Outline application process / times

Our funding process is in two stages: an outline proposal stage followed by a full application by invitation only at a later stage.

All outline applications are reviewed by an expert Advisory Group and our stage 2 applications are reviewed by our Trustees at their quarterly meetings. As a result it can take up to six months from submitting an outline application through to being awarded a grant if it is successful. It should be noted we are no longer taking any applications which aim to support COP 26 owing to the timeframe.

As of October 2020 we operate a rolling application programme with no application deadlines. You can submit an application at any time.

You will hear the outcome of your outline application approximately two months after your submission date.

If your application is invited to stage 2 you will be given information about how and when to submit your full application at that point.

Application process

Our two stage process allows you to submit an idea and test it against our criteria before preparing a full application. Please do trust our process and submit your ideas if you want to know what we think. Given the number of applications we receive we cannot provide comments on speculative ideas outside of this process.

The outline application is your opportunity to describe who you are, what you want to do, and why. Please make it clear how the proposed work would make a contribution towards the aim of our current funding programme, referencing one of the programme outcomes we are looking for.

Once we have reviewed your outline application it will either be declined or you will be invited by our Trustees to a submit a full stage two application. During this process outline proposals are judged on:

– fit with the aim of our programme

– strength of your analysis of the current problems and the feasibility of methods to tackle them

– the nature and extent of the proposed outcomes

– the potential strategic impact of the work

– value for money

– the level and nature of any risks that might be involved

Full second stage applications are by invitation only, at the discretion of the Trustees. If you are invited to do this read here

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