Each of the four Trusts has its own board of Trustees and, although there are some areas of overlap, each Trust has its own distinct interests and grant-making criteria. Although this means that support is given to a very wide range of charitable causes, it also leads to great pressure on the Trust’s resources. Fewer than 50% of unsolicited applications to the Trusts are successful.
A significant percentage of the grants awarded are made on a one-off basis for capital purposes such as the purchase or construction of new premises, building extension, redevelopment or refurbishment, or the purchase of equipment and vehicles. Most other grants are directed towards specific projects which will meet a clearly defined and demonstrable need within the applicant charity’s beneficiary/client group which cannot be met from statutory sources. Such grants may be made on a one-off basis or phased, often on a tapering basis, over a three year period. Evidence of longer-term sustainability is an important factor in the Trustees’ decision-making.
While the Trusts do not make grants towards the ongoing cost of sustaining core activities, the Trustees do recognise that securing funding for such costs can be a particular challenge. Applicants should, therefore, include a reasonable level of management costs to cover overheads when submitting a project budget; this may include some employment costs.