Grants to Organisations

Grants to Organisations: How to apply 

Our grants to projects and groups normally range from a few hundred pounds to around £20,000. In 2015-16 we made 51 grants to charities and community groups in the Trust’s area of benefit (see map). These helped with running costs and, occasionally, capital. Some contributed to the core costs of organisations and groups and others were for project funding. You can see more detail in our  Trustees Annual Report and Accounts for 2015-16. There is no strict limit on the size of grant we can make but it is unusual for us to exceed £15,000 and most of our grants are smaller.

Exceptional Grant Allocation

During the course of the previous financial year, Trustees earmarked an additional £50,000 intended to reduce poverty in the Trust’s area of benefit. They received 22 applications for this funding of which 5 were shortlisted.  £50,000 was awarded to Quaker Social Action over two years to train 50 professionals from at least 25 organisations working with residents across the Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust area of benefit to deliver effective, practical and holistic financial education to residents struggling with poverty.

 

Our grants are to address need through preventing or relieving poverty, supporting people who are ill or disabled, working with disadvantaged communities or special needs groups.

Evaluation of Grants

Trust grants are much in demand and Trustees increasingly face tough choices about the work they can support. Grants are given for a period of up to one year. Staff and Trustees may want to visit the organisation before making a decision and may attach specific conditions to any grant offer. An evaluation report will also be requested after the grant has been used (and before consideration of any further request for support).

Regular Funding to Organisations

The Trust is reluctant to repeat support on an annual basis without seeing how an organisation is aiming to strengthen or diversify funding sources and not rely on the Trust.

Exclusions: The Trust is not willing to consider general fundraising appeals, nor any work which does not directly benefit people within its specific area.

Applying for a grant of £1,000 or less.

Applications for up to £1,000 can be fast tracked to provide an answer within one month of the application. Please use either the application form or send a latter detailing;

We can consider applications from organisations which cover an area bigger than our but can only make a grant to assist the part of their work which benefits people from our area of benefit. In the application form we ask questions about the number of people who will benefit from the grant; we need to know the proportion of intended beneficiaries in our area of benefit.

Trust grants are much in demand and Trustees increasingly face tough choices about the work they can support. Grants are given for a period of up to one year. Staff and Trustees may want to visit the organisation before making a decision and may attach specific conditions to any grant offer. An evaluation report will also be requested after the grant has been used ( and before consideration of any further request for support)

Exclusions: The Trust is not willing to consider general fundraising appeals, nor any work which does not directly benefit people within its specific area.

Applying for a larger grant (over £1,000)

Our grants are to address need through preventing or relieving poverty, supporting people who are ill or disabled, working with disadvantaged communities or special needs groups.

Applications for grants of £1,000 or more must be requested on our application form. This can be  downloaded here.

Details required to be included with application

The form asks for:

We can consider applications from organisations which cover an area bigger than our but can only make a grant to assist the part of their work which benefits people from our area of benefit. In the application form we ask questions about the number of people who will benefit from the grant. We need to know the proportion of intended beneficiaries in our area of benefit.

The form is a Word document. Please save it to your computer if you intend to complete it electronically and return the completed form, together with the additional information requested either by email or in the post. Applications can be typed or handwritten.

Timing of Application

Grant applications are considered by a sub committee of the Trustees (Grants Committee) and large grants reviewed by the whole Trustee Board. We are happy to accept applications at any time in the year but if they are received less than four weeks before a Grants Committee meeting, they may need to be held over to the next quarter. Meetings of the Grants Committee for 2019 are scheduled for 30th January, 16th April, 17th July and 30th October.

All applications for funding of summer playschemes should be submitted in time for consideration by the Grants Committee on 16th April 2019.

Exclusions: the Trust is not willing to consider general fundraising appeals, nor any work which does not directly benefit people within its specific area