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Grant Making Policy

The Trustees make grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference.

Since the Settlors, the late Mr and Mrs Steel, lived in Bedfordshire, applications from Bedfordshire generally and Luton in particular are welcomed.

Subject to other elements of the Trust's grant-making policy, no restrictions are imposed on the purpose for which a grant may be made; thus applications for support towards capital projects, other projects or core costs are considered.

The Trustees support five categories:

 * Arts and Heritage                                                           * Health

 * Education                                                                       * Social or economic disadvantage

 * Environment                                                          

The Trustees do NOT fund:

 * Charities registered outside the United Kingdom         * Political Parties

 * Expeditions                                                                   * Promotion of religion

 * Individuals

Grants are generally made as single payments between £2,500 and £25,000.

The Trust receives many more applications than it has funds to support, and last year only 12% of applications received were successful. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in a quarter, to allow more time for their review.


Charities that have been awarded a grant may not re-apply within 12 months of the date of (final) payment of the grant. Charities whose application has been unsuccessful may not re-apply within 12 months of the date of application.

Where appropriate, grants for periods of longer than one year may be considered.

A follow-up report is required within 10 months of receiving a grant where the charity has been awarded a grant of £20,000 or more.

All applicants must complete the online application form. All applications will be acknowledged.

Applications received in November, December and January are reviewed by all Trustees at their meeting held in March; in February, March and April at their meeting held in June; in May, June and July at their meeting held in September and in August, September and October at their meeting held in November. At their meetings the Trustees approve the grants to be made to the successful applicants.

All applicants are notified whether their application has been successful or not. All successful applicants will be required to provide written confirmation of the details of the project or work for which they are seeking a grant. Payment is then made in the following month after the meeting.

To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, applicants are required to consent to the use of personal data supplied by them in the processing and review of their application. This includes transfer to and use by such individuals and organisations as the Trust deems appropriate. The Trust requires the assurance of the applicant that personal data about any other individual is supplied to the Trust with his/her consent. At the point of submitting an online application, applicants are asked to confirm this consent and assurance.

A list of recent grants made is available in the Trust's accounts