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 Trust itself is, so far, minimal, but we are 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. Currently, it is this:

  1. 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 pledged support.
  2. If you have applied as described in point (1) and were unsuccessful, you may apply to The Steel Charitable Trust directly in the normal way – please refer to the Grants section of the website.
  3. If you are a UK-registered charity or officially-constituted charitable organisation/group from areas outside Luton, Bedford or Bedfordshire, are seeking emergency funding, and have received a grant from us since March 2018, please email the Trust Manager with a short summary of your situation.
  4. 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.

The next application deadline for our regular grant-giving programme is Thursday 30th April 2020. Award decisions for these applications will be made in June.

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 2020. Click here for full details in due course.

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