What do you fund? What don’t you fund?
We look to support charities and CIOs working within our funding categories, and prioritise those that are medium-sized (with income between £200,000 and £3 million), have a national footprint and do not receive a significant proportion of income from government or local authority contracts.
We support charities working across the UK (excluding greater London and Northern Ireland), Kenya and Uganda. Grants to UK charities operating in Kenya and Uganda are restricted to those with whom we have an existing relationship.
A list of grants made since 2012 can be found here.
We fund a wide range of activities and core costs. Our eligibility quiz includes details of what we don’t fund.
Do you have application deadlines?
No, we accept applications on a rolling basis. Our Trustee meetings are in February, June and October. We recommend applying at least 3 months in advance of the meeting at which you want your application to be considered. If your application is not being taken forward to the Trustee meeting we try to inform you as soon as possible: we aim to do this within a month of receiving the application.
Can I discuss an application with you before I apply?
We are always happy to discuss potential applications. Before you get in touch, please review our eligibility quiz which you can find on our Apply page. In place of guidelines, this quiz should help you determine your eligibility.
What is the age range for the Youth Opportunities category?
In our Youth Opportunities category, we generally define ‘young person’ as someone aged 25 or under. However, many of the activities eligible for funding under Youth Opportunities (for example, mentoring, skills development or providing access to training) are also eligible for consideration under General Welfare if reaching older groups. If your application is for work which is primarily targeted at people aged 26 and over, we would recommend applying under our General Welfare category.
What can I expect as an applicant/grantee and how do you make decisions?
As a first step, we ask applicants to complete an online form.
If your application is eligible, we will conduct extensive desk-based research. We will likely ask for further financial and impact measurement information. This stage normally takes 2-3 weeks.
The staff team will review your application alongside others in the pipeline. Our review will vary depending on the nature of the work, but will prioritise those that fit most closely with the Trust’s funding categories, make a credible case for achieving the outcomes intended (taking into account the charity’s track-record and learning and evaluation processes), represent value for money and demonstrate that they work effectively in the ecosystem.
If we decide to take the application forward to the Sub-Committee, we will be in touch to arrange a visit or online meeting. If we decide not to take the application forward, we let you know as soon as possible and will endeavour to provide feedback. This decision is made by the staff team – although Trustees are often consulted and all declined applications are ratified by the full Board.
In early June, October and February, a Sub-Committee of Trustees meets to discuss the appeals that have been visited by staff and decided which to take forward to the Board meetings later in those months. This decision is based on a consideration of the staff team’s recommendation.
We let all applicants know the outcome of their appeal via email, including those that are unsuccessful. If you haven’t heard from us after one month, please check you spam/junk folder, as occasionally emails sent via our CRM are caught in spam filters. Otherwise, please feel welcome to telephone the office to ask or an update.
If you are awarded a grant, we will let you know shortly following the Board meetings in February, June and October. You will be ask for information so that we can make a payment to you. Once this information has been received, it usually takes a week for the payment to be made. Once a payment has been made, we aim to be in touch when we can be helpful. We ask for a formal report when the funding has been expended (normally 12 months following each payment).
Is my application likely to be successful?
There is high competition for our funds. In 2020/21 approximately 1 in 5 applicants were awarded a grant.
How much can I apply for?
We advise applicants to apply for what they need, however as a guide, our average grant is between £25,000-£35,000 p.a.
How soon can I reapply?
We do not insist on a gap between applications from the same charity, however if planning to reapply after receiving a grant, please ensure you submit your final report first.
We do not normally accept applications within a year of a grant payment from us. However, we will consider making an exception, provided: all of our funding has been expended (if it hasn’t all been expended, we could potentially consider a change of grant use rather than a new application); the need is time sensitive e.g. the work has to be done asap to have the desired impact, or the charity is in urgent financial need; and we are assured on the quality of the work. It is worth being aware that in these circumstances, we are likely to ask for financial documents at the first stage, such as management accounts. This is so that we can understand the financial position of the charity. We are also likely to ask to shadow delivery or speak to other funders, if we don’t know your work well.
Can we give feedback/complain to The Dulverton Trust?
We are always interested in hearing from organisations and individuals who have interacted with The Dulverton Trust and we are currently seeking feedback on our processes via a short anonymous survey. We are particularly interested in areas where those who have interacted with us think we could improve. We review the feedback on a weekly basis and use it to inform changes to our processes. You can find our survey here.
It is possible to use this form to make a complaint. If you would like this to be responded to, please complete the field asking for your email address.
We are an unsuccessful applicant – can we discuss the decision in more detail with the Trust?
We welcome feedback or comments from unsuccessful applicants about their experience. To facilitate this, we operate a feedback process, as set out above. If you would like to speak to a member of the team about the decision made or the application process itself in more detail, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All feedback is acted upon according to our internal feedback process. It might be helpful to note that all applications – including those that are unsuccessful – are discussed at our weekly team meetings and reviewed closely by the Director. All decisions on the outcome of applications are ratified by the Trustee Board. Therefore applicants can be assured that all levels of the Trust has sight of every application.