When we receive your application, we will check that you have fully completed and signed the form, and sent a budget and your latest annual accounts. If any of these items are missing we will contact you.
Once we have fully read your application, we will send you an acknowledgement of receipt within 2 weeks. If your application is not eligible, we will again let you know within 2 weeks.
We may ask you for additional information to enable us to fully understand your work, your area or your financial situation or to clarify any other queries we may have. We request this information by email, so it is very important you include an email address on your application which is checked regularly.
If you have applied for a Small Grant (see Guidelines) we will give you the Trustees’ final decision within 8 weeks of confirming receipt of your application.
Decisions on Standard and Large grants (see Guidelines) can only be taken at Grants Committee meetings. We will let you know within 6 weeks if your application has gained sufficient support to be added to the next available Grants Committee meeting agenda. Grants Committee meetings are held are usually held in late Jan/early Feb, late April/early May, July and late October/early November. We operate a rolling scheme—you can apply at any time and we urge you to apply as and when you are ready.
Hospice and Village Hall/Community Centre applications are added to quarterly lists, from which Trustees select short lists for consideration at the next Grants Committee meeting.
We need to receive applications at least 6 weeks before a Grants Committee meeting, but there is no guarantee that your application will be included in a specific meeting: it will depend on any additional information we might require from you and how many applications are already on the agenda. We urge you not to send your application at the last possible moment as you will then have to ‘compete’ at the first assessment stage with many more applicants who have also left it to the last minute!
After the Grants Committee has met we send out letters confirming the Trustees’ decision, which is final, within 10 days.