Grant application guidelines
How to present an application
We are not necessarily looking for glossy professional bids and
understand that your application to us will vary according to the size
of organisation you are, and the size of the proposed project. It can be
a professionally prepared presentation pack, but can equally be a short
letter with supporting information. Both will receive equal
Whatever the presentation, the following lists the areas that must be
covered. Failure to do so will affect your chances of success:
- Organisation overview. This paragraph/section
must include a short background to the charity and a summary of
activities. Please include relevant information on your
clients/beneficiaries (this might include numbers helped, geographic
location, age group etc) and numbers of employees and volunteers.
Please give us this information every time you apply.
- Project description. Tell us what you want a
grant for/towards. Explain why it is necessary, what you hope to
achieve, who will benefit and how.
- Costs. Tell us the total cost of your project
and give us a breakdown including at least the main items of
expenditure. Tell us how you intend to fund it, and how much you
have raised so far. If the project is part of a larger one, please
explain the wider context.
- Contingency plan. Explain what you intend to do
if you fail to raise all the funds you need.
- A timetable. Tell us your timescale for raising funds and when you aim
to have the project up and running.
- Annual accounts. Your latest audited accounts
and Annual Review (if you have one) must be included.
- Other information. Please include any other information which you feel
will assist us in judging your application. This could include for
example a copy of your newsletter, or short
promotional/advertising leaflets. Such publications often help give a
flavour of an organisation.
If you wish to discuss your application, or have other queries,
please contact the Grants Administrator, Christine Dix, either by
email or by telephone on 020 8941 0450. Please note if you telephone that the office is open part-time
and you may need to leave a message.