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Making an Organisation Grant Application

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Who Can Apply

We welcome applications from local charitable, voluntary and community organisations working to help and support people living within our area of benefit.

To check if your organisation qualifies please see our map and fill the Pre-application questionnaire.

If your organisation does not exclusively work with people from our area an application may still be considered but in these cases any grant awarded would be based on the proportion of people from our area who will benefit from the project being funded.

Generally we do not accept applications from public sector bodies or national organisations. Nor do we fund religious activities or general appeals.

What can be applied for?

Applications should be for one-off non-recurrent funding for specific projects or equipment. We do not accept applications for open-ended salaries, running/core costs or general charitable appeals.

Grants to organisations are normally in the range of £500 to £5,000. The Trustees do consider requests for larger amounts from organisations which they know well.

Current priorities

For 2023 to 2025 the trustees’ particular areas of interest include:

  • community transport;

  • musical activities, especially community and child-focused work;

  • performance and drama activities, for children and communities;

  • access to computers, especially for children from deprived backgrounds;

  • renewable energy projects;

  • environmental improvements generally; also, woodlands and walks; planting initiatives; horticultural therapy, etc.

  • support for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

  • support for early years work and pre-school education

Applications for projects in these areas are particularly welcome.

In addition, two new funds have been set up for 2023-2025:

  • Fund for charities which are encountering difficulties in post-pandemic circumstances and which wish to restructure, amalgamate or make other arrangements.

  • Fund supporting educational activities which benefit schools and pupils in need.  This fund is not open to the schools themselves but to creative providers of additional educational and child-centred activities.

Application to both of these funds can be made through the general grants to organisations process.

How to apply

  • Request an application form by emailing or by completing our Pre - application questionnaire form

  • Prepare your application providing information covering all the points as requested on the application form

  • Post or email your application and supporting documents to arrive no later than 12 noon on the closing date.

When will my application be considered?

Applications from organisations are considered four times a year.

Applications for £3,000 and under

The next application deadline is:

18th October 2024
Application deadlines for 2024
Application Deadline

12th July 2024

18th October 2024

Meeting Date (Decision taken)

1st August 2024

7th November 2024

Applications for over £3,000

The next application deadline is:

2nd August 2024
Application deadlines for 2024
Application Deadline

2nd August 2024

8th November 2024

Meeting Date (Decision taken)

21st August 2024

27th November 2024

For Further Information

You can email an enquiry to or complete the enquiry form on the Contact Us page. If you would like to talk to someone, please call us on 0118 304 9369.

£3,000 and under
over £3,000
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