This programme is closed. Any applications that are still in progress will no longer be able to be submitted.
We only have a certain amount of funding to award
We’re expecting a lot of applications, and many of them will be for really worthwhile projects. This means we will have to make some difficult decisions. There are often lots of projects we cannot fund, even good ones.
We can only make 300 awards for this pilot partnership programme. We’ve taken the difficult decision to only accept up to 1,500 applications (or close to applications on 14 July 2021 if this comes sooner). All applications received will be assessed at the same time.
We realise this is not a perfect solution. We’ve worked with relevant networks to tell certain organisations and groups about this programme in advance. This is so they can do some work to get them to the same starting point as those who are more experienced in applying for funding from us.
We’ll prioritise applications from groups who:
- have not received funding from us before
- do not have a current award with us
- are smaller organisations or groups with an annual turnover of under £100,000.
- Other organisations can apply but please consider these factors first.
Make sure you check who can and cannot apply before filling out the application form.
How long will it take to get a decision?
We will aim to tell you a decision in around three months.
If it's difficult or impossible for you to complete an application form
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs. We’re happy to talk about other ways for you to tell us about your idea.
What information you need to apply
We ask for two different people from your organisation to be our contacts for the project:
- one person should be someone we can talk to if we have any questions about your project
- the other person should be a senior member of your organisation, who'll be legally responsible for the funding.
Both need to live in the UK.
We need their:
- contact details
- home addresses
- dates of birth.
Both contacts need to have different email addresses.
You’ll need to let the senior contact 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 - and its address. And what type of organisation it is
Make sure these are up to date and match up with 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 want to know the date your accounts wrap up 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 look at your application.
We ask for a bank statement from the last three months
It should show:
- your organisation's legal name
- the address the statements are sent to
- your bank's name the account code and sort number
- 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 require at least two unconnected people to approve all transactions and withdrawals.
We’re sorry but 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 in around three months. During this time, we look at your idea and do our security checks. You can find out more about the checks we do. If we need more information about your idea to help with our decision, we might 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 - IKEA Limited will be in touch to ask a few questions about your application. They want to contact everyone who applied, whether they were given the funding or not. It’ll be up to you if you want to take part.
- You can start spending the funding on your project - you should spend the funding the way you said you would in your application (unless we’ve agreed to something different first). We might check in 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.
We also ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
You can read the terms and conditions.
If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply
You can also read our Data Protection Statement to find out how we use the personal data you give us.