Application Process

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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 sent an automatic acknowledgement email from this address: You may like to ensure that your server does not filter out this email address as spam. 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 betweenReviewed at meeting inOutcome by
21st October and 20th Januarymid Marchearly April
21st January and 20th Aprilmid Juneearly July
21st April and 20th Julymid Septemberearly October
21st July and 20th 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 average success rate since March 2020 a little under 5%. Owing to the high volume of applications, it is not possible to give individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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