Following its initial response to the pandemic, the Trust has now resumed a ‘business as usual’ approach to grants in terms of procedures and timescales, which are detailed in the Grants menu.
The Trust continues to maintain an office in Luton but it is only visited two or three times a month by the Trust Manager. For some time, it has been the practice of the Trust to discourage the sending of hard copies of documents to the office. Digital correspondence is preferred and especially so now the office is visited only occasionally.
The effect of COVID-19 on the operations of the Trust has been minimal, but the number of applications it received increased two-fold. This meant the success rate for applicants fell to less than 5%. In an attempt to rebalance the workload and success rate, the Trust changed its grant-giving policy with effect from 21 October 2021.
Special arrangements for Luton and Bedfordshire-based applicants seeking grants of up to £10,000
The Trust is a contributor to the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s (BLCF) Stability Fund. For that reason, Luton-based applicants seeking funding of £10,000 or less should apply to the BLCF. Luton-based applicants seeking funding of more than £10,000 may apply to The Steel Charitable Trust in the normal way.
Last updated: 21 October 2021