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The Trustees welcome applications from charities, CICs and Registered Societies. Grants are provided for projects relating to the following charitable purposes:
 

1  
Education (organic farming, animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and animal surgery)
    
2

The visual and performing arts

3

Medical research

4

The relief of disability and severe illness

5

The preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance

6

The accommodation of those in need

7

The skills based training of young people

 

The application process is straightforward. There is a short application form - which must be used. No additional or supporting information is usually required. The Trustees do not normally stage the application process. If successful, applicants can expect to receive their grant within three months of completing an application. Below is more detailed information about when to apply, the eligibility criteria and the application form and how to apply and how to contact the Foundation before or after making an application.  


When to apply

The Trustees aim to meet in January, April, July and October. 

The next meeting is scheduled for August 2016. Applications for this meeting will close at midnight on Thursday 14th July 2016. The Trustees receive a large number of applications and can only open the application dates for a short period of time, and so applications received after this date will not be considered.

If you have a query, please see the section below headed ‘Contacting us prior to and after making an application’.

 
Eligibility- Essential and Desirable Criteria  

The Trustees use Essential and Desirable Criteria to help them identify which applicants are best suited to the types of grant that they can make. 

To qualify for a grant, applicants must satisfy all of the Essential Criteria.

Applicants must then consider the Desirable Criteria. The Trustees will award grants to those applicants who best fit the Desirable Criteria.

The Desirable Criteria are separated out into the categories of charitable purpose that the Trustees award grants for. Applicants should therefore check the particular category that applies to them.    

Unlike the Essential Criteria, applicants do not need to fulfil all of the Desirable Criteria. For example if your income is greater than the level stated in the relevant Desirable Criteria category, you application will not be automatically rejected.

The Desirable Criteria are rated to indicate the level of importance that the Trustees attach to each. For example * means important, *** means very important, and **** means that the criterion is near to essential.  If you do not meet the desirable criteria marked with **** it is unlikely that a grant will be awarded. 

 

Essential Criteria- Applying to all applicants

The applicant has used the application form

The applicant has not applied within the last two years

The applicant is a registered charity (including a CIO), CIC, Registered Society, or an exempt charity. Small charities which are not required to register with the Charity Commission because their income is less than £5,000 may also apply.  The applicant may be an individual if the project relates to medical research

The applicant and the beneficiaries benefitting from the project are based in the United Kingdom

The applicant has been in existence for at least two years and has a track record of delivering projects

The project relates to one of the seven charitable purposes listed above

The application relates to a project that is either new or has been running for less than five years

 

Desirable Criteria for Category 1- Education projects relating to organic farming, animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and animal surgery and research into animal surgery

The application relates to a capital project.  This includes building projects and the purchase of materials and equipment in relation to an education project or workshop but not the salary, professional, publicity or other running costs of the project

****

The educational subject matter is not taught on the National Curriculum

***

The application does not relate to domesticated animals or breeds such as cats, dogs and household pets

**

The applicant’s income is less than £1,000,000

**

The applicant is applying for less than £5,000

**

 

Desirable Criteria for Category 2- The visual and performing arts

For the visual arts for beneficiaries to produce a painting, photography, film or other visual representation or sculpture or installation - the Trustees will fund equipment and materials but not the salary, professional, professional artist, publicity and other running costs of the project

****

For theatre projects for capital projects which means building work, the purchase of materials or equipment for an educational project, workshop or venue.  Alternatively, the Trustees will consider funding the general running, non-capital costs of a new production which may include professional and artists' fees however the Trustees will limit this type of grant to £1,000

****

For all other performing arts including all projects relating to music, dance, ballet and opera the Trustees will only fund bursaries or scholarships for training.  This does not include subsidising workshops, tours, or training that lasts for less than a year.  The training must be provided by an established performing arts school or similar organisation that can demonstrate that the training or course will be accredited or have some long term standing in the career development of the beneficiaries.  For this type of application the training or course offered need not be new but the application must explain how the bursary or scholarship is new, or how it allows the applicant to expand the provision of its training

****

The applicant’s income is less than £500,000

**

The applicant is applying for less than £7,500, or up to £1,000 if the grant is for the non-capital general running costs of a new theatre production

**

The application does not relate to an annual or repeat event

*

The beneficiaries are connected to one or more of the other purposes favoured by the Trustees

*

 

Desirable Criteria for Category 3- Medical research

(there are no income requirements relating to this category and   individuals may apply)

The applicant is a charity, research university, institute or hospital or an individual based at a charity, research university, institute or hospital where the research will be carried out

***

The application relates to research into diseases affecting a sizeable proportion of the UK population

***

The research is not mainly of a statistical nature

**

The total project cost is less than £500,000

**

The applicant is applying for less than £10,000

**

 

Desirable Criteria for Category 4- The relief of disability and severe illness

The application relates to a capital project. This includes building projects and the purchase of materials, IT hardware and software (which will be used by those who are disabled or severely ill) and other equipment in relation to an educational project or workshop but not salary, professional, publicity or other running costs of the project

****

The applicant’s income is less than £500,000

**

The applicant is applying for less than £7,500

**

 

Desirable Criteria for Category 5- The preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance

The application relates to an innovative architectural design for a building owned by a charity, CIC or Registered Society.  This can include the grant of a lease of at least 10 years

****

The application does not relate to a religious building or academic institution

***

The building is or willl be used to further one or more of the other purposes favoured by the Trustees

***

The total project cost is less than £5,000,000

**

The applicant’s income is less than £2,000,000

**

The applicant is applying for less than £12,500

**

 

Desirable Criteria for Category 6- The accommodation of those in need

The application relates to a capital project. This includes building projects and the purchase of materials and equipment but not salary, professional, publicity or other running costs of the project

****

The accommodation is for those in poverty, sickness including physical and mental health and sufferers of addiction, those seeking asylum, or otherwise displaced as a result of crime or violence

****

The applicants income is less than £3,000,000

**

The applicant is applying for less than £12,500

**

The accommodation may be temporary or permanent

*

 

Desirable Criteria for Category 7- The skills based training of youths  

The application relates to a capital project.  This incudes building projects and the purchase of materials and equipment but not salary, professional, publicity or other running costs

****

The training is either accredited, certified, or the applicant can demonstrate that the training being provided is not general, but a specific, unique life skill that will provide beneficiaries with advanced practical skills and will significantly enhance their social and economic development

***

The application does not relate to educational subject matter taught on the National Curriculum or already available in a local school, club or society

***

The applicants income is less than £500,000

**

The applicant is applying for less than £5,000

**


The Application Form and How to apply

All applications must be on our standard form which can be accessed here.

The form is issued in Adobe PDF format. Please ensure that you have a version of Adobe that allows you to save a copy of the form with the information completed so that you do not lose any of your application.  Alternatively, you will need to print the application once it has been completed. Adobe is available online and you should be able to access our form without any technical issues. In the unlikely event that you are unable to access the form please contact us using the link below.

This completed application form should be sent, preferably by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Alternatively, the application can be printed and sent in hard copy to Pothecary Witham Weld, Solicitors, 70, St George's Square, London SW1V 3RD. Please do not send a covering email or letter. Please do not send any attachments or enclosures with the form as these will not be looked at.

 

Acknowledging your application

Email applications will receive an auto reply message confirming receipt.  Applications received outside of the application dates will not normally receive an acknowledgment.

 

Contacting us prior to and after making an application

The Trustees would like to help all applicants to submit a focused application. In order to do so, applicants are able to raise queries with the Trustees before making an application. They will answer queries without prejudicing any subsequent application.

Many queries can normally be answered by the guidance provided on this page. The Trustees request that applicants reconsider the guidance before raising a query as they usually give priority to those queries which cannot be answered by the guidance. If you would still like to raise a query, please click here.

If you would prefer to speak to someone on the telephone, please email or call on 020 7821 8211 and leave your name and telephone number. You will be able to leave a message which will be passed to the Trustees, who will aim to get back to you within a week. Please note that the telephone operator will only take your details and will not be able to answer your query.

The Trustees receive a large number of queries and they do read them all. Please wait for a reply.

 

Reporting to the Foundation

If you have received a grant from the Foundation and are due to provide a report to the Trustees, please use the Foundation’s Reporting and Monitoring Form, which can be accessed here. This Word document should be completed and saved on your own computer, and emailed to the Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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