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.

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 JanuaryMarchApril
February, March and AprilJuneJuly
May, June, JulySeptemberOctober
August, September, OctoberDecemberJanuary

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. Successful applicants are usually paid, by bank transfer, in the month following the meeting.

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. Only about one eighth of applications received (about 12%) are successful – approximately 100-150 per year.

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