How to apply

How to apply

All you need to do is complete the application form and send it to us with the supporting documents indicated.  If you are unsure about the eligibility of your application you can, in the first instance, contact our grants team on 01749 344949.

Which application form?

We do not usually require applicants to complete multiple application forms if you are interested in more than one of our Funds. If you are unsure which form to complete, please get in touch with us.

Should I use the On-line or Paper-based Application Form?

We provide both an online application form and a paper-based one.  We strongly recommend that you use the online version.  You can draft and save versions until you are ready to submit.  We will not be able to see your draft versions.  By using this method you also save us precious staff resources inputting data into our database which means we will have more time to help you! 

Click here to access the online application form for Foundation Grants.

If you prefer to use the paper version, it can be downloaded or we can send you a copy. 

Click here to download the paper version or contact us on 01749 344949 for further information.

Please read the notes embedded in the form as they will explain what information we need to help us assess your application.  You must complete the whole form otherwise we will not have enough information to make the right decision. 

How we make decisions

In general terms, when we assess your application we are looking for evidence that it is a good quality proposal that has a strong social purpose and that you are the right organisation to carry it out.  We use the application form, supporting information and what you tell us to decide this.

When your application is received it will be acknowledged within 3 working days.  If the application form is not fully completed or you have not sent us the additional information we ask for, we may send it back to you or keep it on hold until the additional information is received.

Complete applications are reviewed by a member of our grants team who may contact you by telephone or visit you.

If the application is eligible for funding, it is normally presented to our Grants Committee.  This is a group of local people with a good general knowledge of local communities and the issues facing those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  They meet quarterly.  In many cases we will also consult with fundholders who also wish to be involved in the decision-making process.

If your project is particularly urgent we may be able to operate a ‘fast track’ process. Please contact us for more information.

Once we have made a decision we will write to you.

We cannot make grants to all the applications we receive.  Your proposal may be worthwhile but we just might not have the right fund or enough money to award a grant.  If your application is turned down, we will tell you why it was not successful.


If you wish to challenge the decision you may do so, but only if your complaint is to do with the fairness of the process and not on the merits of the proposal.  Details of the appeals procedure will be made available on request.

Keeping people safe

If you work with children and young people or vulnerable adults we will ask you about your safeguarding arrangements.  Our policy is that all groups applying for a grant who work with children and young people or vulnerable adults must have an appropriate policy before any grant is paid.

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