The application process and cut-off points

Our funding process is in two stages: a stage 1 online form followed by a full application by invitation only at a later stage.

All stage 1 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 a stage 1 application through to being awarded a grant if it is successful. It should be noted we are no longer taking any applications which focus on COP 26 owing to the timeframe.

We operate a rolling application process, with 4 review points across the year. The cut-off dates for applications and how they relate to our decision making process is outlined below. The next time we will review new applications therefore is in mid October 2021.

5th October 2021 – all applications received from now until this date will be reviewed firstly at our December trustee meeting and then on to March 2022 if invited to stage 2

12th January 2022 – all applications received between 6th October and 12th Jan 2022 will be reviewed firstly at our March trustee meeting and then onto June if invited to stage 2

8th April 2022 – all applications received between 13th Jan and 8th April will be reviewed for our June trustee meeting, and then onto September if invited to stage 2

6th July 2022 – all applications received between 9th April and 6th July will be reviewed for our September trustee meeting and then December if invited to stage 2

5th October 2022 – all applications received between 7th July and 5th October will be reviewed for our December trustee meeting and then again in March 2023 if invited to stage 2

You should hear the outcome of your stage 1 application within 4 months of submission. Please do get in touch with us if for some reason you have not heard back.  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 stage1 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 stage 1 application it will either be declined or you will be invited to a submit a full stage two application. During this process 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. If you are invited to do this read here

Below is a illustrated infographic of how the grant scheme works. Click on the image to expand the image.

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