Improving Lives

Application process

Submit your application

  • Please ensure you read the full guidelines before starting your application.
  • On the application form is a list of additional information we need you to include.
  • Applications must be sent to us by post.

Acknowledgement email – 1 week

  • We will email you to acknowledge receipt within a week of receiving your application.
  • This email will include a reference number; please include this in any correspondence and have it to hand if you call.

Initial assessment – 3 to 8 weeks

  • All eligible applications are reviewed by our Grants Team.
  • During this time we may contact you if we need to clarify any information.
  • We will contact you at the end of this assessment to let you know whether your application is being shortlisted.

Shortlisted applications – up to 4 months

  • If your application is shortlisted you will be contacted to request an electronic copy of your application and additional information including your safeguarding policy, income projections, budget and fundraising strategy.
  • The additional information we request will help us to select which applications reach the Assessment Visit stage.
  • During this period staff may contact you to clarify details about your application and/or supporting documents.

Assessment visit

  • The visit is an opportunity for us to discuss your work in more detail and to find out more about your organisation and the people you work with.
  • During the visit we expect to meet with staff, a member of the Board/Trustees and, if appropriate, some of the people you support.


  • Decisions are made quarterly by the Trustees.
  • Within two weeks of the Trustees meeting we will send you a letter notifying you of the outcome.