Trusthouse will be closed from 20th December until 2nd January 2019.
Major Grants applications received from today will be considered at the April 2019 Grants Committee Meeting as the January meeting is now full.
We are delighted to welcome our new Grants Manager, Sandra Collazo. Please contact Sandra if you have any Small Grant queries.
Applications for Village Halls or Community Centres will now be considered at the April 2019 meeting.
We have introduced a new FAQs page under the Applications section, where we hope you will find answers to most of the telephone calls received at the office.
We are sorry to report that Sarah McGill left Trusthouse on the 19th of September. Pending the arrival of Sandra Collazo on 9th October, any matters relating to Small Grants will be handled by Judith Leigh, Grants Director.
The Trusthouse office will be closed from 24th September to 8th October due to staff holiday.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is changing its grants programmes
We are excited to announce that with effect from 1st July, Trusthouse will replace its currents grants programmes with two new programmes:
Full details of the new programmes are given in the attached Guidelines.
We remain focussed on supporting local organisations in the most deprived rural and urban communities.
We invite applications from organisations whose work falls under the general heading of Community Support and Arts Education Heritage.
Why we have changed the programmes
These new programmes are being introduced after a review of our grants strategy by the Trustees and consultation with grants recipients. Lady Balfour of Burleigh, Chair of the Grants Committee says, “The Trustees have carefully considered the current needs of the charitable and voluntary sector. The difficulties of many organisations in gaining critical funding for core costs have driven our decision to provide multi-year grants to increase sustainability. Alongside this, we have noted the increasing costs of building works and we hope that our decision to offer larger grants for larger programmes of works will address this sector need. Our annual grants budget remains between £2.5m and £3m, so we will be making fewer grants but we look forward to working over a longer period with our grants recipients to increase our knowledge and understanding of how we can best assist the third sector.”
How to apply
Both programmes will open for on-line applications on 1st June 2018. We will be closed to applications until that time.
Applications can be made at any time during the year, so please don’t all apply at once!
Major Grants will be decided at Grants Committee meetings, which usually take place in February, May, July and November. We will inform you within 6 weeks of receiving your application if your request will be included on the agenda of the next available meeting. There are no deadlines for submission to a particular meeting, but we generally recommend sending in applications at least 6 weeks in advance to enable us to process your application and make assessment visits if you pass the initial review. If we don’t have sufficient space on the agenda list for your application, or enough time to complete the assessment, it will automatically roll on to the next Grants Committee meeting.
Small Grants applications are considered outside the Grants Committee meetings, and will generally receive a final decision 4-6 weeks after we receive your application, depending on if we need additional information from you.
Who can apply
If you received a grant from us within the past 12 months and have yet to spend out your grant and make your final report to us, you will not be eligible to apply until you do so.
All other applicants, whenever you made your last application to us or received a grant, are eligible to apply.
We cannot guarantee that an application from you would be eligible under the new criteria, as we do not necessarily have up-to-date information on our database about your organisation, work and location. Please check the Guidelines carefully!
We have been made aware of a £1 million fund that Natwest have available this year, it’s called the ‘Skills and Opportunities Fund’ and is for ‘not-for-profit organisations who have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise.’
More information is here,
With effect from 29th January, all new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants will be made through our on-line application forms.
For Small, Standard and Large grant applications, go to the Applications page, complete the eligibility filter and you will automatically be taken to the relevant on-line form, which has additional space and can be saved and revised as often as you like before final submission.
For Village Hall/Community Centre grant applications (which includes churches, sports centres or other types of centre offering a full range of community activities), go to the Grants page and click on the Community Centres and Village Halls heading. The link to the application is at the end of the page: please read the preceding information carefully to see if your project is eligible.
Hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading. PLEASE NOTE we will cease to accept unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31st March 2018.
Our Guidelines currently still show the instructions for paper-based applications: we will be updating these in the next month or so, to coincide with information on the launch of a new grants policy and criteria which will come into effect from 1st July 2018. Most of our current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria. The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April.