities are now operating within very different circumstances since the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.  We are keen to be as flexible as can be in our support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application.

Who Can Apply

Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. 

Please note that we expect competition for funding to be intense and that we will receive many more applications than we are able to fund.  

How Much Can You Apply For

Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

 When Can You Apply?

There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees. 

When an application is declined, the charity is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date. (If you have been declined within the last few months, prior to 1 June 2020, please email us to discuss your specific situation).

If an application is approved, the charity is eligible to re-apply to the Foundation from 12 months after the approval date. Please note that once you have received a grant from The Foundation it is unlikely that you will be a priority for funding in the following year.

Further information here 


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