Not Normally Funded

 

We do not make grants towards the following:

  • General Appeals or letters requesting donations (full applications that follow our guidelines must be submitted).
  • Local authorities, or work usually considered a statutory responsibility.
  • Schools, colleges or universities, except for special schools exclusively for pupils with disabilities or special educational needs.  We will not fund the education of pupils, but will consider funding additional services or facilities.
  • We will not fund the following unless they are in an area of high deprivation: *
    • Youth clubs
    • Uniformed groups such as Scouts and Guides
    • Community centres.
  • Counselling projects, except those that have a clearly defined client group and are in areas of high deprivation.*
  • Pre-school projects, out of school hours play activities or holiday schemes, unless these are specifically for disabled children.
  • Community transport organisations or services.
  • Projects that promote religion (please see the Frequently Asked Questions page of our website for more information on this exclusion).
  • Capital appeals for places of worship.
  • Organisations that do not provide direct services to clients (such as umbrella, second tier or grant-making organisations).
  • Organisations with liquid reserves (net current assets plus investments) covering more than 12 months' expenditure are most unlikely to receive a grant unless they can make an exceptionally convincing case that they are in financial need.
  • Arts projects, unless able to evidence therapeutic or rehabilitative benefits to:
    • older people;
    • disabled people;
    • vulnerable groups;
    • prisoners, or
    • young people experiencing educational, social and economic disadvantage (such as young people in, or leaving, care).
  • Education projects, except those able to evidence practical and rehabilitative benefits to:
    • disabled people;
    • prisoners, or
    • young people experiencing educational, social and economic disadvantage.
  • Leisure, recreation or play activities, unless they:
    • are specifically for disabled people;
    • are able to evidence a significant rehabilitative benefit to people with mental health problems, or
    • significantly improve opportunities and maximise the potential of young people who experience educational, social and economic disadvantage.
  • One-off events (such as festivals, conferences, exhibitions and community events).
  • Projects that solely provide legal advice.
  • Running costs of Hospices.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Professional associations, or training for professionals.
  • Organisations that do not have charitable aims (such as companies limited by shares and commercial companies).
  • Start up costs, organisations that do not yet have a track record of service delivery, or that have not yet produced accounts.
  • Individuals, or organisations applying on their behalf.
  • Projects taking place or benefiting people outside the UK.
  • Overseas trips.
  • Residential holidays (except those that qualify under our Holiday Grants scheme).
  • Heritage or Environmental conservation projects.
  • Social research.
  • Campaigning or lobbying projects, or general awareness raising work.
  • Projects where the main focus is website development or maintenance.
  • IT equipment (unless related to a member of staff we are also being asked to fund).
  • Capital projects that are solely to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Capital costs towards the purchase or adaptation of a vehicle.
  • Organisations that have applied to us unsuccessfully within the previous 12 months.
  • Pilot projects are not currently a high priority.  If you are seeking funds for a pilot project, please be aware you must be able to provide strong evidence from other work that has already been delivered to support the case for funding.  You must also provide clear evidence that there is a need to develop a pilot.
  • We rarely fund organisations with incomes of more than £5 million.  If your organisation has income of over £5 million you would need to very clearly demonstrate that your organisation is best placed to deliver the work and that you are unable to source the funding elsewhere.

*Areas of high deprivation means those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation.  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

 

 

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