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Applications to our 2021/2022 grants programme

As uncertainties about Covid 19 continue but life in some respects becomes more normal, the Trustees have decided to move away from offering only an emergency programme. Accordingly, and until further notice, applications can now be made to either of two funding streams (1) project funding and (2) Covid recovery, core/ongoing costs.

Full details are given here, and all applicants need to read them.

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How to apply

  1. Check that you are eligible

    Please read our grants policy, including the detailed guidance for the relevant field of activity. We welcome applications from those working in these fields, but please apply only if you are satisfied that your charity and the work you are asking us to support are eligible for a grant.
  2. Apply in writing

    You must follow the guidelines in the Application Requirements section for each field and must in particular include all the information specified as failure to do so may mean we will not process your request. We do not accept emailed applications so please apply in writing to:

    • The Grants Administrator
      The Will Charitable Trust
      Bridge House
      11 Creek Road
      KT8 9BE
  3. Deadlines

    The deadlines are below, but please do not wait until the final deadline to submit an application – large numbers of applications received at the last minute mean we have less time to give them our fullest consideration, which may affect your chances of success.

    Blind people and Learning disabilities

    • Applications should be submitted from November and by 31 JANUARY at the latest.
      Decisions are made in the following April and successful applicants will be notified by the end of the month.
    Cancer care
    • Applications should be submitted from June and by 31 AUGUST at the latest.
      Decisions are made in the following November and successful applicants will be notified by the end of the month.
  4. Further queries

    If you have read all the guidance, but are still unsure about anything, try our FAQs, and for further help, or to discuss your application, telephone or email the Grants Office. It is only manned part time, so email is sometimes quicker.
  5. Acknowledgment of application

    Your application will normally be acknowledged within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will be notified before 30 April or 30 November as applicable (see deadlines above). If you have not heard by those dates, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. We are sorry that due to the volume of applications we are unable to notify unsuccessful applicants individually.
  6. Grant conditions

    Details of any conditions applicable to grants are included with the formal grant notification.
  7. Reporting requirements

    Generally we ask charities which have received grants to submit a short update on their project by the application deadline the following year, i.e.

    • 31 January in fields of care of blind people and care of people with learning disabilities;
    • 31 August for cancer care.

    If we require further updates we will ask for them.

  8. Publicity

    We do not like publicity, so if you receive a grant from us we do not want to be acknowledged in any publications or on your website. This is not a secrecy provision and there is no objection to your revealing our identity to others who wish to know.