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What do you mean by 'officially recognised charitable status?

This comprises charities in the UK that:
  • are registered in England and Wales with the Charity Commission
  • are registered in Scotland with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)
  • have UK exempt or excepted status





Do you have application deadlines?
We have no deadlines or closing dates. Our Trustees award grants three times a year in February, June and October. Please remember to apply in plenty of time, especially if funding is required by a certain date, because the selection process can take between three to six months.


Is my application likely to be successful?
We give very careful consideration to all applications that fall within our guidelines. Unfortunately, requests for grants always exceed the funds available and many will be unsuccessful, particularly where there are several similar applications within the same area of activity.


What size grants do you give?
Our average grant last year was £24,000. However, the amount you request should be the amount you need (i.e. the cost of the project or activity, less funds already raised or pledged towards it).


How soon can we re-apply?
We no longer insist on a gap between applications from the same charity.


How long are your grants awarded for?
Most of our awards are single payments over a one-year period. We will consider longer-term support (usually up to three years), however this is generally restricted to charities that have previously received a grant from us.


What reporting do you require?
Our monitoring is straightforward. We simply ask our grant holders to report their progress to us no later than one year after their grant was awarded, using our online reporting form.


Why do you not support charities in London?
The Trustees feel that since there are many other grant-makers that support charities operating in Greater London, the Trust’s limited funds can at present be put to better use elsewhere. But note that it is sometimes possible to consider charities operating in London if their work is not primarily of benefit to those living in the capital. Trustees regularly review our grant-making policy and any changes will be posted on this website.


Why do you not support charities in Northern Ireland?
Because there continues to be a higher level of government funding available for charitable work in Northern Ireland. Trustees regularly review our grant-making policy and any changes will be posted on this website.


Do you give grants for projects concerned with disabilities?
For many years, projects concerning disabilities have generally been excluded from the Trust’s activities, although exceptions were made from time to time for young people with physical disabilities. Following a strategic review, our Trustees have determined that no further applications relating to disabilities will generally be considered because of the widespread support available elsewhere. People with disabilities can, of course, benefit from projects which fall under the areas of activity listed under ‘Guidelines’. Trustees regularly review our grant-making policy and any changes will be posted on this website.