How to apply

Applications are considered at regular intervals throughout the year. As an application may take up to three months to be considered, please apply early if possible.

In very urgent cases, Trustees have the flexibility to consider applications under £250 outside of meetings.

All applications are assessed on their own merit.

Please read our guidelines carefully. If you have any questions about our application process, including whether you are eligible to apply, please get in touch.

If you feel that your project or request meets our charitable objectives you can start the application process.

Applications can be made:

  1. using our online Application form
  2. by downloading the Application form as a Word Document and sending it to us by email or post

Please ensure that you supply all of the required information as incomplete applications are likely to be delayed.

Grant Refusal Policy

In any one year the Trust receives more applications for funding than it can afford to support. The Trustees go to considerable lengths to ensure that every appeal for funding that is within our stated charitable objectives receives a full and fair hearing.

We inform every applicant of the outcome of their application in writing by post or email as soon as possible but are unable to give feedback on individual applications. This is because of the number of applications we receive and the desire to minimise the costs of administering our grants programme in order to maximise our grants budget.

Whilst Trustees’ decisions are final, the Trust Secretary is available to discuss potential applications with organisations and individuals prior to submission, to consider how projects might fit with our funding priorities and criteria. Applicants can then decide about whether to submit an application.

Complaints Handling Policy

Anyone who has a concern or complaint about any aspect of our service is encouraged to raise this in the first instance informally with the Trust Secretary.

If that is not possible, or the matter is not resolved informally, the complaint should be set out in writing and addressed to the Chairman of Trustees and marked Private and Confidential.

The Chair will investigate the complaint, and will aim to produce a decision, which is final, within 28 working days of receiving the letter. He/she will notify the person or organisation who complained and the reason for the decision.

All written complaints received, together with a copy of the response to the person or organisation who complained, will be notified to the Board of Trustees.

Complaints, both formal and informal, will be monitored, and information from this will be fed in to the planning process as appropriate.

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