Decision Making Process
Every application we receive is unique however our approach during the assessment period is consistent - whether you are applying for £1.5k or £150k.
Our overarching aim is to fund, support and champion charities that are making a difference with vulnerable people and improving their quality of life.
All applications are checked to ensure that they meet our eligibility criteria and all supporting documentation has been uploaded. Details can be found here.
If an application meets our initial checks, it will be assessed by one of our Grant Managers who will consider:
- The purpose of your charity (why you do what you do) and the vulnerabilities of the people you support
- Your activities and the difference your charity makes to the lives of the people you support
- Why you need funding and (if applicable) what unrestricted funding will help you to do?
- Your financial position – your current sources of income, your funding gap/need for funding, your unrestricted reserves
Our Grant Managers assess each application on a stand-alone basis.
We may contact applicants to gather further information if needed.
When the Grant Managers have made their recommendations, they have a detailed review and challenge session with the Chief Executive.
All decisions are presented to the Board of Trustees who have final approval.
All applicants are informed of their decision and advised of next steps. Where an application is declined, we can offer feedback calls to explain the reasons why.