Luton Matters 2021-22

The Luton Matters categories for 2021-22 are Education and Environment.

Applications are now being taken.

Please read these guidelines carefully before applying.

Eligibility and Purpose of Grant

Applications must be for grants that will benefit people who live in Luton, and, unless otherwise stated for a specific category, may be for either

  • new initiatives, or
  • on-going projects, or
  • capital works, or
  • research programmes, or
  • core costs

Applications will be accepted from either

  • Charities, including Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), registered in any part of the United Kingdom, or
  • Exempt Charities (see schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011), or
  • (for the Education category) Schools in the Luton borough

Our usual restrictions apply as to the purpose for which the grant may be used (i.e. no expeditions and no active promotion of religion, see Grant-making policy).

Applications will be accepted from organisations that have applied to the Trust before (whether successfully or not) and organisations new to the Trust. If an organisation has received a grant from us in the past under our regular grant-giving programme, there is no time restriction on applying to us again for a Luton Matters award.

It is unlikely that any organisation that is awarded a Luton Matters grant will receive another such grant in consecutive cycles, even in a different funding category.

Information about the 2021-22 Education category

The prolonged closure of schools due to COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on children’s educational development, academic attainment and wellbeing, and this impact has been felt most acutely by groups who are already disadvantaged, widening pre-existing inequalities. 

Applications are invited for programmes which will provide long term learning support for children adversely impacted by the disruption to education caused by the pandemic.  Programmes should be targeted at helping children in Luton of primary and/or secondary school age.  The Trust would welcome applications from both schools and non-school organisations which support learning. This is a significant grant and programmes should be suitably ambitious to reflect the size of the grant on offer.

The Trust is not seeking applications that request funding for learning support for pre-school children or for students over 16 years old.

Information about the 2021-22 Environment category

There is no specific focus for applicants who wish to apply for the Environment grant.

Application Process

There is a four-stage application process. This is not designed to be onerous; its purpose is to ensure that potential applicants do not spend a disproportionately long period of time on an application that has little chance of success. Competition for these awards is expected to be high. If an applicant makes it past the initial stage, they can expect to be in close contact with a Trustee who will advise on the next stages. The final decision will be made at the March 2022 meeting of Trustees at which up to two short-listed applicants per category will be asked to make a presentation.

1. Expression of interest form (EOI) click here to download the form; the completed form should be emailed to luton@steelcharitabletrust.org.uk
2. Detailed project plan some applicants who have completed the expression of interest form will be asked to develop their idea further into a project plan (click here to see what we expect in a project plan)
3. Final application form up to two short-listed applicants will be chosen from the project plans submitted and asked to complete our standard online application form (principally to ensure your application is on our system – you will have already done most of the work to answer its questions by this point)
4. Presentation to Trustees assuming the final application form is completed satisfactorily and by the deadline, the short-listed applicants will be invited to make a 30-minute presentation (including 10 minutes for questions) to our Trustees at a Luton venue in March 2022; a maximum of two people from each organisation is permitted to participate in the presentation

Outline Timetable

7 Oct 2021 deadline for submission of expression of interest (EOI) forms
(Education and Environment categories only)
4 Nov 2021date by which all applicants will have received a response to their EOI form, one way or another
15 Dec 2021deadline for submission of project plans (by invitation only)
8 Feb 2022deadline for completion of final application forms (by invitation only)
March 2022presentation to Trustees (time and Luton venue to be confirmed)

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