Small Grants Scheme – Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme aims to be as flexible in support of small charities during these unprecedented times, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear need for their services.

Small Grants Scheme Guidelines

The Foyle Foundation understands that charities are now operating within very different circumstances since the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.  They are keen to be as flexible as can be in their support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application.

Who Can Apply

The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

They are not able to support individuals.  School PTAs and Friend groups are not eligible to apply.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme.

Please note they do expect competition for funding to be intense and that they  will receive many more applications than we are able to fund.

What the Foundation will Fund

Their focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

Their priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

At present, it will not be a priority to consider building projects unless these are for essential repairs or re-equipping, in order for you to carry out your work more efficiently or cost effectively and where you can demonstrate why there is  an immediate need to carry out these works.

Until Spring 2021 they are unlikely to consider activities which involve social gatherings. In certain circumstances where social distancing prevailing rules can be maintained they may consider this by exception. Please email the Foundation to discuss this further before making any application to them.  They will keep this issue under review and update their guidance to applicants periodically.

Applicants must show how any grant will make a significant difference to their current work.

Charities must illustrate ongoing financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application.  Please note that demonstrating ongoing sustainability in the current uncertain climate is vitally important. If you cannot demonstrate this, your application is likely to be declined.  For example, you must let the Foundation know:

  • the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation to date
  • how you have retrenched, reduced staff and other costs, or cut back your normal services
  • the impact on your volunteers (if applicable)
  • what services you can still provide and to whom and by what means
    how you are implementing/or intend to implement social distancing rules
  • what your contingencies or fallback position will be if further lockdown measures, either local or national come into effect
  • what your revised COVID-19 affected annual budget, income/expenditure forecast is likely to be
  • if you have any reserves and how they are being used to support your charity at this time.
  • what income you have raised to date for the current year
  • your current shortfall for the year and how you consider that this can be met
  • if you are able to access any local government, public agency or lottery funding
  • the details of any other funding sources you are applying to

How Much Can You Apply For

Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

 When Can You Apply?

There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to four months to obtain a decision from Trustees.

When an application is declined, the charity is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date.

If an application is approved, the charity is eligible to re-apply to the Foundation from 12 months after the approval date.  Please note that once you have received a grant from The Foundation it is unlikely that you will be a priority for funding in the following year.

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