Please read "Who Can Apply" first and make sure that you meet our criteria before contacting us. Most importantly it must be for a specific project that benefits the residents of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire. (We are no longer supporting projects in Buckinghamshire.) Applications outside of this catchment area will automatically be rejected.
We only accept applications from charities or organisations with charitable status. We can only correspond directly with the charity and not with third parties. Please email from your charity's email address. This is for data protection and to protect your charity. We will check your contact details on The Charity Commission website.
Due to the wide range of projects we support we do not have an application form.
Please don't worry if we do not have a meeting scheduled. We respond to the number of applications we are receiving, so the more applications that are coming in the sooner a meeting will be scheduled, subject to the availability of the trustees.
If you meet the criteria then send us an email, ideally from the email address given on your Charity Commission website entry. We need to know that you are authorised to make the application as a representative of your charitable organisation.
Please make sure (as a minimum) you quote:
your Charity Number
your role in the organisation
that you are authorised by the organisation to submit the application
what new and specific project you would like funding for (we do not give core funding or pay for any staff costs or support ongoing activities). Please do NOT include any case studies; we can't verify them so they serve no purpose and after reading requests for decades we are aware of the problems. Tell us how we can help as clearly as you can. We are looking at giving a one off lump sum that will make a real difference to your organisation in a meaningful way. We are not looking at your day to day running costs.
any time constraints on your project (if we can not award you a grant at the current meeting but we feel it has real merit we may opt to hold over your application to the next meeting if it is not time sensitive)
how much you are looking for from us with a detailed break down including proper quotes (not estimates)
how much you have raised so far (if any)
the total cost of this specific project
who you are looking to help with your project (must be residents of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire).
to whom a cheque should be made payable if your application is successful as we need to check that this corresponds with your charity's details
It really helps if you can make this as clear as possible. Please do not ask us for "however much you can" or "as much as possible". Give us a figure or break it down into separate elements we could choose to fund. Please also attach any supporting documents and if your latest reports and accounts are not on The Charity Commission Website either give us a link to where we can find them or attach them if we can't access them online. It also helps if you give us a link to your website and social media if you have them.
Usually less than half the applications we receive will result in a grant and often the grant will be for less than the full amount applied for. You need to make your case that your application is particularly worthy of support. It helps to show that your staff are fully qualified and competent. It also helps to provide letters of support from prominent organisations your charity has links with who can vouch for the work that you do and specifically the project you wish to undertake. These should come from the organisation itself. Please do not include letters of support from private individuals. We can't verify them and we can't store them due to the data protection implications. If you submit an application with any details relating to a private individual we will have to reject it and ask you to resubmit it with the information removed which wastes everyone's time.
Applications are usually presented to the trustees in the order in which they are received. It is in your interest to get your application in at the earliest opportunity as it allows more time to check that you have given us all the information you need to and if we have too many applications for the meeting you are more likely to have your application held over to the following meeting if it arrived in the final days before the deadline. We will always do our best to be fair and impartial but leaving your application to the final moment is not in the best interest of your charity.
The trustees decision is final and no explanation will be entered into if your application is not successful.