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 as these will not be collected for the foreseeable future. Digital copies may be emailed to the Trust Manager.

We apologise for any delay in response time to emails. 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 there are some knock-on effects that have to be dealt with.

The Trust’s response to the outbreak is being kept under review. Some emergency grants have been made, but the volume of applications has more than doubled since the crisis began and the Trustees need time to review what they have received within the Trust’s revised budgetary constraints. From Monday 4th May, it is this:

  1. The Trust can no longer take any requests for exceptional COVID-19 funding outside of its normal timescales and application procedures.
  2. Within its normal timescales and application procedures, the Trust is still 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.
  3. If you are a UK-registered charity or officially-constituted charitable organisation/group from Luton, Bedford or Bedfordshire, and are seeking emergency funding, please apply to the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s emergency fund (eligibility criteria apply), to which The Steel Charitable Trust has contributed.
  4. If you have applied as described in point (3) and were unsuccessful, you may apply to The Steel Charitable Trust directly in the normal way as described in point 5 below.
  5. Any other UK-registered charities or officially-constituted charitable organisations/groups seeking emergency funding 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), the normal 12-month reapplication rule will be reduced to 6 months for both previously successful and unsuccessful applicants but only if the new application is for a COVID-19 related need.

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.

Award decisions for applications made between February and April will be made in mid-June and you will be informed promptly via email.

Please visit the pages in the Grants menu before applying online.

Luton Matters, a 3-year grants initiative for Luton, was launched in September 2019. Applications for the current round are now closed but new categories will be announced later in July 2020. Click here for full details in due course.

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