COVID-19 announcement

The Trust office is currently closed, but administration is being carried out from home. Please do not leave any phone messages as they will not be picked up; use the website contact form instead. Please do not send hard copies of anything through the post. Digital copies may be emailed to the Trust Manager.

The effect of COVID-19 on the operations of the Trust is, so far, minimal, but it is receiving a larger-than-usual number of emails and, in the last quarter (February to April), the volume of applications doubled. This meant the success rate was reduced to under 4%.

The Trust’s response to the outbreak is being kept under review. Some exceptional grants were made in the first few weeks of the crisis but applications are now only being considered within our normal procedures and timescales, which are detailed in the Grants menu.

Our current policy is this (reviewed 29th June):

  1. Within its normal timescales and application procedures, the Trust is accepting funding applications for both core and project funding as well as short-term responses to COVID-19; we have not limited our current awards to COVID-19 related activity only.
  2. If you are a UK-registered charity or officially-constituted charitable organisation/group from Luton, Bedford or Bedfordshire, and are seeking emergency funding (i.e. to provide an immediate COVID-19 need or to financially survive the next few months), please apply to the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s emergency fund (eligibility criteria apply), to which The Steel Charitable Trust has contributed.
  3. If you have applied as described in point (2) and were unsuccessful, you may apply to The Steel Charitable Trust directly in the normal way as described in point (5) below.
  4. If you are a UK-registered charity or officially-constituted charitable organisation/group from Luton, Bedford or Bedfordshire, and are seeking funding for a project that is not specifically COVID-19 related, or whose core activities have not been seriously affected by it, then you may apply to The Steel Charitable Trust in the normal way as described in point (5) below.
  5. Any other UK-registered charities or officially-constituted charitable organisations/groups seeking funding for an eligible purpose may apply to The Steel Charitable Trust directly in the normal way – please refer to the Grants section of the website. For this quarter only (applications between May and July), if the new application is for a COVID-19 related need, the normal 12-month reapplication rule will be reduced to 6 months for both previously successful and unsuccessful applicants; if it is for a non-COVID-19-related need, then the 12-month reapplication rule still applies.

The next application deadline for our regular grant-giving programme (which can include COVID-19 related grants) is Friday 31st July 2020. You must apply online via the form, which is accessible from this website. Award decisions for these applications will be made in September.

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