Application process / times

Our funding process is in two stages: an outline proposal stage and a full application stage. It can take up to six months from submitting an outline application through to being awarded a grant if it is successful.

We fund a variety of projects that address the issues of economic resilience and systems change in different ways.


Application Dates

Applications deadlines for 2019 are as follows. Applications should be with us no later than 12 noon. The whole process can take up to six months so please bear this in mind when planning your project timescales.

For Outline Applications – no later than noon on:

Monday 21st January 2019 (NOW CLOSED)
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 (NOW CLOSED)
Monday 7th October 2019

(Please note in 2019 there are three outline application deadlines, not four)

For Second Stage Applications (by invitation only) – no later than noon on:

Monday 28th January 2019 (NOW CLOSED)
Monday 29th April 2019 (NOW CLOSED)
Monday 29th July 2019 (NOW CLOSED)
Monday 28th October 2019


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.

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 funding 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 applications are by invitation only, at the discretion of the Trustees. This stage involves the submission of a more detailed proposal (up to six pages long) and an assessment interview with our staff. Trustees then decide if they wish to fund your project as part of our portfolio at their next quarterly meeting. We do allow applicants to defer submission of their full application to a later meeting if they need longer to pull this together, but applicants can only defer once. Thereafter they will be asked to resubmit a stage one application.

Funding decisions are at the absolute discretion of our Trustees, but the Foundation is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and fairness towards all applicants – see our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy for information. We have a Conflicts of Interest Policy in relation to grant applications that Trustees have a connection with, including – but not limited to – those that they may have a pecuniary interest in.