Luton Matters 2022-23

The Luton Matters categories for 2022-23 are:

(1) Arts & Heritage, and
(2) Social or Economic Disadvantage.

Applications are now being taken.

Please read the Background information and the following 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
  • municipally-funded museums not included in schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011
  • for Luton Matters only, applications will be accepted from CICs or other charitable organisational structures, if they are based in Luton

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.

This is a significant grant (between £90,000 and £100,000 over three years) and programmes should be suitably ambitious to reflect the size of the grant on offer.

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 standard 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 2022-23 Arts & Heritage category

There is no specific focus for applicants who wish to apply for the Arts & Heritage grant.

Information about the 2022-23 Social or Economic Disadvantage category

The Trust is seeking to support a project, organisation or consortium of organisations that will provide support for refugees in Luton and the surrounding area.

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 2023 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 (from June 2022); 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 2023; a maximum of two people from each applicant is permitted to participate in the presentation

Outline Timetable

5 Oct 2022 deadline for submission of expression of interest (EOI) forms
(Arts & Heritage and Social or Economic Disadvantage categories only)
3 Nov 2022date by which all applicants will have received a response to their EOI form, one way or another
15 Dec 2022deadline for submission of project plans (by invitation only)
9 Feb 2023deadline for completion of final application forms (by invitation only)
17 March 2023presentation to Trustees (at the Hat Factory, Luton, time to be confirmed)

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