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Application Guidelines

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Programme Grants:

The Trust only funds registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes.

Trustees only consider unsolicited applications for their Small Grants Programmes (UK and Africa).  Proposals for the Trust’s other programmes are invited by the Trustees or initiated at their request. The Trustees are keen to learn more about organisations whose work fits into the categories above but unsolicited applications are not encouraged and are unlikely to be successful.

If you would like to send us information about your organisation and project this should be sent by email to As our offices are currently closed, please do not submit applications by post.

Please send no more than two pages of A4 covering:

  • The organisation – explaining its charitable aims and objectives, and giving its most recent annual income and expenditure, and current financial position. Please do not send a full set of accounts.
  • The project requiring funding – why it is needed, who will benefit and in what way.
  • The funding – breakdown of costs, any money raised so far, and how the balance will be raised.
  • At this stage please do not send supporting books, brochures, DVDs, annual reports or accounts.

All correspondence will be acknowledged by email.   If your organisation is a candidate for support, you will hear from us within twelve weeks of the acknowledgement. Applicants who do not hear from us within this time must assume they have been unsuccessful.

Small Grants – UK and Africa:

The Trustees welcome unsolicited applications for their small grants programmes, both in the UK and in Africa. Trustees are keen to make these programmes available to as many organisations as possible; it is therefore unlikely that they will fund any organisation in consecutive years.

Small Grants UK:

For more information about our UK Small Grants programme and how to apply, please click here.

Small Grants Africa:

For more information about our Africa Small Grants programme and how to apply, please click here.