Our funding goes through a rigorous process, so that we can make sure we are funding the great organisations and work which will have the greatest impact. The steps involved in this process are set out below.
This is your chance to tell us about your work and how you want us to support it. Sometimes we will ask you for a shorter concept note (or even a video) before we decide whether to invite you to complete a full proposal. As part of your full proposal we’ll ask you to submit a number of supporting documents. You can find out more about these documents and see an example proposal form here.
Proposals are reviewed by our team who decide whether to take your application forward for assessment. Along with checking that your organisation and proposal are eligible for funding, we will consider:
All successfully shortlisted proposals are assessed. We may request more information about your proposal in between shortlisting and assessment.
If your proposal is taken forward to assessment we will carry out a number of checks to ensure your organisation meets our minimum standards. These include checking that your board members are allowed to serve in this capacity, that your annual accounts have been properly scrutinised and that you have a good track record of submitting documents to your regulatory body on time.
To be able to support your proposal we need to be sure of your organisation’s ability to manage our funding. To help us gain this confidence we carry out an assessment of your organisation’s financial health, management and governance. Here we will want to discuss the information you have provided us with in detail and may request additional evidence. We will also assess any partners you may intend to work with.
We tend to visit organisations at assessment stage to get an idea of how they operates day to day and understand more about the project. How did you develop it? How will it lead to lasting change? How will you know that change has happened and what will you do with learning? We will also assess the knowledge and skills of the organisations we’re being asked to fund and their ability to deliver the work successfully.
Our Funding Committees, made up of independent experts, and our Trustees, decide whether to fund the project based upon your proposal and our recommendations after assessment.
We'll let you know the outcome. If approved, we’ll send you an offer letter and the funding conditions. Read more about on what we expect from Funding holders in managing your Funding.