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Eligibility & Application Deadlines

Who can apply?

Wherever you are in the UK, your organisation must be one of the following not-for-private-profit organisations or lowest tiers of local government:

  • Unincorporated organisations that are intending to incorporate (for Project Viability Grants only)

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs or SCIOs)

  • Charitable Companies Limited by Guarantee

  • Charitable Community Benefit Societies

  • Community Benefit Societies

  • Not-for-private-profit Companies Limited by Guarantee

  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) Limited by Guarantee

  • Parish and Town Councils


We will not generally fund:

  • Private individuals

  • Local authorities and other public sector bodies other than Parish and Town Councils (unless applying on behalf of an organisation still in formation)

  • Universities, colleges and other mainstream educational institutions including independent schools

  • For-profit companies, unless in a partnership led by a not-for-profit organisation

  • Unincorporated organisations (e.g. charitable trusts and associations) that are not intending to incorporate

  • Organisations with fewer than three Trustees or Directors. If there are only three Trustees/Directors, none of these should be spouses or otherwise related to one another.

  • Limited liability partnerships

  • Churches or other places of worship, where the building or the space within the building you are enquiring about will be used as an active place of religious worship – defined as hosting regular religious services or religion-based activities such as prayer or religious study. If you are unclear as to whether your project is eligible on the basis of religious activity taking place within your building, please reach out to one of our Officers who will be able to provide further guidance.

Application Deadlines

If you are unsure as to your eligibility, then please contact us for a discussion about your project and organisation in the first instance.

Applications of up to £15,000 in Scotland, and applications of up to £7,500 in Wales and Northern Ireland, can be submitted at any time. You will normally get a decision in 6 to 8 weeks and these applications are assessed at our monthly Grants Decision Meetings.

The quarterly Grants Panel considers applications from Scotland of more than £15,000, and all applications of more than £7,500 in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applications of up to £20,000 in England can be submitted at any time, beginning with a Stage 1 Expression of Interest. You will normally get a decision 8 to 12 weeks after submitting your Stage 2 application. These applications are assessed at our monthly Grants Decision Meetings.

In Northern Ireland, Project Viability Grants for up to £10,000 and Project Development Grants for up to £20,000 can currently be made, with a focus on villages, and will be assessed on a monthly basis.

Deadlines for submission of all grant applications to be considered at Grants Panel are: 

  • 31 January 2024 for a decision in March 2024
  • 30 April 2024 for a decision in June 2024
  • 31 July 2024 for a decision in September 2024
  • 31 October 2024 for a decision in December 2024

Find out more about our grant programmes and apply for projects in:
England - Northern Ireland - Scotland - Wales

If you are looking for more funding options, you can also take a look at our Loan Funds.