Check you are eligible

  • Step 1:
    Are you a small to medium-sized charity?

    You can apply if you have an income between £100,000 and £10m. If your income is greater than this we will only consider a grant if you are uniquely placed to help meet our funding objectives. We call this the ‘only you can do it’ test.

  • Step 2:
    Do you have a national footprint?

    We interpret this flexibly. Because we want our funds to have significant reach and impact, we consider both where you are working and what you are doing. Occasionally we fund organisations that work locally, for example if a programme has good potential for replication or being rolled out on a larger scale. In summary:

    • we will consider a grant if you have a wide reach, such as working in more than one country, region or county
    • we may fund work in a single location if it has national significance. This might apply if you plan to expand geographically, hold or produce art of the highest quality, or focus on an important habitat. We may also fund work that can be replicated across a wider network, or developed in different settings or that could otherwise lead to shared expertise and benefits
    • we do not usually fund work that benefits only one location
    • we favour smaller niche national charities.

    You can find more information on this in our FAQs.

  • Step 3:
    Does your work have the features we are looking for?

    Your work should demonstrate some of the following:

    • tangible benefits on a significant scale – we are looking for practical results and a wider impact, such as value beyond the immediate beneficiaries or a legacy for the future
    • good use of volunteers – from professionals to local communities, whoever your volunteers are, we are looking for best practice
    • partnerships – formal collaboration and networking to help you understand the issues you address.
  • Step 4:
    Does your organisation have the qualities we seek?

    If you are doing well and are ambitious to achieve more, we would like to hear from you. The quality of your staff, trustees and volunteers is vital. You should demonstrate:

    • strong governance and management – that your board is engaged, your people well qualified and well led, you have a thorough understanding and oversight of finances at all levels, your reporting is thoughtful and you are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses as an organisation
    • effectiveness – that you have a good understanding of the needs being met and how best to tackle them, awareness of how your organisation relates to and complements other agencies, effective systems to monitor and review progress, a culture of always trying to do better, an eye on how to prevent problems recurring and are alert to opportunities to have a wider impact.
  • Step 5:
    Are you or your work excluded?

    There are certain activities, organisations and individuals we do not fund. Always check our exclusions before applying.