Make grants for running costs and not capital expenditure to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work.
Who can apply?
- They only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of 3 years. Newly registered charities may apply but the organisation must have appointed a management committee and adopted a governing document at least 3 years ago.
- Must have a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000.
- Must be undertaking work that focuses on at least one of the priority groups (listed below).
What are the funding priorities
- Priority groups:
- Elderly people.
- Children and young people aged 5 – 25.
- People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges.
- Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical,
origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending).
- Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged,
whether adults or children).
What can you apply for / use the grant for?
- They only make grants for core funding.
- Core funding is defined as the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year. They can not fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. This includes creating a paid post for work that is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis or rent for premises that are currently cost free.
- They will fund running costs for up to three years. Grants are for a maximum of £3,000 per year. Most of their grants are for more than one year because they like to fund ongoing needs. They prefer to make a grant when other funding is coming to an end.
- They prioritise:
- Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders.
- Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people.
- Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers.
- Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning.
- Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self-sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users.
- Applications that do not address at least two of the above are unlikely to receive a grant.
Is there a deadline?
No – submit your application at any time. However, please note that Trustees meet 3 times per year to consider applications and a decision time can take up to 5 months from the date of submission.
Further information and support:
- Contact Joanne Anderson, Trust Secretary on 0191 3893300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding eligibility and/or require assistance with the online application process.
- Website and application form
- You will need to have specific governance in place such as a constitution, accounts, a safeguarding policy, and a well considered budget breakdown. If you require support with this, please contact Herjeet at email@example.com.