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

 

The application process is straightforward. There is a short application form – which must be used. No additional or supporting information is usually required and the Trustees do not normally stage the application process. If successful, applicants can expect to receive their grant within three months of completing the application form.

Below is more detailed information on:

  • When to apply,

  • Eligibility Criteria,

  • The Application Form and how to apply,

  • How to contact the Foundation before or after making an application, and

  • The Foundation’s reporting requirements for successful applications.

When to Apply

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

The next meeting is scheduled for: November 2017.

Applications for the next meeting will CLOSE at 12pm (noon) on Monday 9 October 2017.

Applications will open shortly before each scheduled Trustees’ meeting. Please monitor this webpage for an announcement that applications have opened.

Applications will remain open until a sufficient number of applications have been received. The Trustees will aim to provide 48 hours’ notice that the application period is to close. However, in exceptional circumstances, the application period may be closed without prior notice.

Applications received before the opening or after the close of the application period will not be considered.

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.

Applications that do not satisfy all of the Essential Criteria will be automatically rejected.

Applicants must then consider the Desirable Criteria.

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

The Trustees will award grants to those applicants who best fit the Desirable Criteria.

A project may fall under more than one category of Desirable Criteria. The Trustees will consider if this is the case and may award a grant based on a project either fulfilling one or more of the Desirable Criteria. However, when completing the application form applicants are required to select only one category that they feel best fits their project. This is for the applicant to decide. The Trustees are unlikely to award grants when more than one category is selected.

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, your application will not be automatically rejected.

The Desirable Criteria are rated to indicate the level of importance that the Trustees attach to each criteria. 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 project is not carried out for the direct benefit of another organisation unless the other organisation does not carry out the type of project as part of its main activities. For example, the Foundation will not support Friends Of charities within education or health sectors where the aim is to subsidise funding for the provision of core services.

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 six 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 between £2,000 and £5,000, 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 £7,500

**

 

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 has provided full disclosure of its links with any separate organisation which would directly benefit from grant funds. When completing the application form the applicant has provided, in addition to its own information, the following information for the linked organisation: its full name, charitable status, date of registration and/or establishment, annual income, total net assets, and current cash reserves.

****

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

**

The applicant is applying for less than £5,000

**

 

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 £10,000

**

 

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 applicant has provided full disclosure of its links with any separate organisation which would directly benefit from grant funds. When completing the application form the applicant has provided, in addition to its own information, the following information for the linked organisation: its full name, charitable status, date of registration and/or establishment, annual income, total net assets, and current cash reserves.

****

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

**

The applicant is applying for less than £7,500

**

The accommodation may be temporary or permanent

*

 

The Application Form and How to Apply

All applications must be on our standard application form which can be accessed here. The application form is issued in word format. Please ensure that you have read all guidance available in the application form and this webpage before proceeding with your application.

Applicants should not extend their answers beyond the size of boxes provided in the application form. Extended answers will not be read and may impact on the Trustees’ decision to make a grant. Failure to complete all sections of the application form may also impact on the Trustees’ decision to make a grant.

The 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.. Alternatively, the application can be printed and sent in hard copy to Pothecary Witham Weld Solicitors, 70, St Georges Square, London, SW1V 3RD.

Please do not send a covering letter/email or any accompanying or additional information as they will not be considered by the Trustees.

Acknowledging your application

Email applications will receive an auto reply message confirming receipt. 

Speculative applications which do not use the application form will not be acknowledged.

How to Contact the Foundation Before and After Making an Application

The Trustees would like to help all applicants to submit a focussed application. Therefore, applicants are able to raise queries with the Trustees prior to submitting their application.

The Trustees receive a large volume of queries and will prioritise those that cannot be answered clearly from the guidance provided on this webpage. As such, you may not receive a response if the answer is clearly displayed.

If your query cannot be answered by the guidance provided and would like to raise a query, please click here.

If you would prefer to speak to someone on the telephone, 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. The Trustees 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 Foundation’s Reporting Requirements for Successful Applicants

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, 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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