This programme will open in November 2021. We are not accepting applications until then.
We only have a limited amount of funding to award through this programme. We’re expecting a lot of applications. Many of them will be for good projects. This means we'll have to make difficult decisions. There are often lots of great projects we cannot fund.
We'll make approximately 80 awards through this programme. Applications will be accepted until 5pm Friday 17 December 2021.
As the programme is open for a short period, groups can only apply once.
Make sure you check who can and cannot apply.
How long will it take to get a decision?
We'll aim to give you a decision around two months from the programme closing date, so you have plenty of time to prepare for your project to start from March 2022 onwards.
What information you need to apply
We ask for two different people from your organisation to be our contacts for the project:
- one person we can talk to if we have any questions about your project
- the other person should be a senior member of your organisation, who will be legally responsible for the funding.
Both people need to live in the UK.
We need their:
- contact details
- home addresses
- dates of birth.
Both people need to have different email addresses.
You’ll need to let the senior person in your team know you’re including their information as part of the application.
These two people cannot be:
- related by blood
- married to each other
- in a civil partnership with each other
- in a long-term relationship with each other
- living together at the same address.
We ask for the legal name of your organisation, the address and what type of organisation it is
Make sure these are current and match any information or identity documents we ask for (when you get to the application part). Your organisation’s ‘legal name’ may not be the same as your day-to-day name. Your legal name is the one shown on your governing document (like your constitution, trust deed, memorandum or articles of association).
We ask for information about your organisation’s accounts
We need to know the date your accounts end each year and how much income you have.
If you do not have yearly accounts because you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old), that’s okay. We can still consider your application.
We ask for a bank statement from the last three months
It should show:
- your organisation's legal name
- the address statements are sent to
- your bank's name
- the account number and sort code
- the date the statement was issued.
We can only transfer money into a regulated UK based bank or building society protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
Your account must also have at least two unconnected people to approve all transactions and withdrawals.
We’ll have to reject your application if you do not give us:
- the full and correct information we’re looking for, or
- enough of the evidence we’re asking you for
We ask you for information about what sort of project you’d like to do
And how your project will meet the criteria listed in ‘The projects we fund’.
What happens after you apply
- You send us your application. We'll get back to you with a decision around two months from the programme closing date. During this time, we review your idea and do our security checks. You can find out more about the checks we make. If we need more information about your idea to help with our decision, we may give you a call or send you an email.
- If your application is successful. We'll send you an email with the good news. You can start your project as soon as you get this email if you want to. We’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days or sooner, if possible.
- If your application is unsuccessful. We'll let you know by email and explain the reason why.
- You can start spending the funding on your project. You should spend the funding in the way you said you would in your application (unless we’ve agreed to something different first).
We might check in with you from time to time to see how things are going.
- Share your story. Let people know about your grant and the amazing work you're doing in your community. Sharing news about your project with your community can be a great way to keep them involved and engaged. Your award email will also include details on how to publicise your grant and let people know about how your project is supporting people in your community.
If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply Contact us.