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ELIGIBILITY
WHAT DO WE FUND?

We do not fund individuals, only organisations. To be eligible to make an application your organisation must be based in the UK and be one of the following:

  • Registered Charity

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

  • Community Interest Company (CIC) (NB must be limited by guarantee, not by shares)

  • Charitable Company (NB you must be registered both as a charity and a company)

  • Excepted Charity (see Excepted charities - GOV.UK for more information on these)

Income Threshold

To be eligible to apply, your total annual income as shown in your most recent accounts should be no more than £250,000.

 

If your income is above that in your latest accounts but your average income over the most recent three years is under £250k then you can still apply – this is to allow for one-off “good” years.

 

We are keen to support small organisations and our preference is to fund those already established rather than new ones (though these are still eligible).

Our current funding programmes/priorities are shown here.

What We Fund

What We Do Not Fund

  • Individuals (including via bursaries)

  • Non-charitable activities

  • Promotion of Religion

  • Party-political organisations or Party-political campaigning (charitable campaigning is okay)

  • Medical research

  • Registered Social Landlords (eg housing associations

  • Hospitals or primary healthcare provision

  • Fundraising-only posts (though we can fund a post where fundraising is part of what they do)

  • Statutory services

  • Residential care

 

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. If you have an activity/proposal where you are not sure if we would fund it please get in touch and we can discuss it.

Whilst you may be eligible to apply and your proposal meets our criteria, priority will be given to organisations which demonstrate good governance and good practice. For example:

  • having a history of returning accounts and documents to your regulatory body (eg Charity Commission) on time

  • having at least four Trustees/Directors on your Board who are unrelated to each other.

  • having robust policies and practices on safeguarding, equalities, financial management, etc

 

Charity accounts must be independently examined or audited and comply with The Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) - GOV.UK

 

We will also prioritise organisations which have a significant number of people on their boards and/or staff team who have lived experience of the issues they are addressing.

 

Where a grant would be used to support the provision of specialist and/or sensitive services you must demonstrate sufficient track record and expertise in delivering those services. In some cases a recognised qualification or quality mark may be required.

 

We hope this information is clear – however if you are not sure about anything please get in touch.

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