Application Process

If you are seeking COVID-19 emergency funding, please read our announcement first.

Application is via the online application form on this website only. Please do not write in hard copy to the Trust as an alternative or supplement to this. Supporting documents may be uploaded via the application form. All applications submitted online will be acknowledged automatically. If you do not receive the acknowledgement, it is worth checking your junk mailbox.

You will be able to view the application questions before you apply. If, having done so, you have any questions, please email the Trust Manager, using the contact form.

Applications are normally considered according to the timescales shown:

Applications received inReviewed at meeting inOutcome by
November, December and Januarymid Marchearly April
February, March and Aprilmid Juneearly July
May, June, Julymid Septemberearly October
August, September, Octobermid Decemberearly January

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in the application period to allow more time for their review. All applicants are notified whether their application has been successful or not. If you do not receive an email with the outcome of your application by the time indicated in the table above, please check your junk mailbox. Successful applicants are usually paid, by bank transfer, in the month following the meeting, upon completion of the necessary paperwork.

Applicants that are unsuccessful may re-apply to the Trust from 12 months after the date of their most recent application. Applicants that are awarded a grant must leave a year following the date of the final payment before applying for another grant.

Managing expectations

The Trust receives many more applications than it has funds to support – between approximately 850 and 1300 annually in the last 10 years. About 10-12% of applications were successful in that time – approximately 100-150 per year. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, applications have more than doubled, making the success rate to date a little under 4%. Owing to the high volume of applications, it is not possible to give individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close