Preparing your application

Once you have decided that you would like to apply, there are a number of steps you will need to take

Find out the steps you will need to take below. There is also further information available for what will happen once you've submitted your application.

1. Plan your project

Grant applications are more likely to be successful if the project has been carefully thought out and clearly described within the on-line application form. We have put together further guidance about writing your application, which includes a project planning template that we hope will be useful to you.

2. Gather your essential documents

For non-statutory organisations you will need to include copies of the following with your application:

  • Governing document/constitution
  • Most recent accounts (new organisations please submit a three-year income and  expenditure forecast)
  • Last three bank statements (new organisations please provide evidence of that you have a bank account)
  • Child protection policy (if relevant to your project)

They can either be attached electronically or sent by post. We cannot begin assessing your application until we have these.

3. Check everything

Make sure that:

  •          Your organisation is eligible for a grant
  •          Your project fits with our strategy and funding criteria
  •          You can provide details of an independent referee
  •          Your project is well-planned and you have a detailed budget
  •          You can demonstrate that there is a need/demand for your project
  •          You can measure the results of the project to demonstrate its success

Please see Writing Your Application if you are unsure about any of these points.

4. Register your organisation and apply