photo: Young boy in wheelchair courtesy of Together for Short Lives


Small Grants UK – FAQ

Application procedure

  • Applications are accepted throughout the year (there is no set deadline).
  • The Trustees meet on a quarterly basis to review applications.
  • All applications will receive either an email or letter of acknowledgment within three weeks to confirm receipt of the original application.
  • Applications will only be considered once every 12 months, whether or not the organisation has been successful in receiving funding from The True Colours Trust.

The Trust only accepts applications from registered charities or those with charitable status.

Application form guidelines

  • Applications can either be completed online or a copy of the form downloaded and emailed to truecolours@sfct.org.uk. Hard copies can be sent to: The True Colours Trust, The Peak, 5 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1AP.
  • Expenditure (as detailed on the form) is for the overall annual costs of your organisation.
  • Cost to run services/projects annually is the annual costs to your organisation to run the service/projects. This is the expenditure minus core costs. For some organisations this figure may be the same as the expenditure.
  • For applications outside of England, please include an emailed copy of your organisations latest set of accounts.

Successful applications

  • If your application is successful you will receive an award letter from the Trust.
  • Payments must be drawn down within the year of the award being made.
  • You will be required to submit a report on the use of the grant within a year of the payment being made.

Unsuccessful applications

  • If you have not heard from the Trust within three months of us receiving your original application it will be deemed unsuccessful.
  • Due to the large volume of applications the Trust receives, it will not be possible for us to write to you to advise that the application has been unsuccessful.
  • You are welcome to reapply in the following calendar year if your application is unsuccessful.
  • We regret we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Other information

  • This grant programme is for UK organisations with projects within the UK only.
  • Trustees are keen to make the grant programme available to as many organisations as possible; it is therefore unlikely that they will fund organisations in consecutive years.
  • The programme is unable to provide support to local authorities.
  • The programme is to provide support for children and young adults, from the age range 0-26 years.
  • The projects detailed as areas the Trustees are keen to support is an indication only, projects outside of this list which provide support for children and young people with disabilities, and those with complex health care needs will also be considered.
  • The Trustees are unlikely to fund the following:  condition specific organisations; residential play schemes; residential special schools; and free schools.  Also, organisations whose annual income exceeds £300,000 are unlikely to be considered.
  • Organisations wishing to apply must adhere to the Trust’s safeguarding policy which can be found here