Frequently Asked Questions
The information on this site has been prepared with great care, to give potential applicants as much detail as possible about their eligibility, or otherwise, for the Foundation's various initiatives and funding strands. Please be sure to read closely all the criteria outlined in the relevant section(s), together with the guidelines on procedures and deadlines. However, please contact the office if, after reading this site, you still have outstanding queries: we will be happy to help.
Who is eligible to apply?
Registered charities with interests in the sectors detailed here are welcome to apply. Potential applicants should note that their organisation must be a registered charity to be eligible. Unfortunately, the Foundation does not fund projects retrospectively and will not support applications from individuals or general appeals and circulars. It should be noted that the following are rarely funded: projects outside the UK; staff posts; local branches of national charities; academic or project research; and conference costs.
How much should I apply for?
The Foundation grants (through the Main Grants Programme) range in size from less than £5,000 to in excess of £1m. It is up to the applicant to decide how much to apply for and it is worth bearing in mind that large grants are rare. The Foundation is frequently overcommitted so please be realistic with the funds you approach us for.
What if I am seeking funding inbetween Trustees meetings?
Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot approve grants except at its Trustees meetings. As there is no fixed schedule for these, you may have to wait some time for a decision. It is therefore advisable to apply to us well in advance of your funding deadline.
What if I am not a registered charity?
Only registered charities may apply through the Main Grants Programme. Individuals are not eligible to apply to the Foundation through any route.
How quickly can I expect a response from the Foundation?
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of applications. If you have included a stamped, self-addressed envelope you can expect a decision on your application within four to six weeks.
Do you fund projects in the Republic of Ireland?
Unfortunately the Foundation very rarely funds projects outside the United Kingdom.
Can schools apply?
The main channel for schools applications is the Small Grants Programme, which is specifically targeted at supporting initiatives for children and young people in and out of school. It is highly unlikely that schools would be supported through the Main Grants Programme.