Here are the answers to some of the most common queries. If you cannot find what you need here, or would like to clarify something, please call us on 020 7930 8566.

  • Will you support work that takes place in a single UK country?

    We fund organisations from any part of the UK whose work has impact across the whole of the UK. We also fund those working across England.

    We sometimes consider requests for work in another UK country where the proposal is a very strong match with our priorities and is likely to be relevant to other parts of the UK.

  • Do you make grants overseas?

    We are not currently accepting applications for overseas funding. 

    Our Environment category provides for a small number of grants for work in UK Overseas Territories, and exceptionally for marine projects outside UK waters. We only consider applications from UK-based NGOs.

  • When do you fund core costs and when do you prefer to fund a project?

    As a responsive funder, we listen to what you judge is important. Our main interest is in supporting small to medium-sized organisations whose work matches our funding priorities. We believe that core funding is usually the most valuable contribution we can make. If you think a project grant would be best, you can apply for that instead.

    We are aware that a modest core grant will have a limited impact on the finances of larger organisations. If your turnover is close to £10m a year, it may be better to apply for a project grant.

  • Do you fund policy work?

    Rarely. We prefer to fund work that is likely to make a practical difference and the outcomes of policy work can be uncertain. We do not exclude grants for policy work but your track record, expertise, knowledge of the context and understanding of how to effect policy change will be important considerations.

  • Do you fund research and evaluation?

    We are a practical funder, so we rarely support research. If your topic is a very close match with our interests and we think there is enough to be gained, we may consider it.

    Occasionally we may fund the costs of evaluation as part of a grant, if this is likely to increase its impact.

  • Do you fund universities?

    Not usually, and not for their core work. Exceptionally, we may consider an application from a specialist unit if you are a centre of excellence and a leader in your field. Your work should:

    • be distinctive and likely to make a practical difference
    • involve partnerships with charities or NGOs
    • have a budget that includes no contribution to overheads
    • strongly match our funding interests.
  • What medical conditions or disabilities will you fund?

    We know that people affected by long-term illness or disability face many disadvantages and this is an important consideration in our Welfare category. That is why we are keen to fund organisations concerned with a range of diseases or conditions, which have a wider remit than a single condition charity.

    You can apply if you work with people on the following issues and meet our other criteria:

    • a range of disabilities or medical conditions
    • mental health problems
    • learning difficulties
    • hearing or visual impairments.

    Owing to demand, we are unable to fund charities that focus on a single condition, disease or organ.

  • How much can I apply for?

    Our minimum grant is £10,000. There is no maximum but grants over £100,000 are unusual.

    Our average grant last year was £26,000 pa. To get an idea of the kind of grants we award, take a look at the grants lists.

  • How long will you make a grant for?

    Most of our grants are for two or three years.

    Demand for funds is high and we try to balance our wish to help a reasonable number of organisations with giving meaningful grants.

  • When is the best time for me to apply? Do you have any deadlines?

    For the majority of applications there are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. We make decisions regularly throughout the year.

    The Regional Museums and Galleries Fund has an annual application deadline.

  • How quickly will I know the decision?

    We will acknowledge your application within one week.

    We have a two-stage application process. We aim to deal with all first-stage applications within 10 weeks, though most people will hear more quickly. On the rare occasion an application takes longer, we will be in touch.

    Second-stage applicants are asked to apply within a month of being invited to do so. You should receive a decision within a maximum of three months.

  • When can I reapply if I have been turned down?

    One year from the date of the decision.

  • When can I reapply if I have a grant? Do you provide continuation funding?

    We usually ask you to wait for one year after the grant has ended. We may consider a continuation grant in exceptional cases – please contact the Head of Grants to discuss this.

  • Can I discuss my application with you before I apply?

    We are always happy to discuss potential applications. Before you get in touch, please read our guidance.

  • Do I have to be a registered charity to apply?

    We will only make grants to registered, excepted or exempt charities.