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;
- the work to be supported,
- how much it will cost
- what you have raised already (and your sources)
- the type and number of people who will benefit
- your links to the Trust’s area of benefit
- information about your group
- your suitability to run and manage the work
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)