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Stages, deadlines and our relationship with charities

Three stages

1. Tell Us About You Form

A short on-line form that starts with an eligibility quiz, collects contact details and then asks three questions: 1. Why are you well placed to meet the needs of the people you want to help? 2. What difference are you making? 3. What do you want to do at the moment but can’t?  Online Tell Us About You form

When you fill in this form, we don't ask you to request a size of grant. We talk to charities about this at the next stage.

If there's anything you don't understand, please contact us.

2. Application Form

We review the Tell Us About You forms and then ask a small number of applicants to fill in a longer on-line form.  This form will include around 8-10 questions including ones on governance, your organisation's budget and we'll ask more about the difference your charity makes.

3. Meeting You

We visit you to discuss how a partnership might work and understand your funding needs.

We’ll let you know we’ve received your application and when decisions are made.  We’ll give you feedback if we don’t award a grant.


Deadlines: 2019-2020

Deadlines for Tell Us About You form 2019-2020

What happens after the Tell Us About You form is received

Round 1:

26 Sep 2019

We’ll let you know in November 2019 if we’d like you to submit a full application form or not. If we ask you to fill in a full application form, the deadline is in January 2020 ahead of a visit and final decision in February/March 2020.

Round 2:

Deadline to be announced in March 2020

We’ll let you know the Round 2 deadline in March 2020 when we'll publish the date here. We've decided it's best to complete Round 1 of applications to our new Open Fund before setting the deadlines for Round 2. However, you can apply at any time.  If you have any questions please contact us.


Apply Now: Tell Us About You online form 

Relationship with charities we fund

We’ll make it clear why we’ve awarded a grant.

We’ll agree with you how to communicate and this may include visits, phone calls and sharing reports.  We’ll tell you what we do with this information.

We’ll work with you to find a practical way of measuring the difference your charity is making.

We’ll encourage you to give us feedback and share any concerns; we want to understand your charity.

We’ll invite you to meet other grantees and find out what training might help your work.