Grant Applications

Grants will be awarded twice a year, in line with trustee meetings.

Applications for the April 2017 grant round are now closed. Details of the October grants will be available soon.

Read more about our grants process below.


Applications considered for funding

Funding will normally be considered for capital and revenue costs for both specific projects and for general running/core costs.

Grants are awarded for amounts from £250 to a maximum of £10,000. The awarding of grants will depend on a number of factors including purpose, total funding requirement and potential sources of other funds including, in some cases, matched-funding.

Usually, one-off grants are awarded but, in exceptional circumstances, a new project may be funded over two or three years, subject to satisfactory reports on progress.

The following are examples of areas of work which fall within the Appeal's grant policy:

  • Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing, respite care and schools
  • Play schemes and play therapy schemes
  • Day and social activity centres including building costs and running costs
  • Support for families, including respite schemes
  • Independent living schemes
  • Support in the community schemes
  • Hospices
  • Minibuses
  • Advocacy projects
  • Research (cancer or children related illness)

Eligibility criteria

Only applications from UK registered not-for-profit organisations will be considered.
Applicants and grant beneficiaries should be based or operating in the North and the Midlands.

Organisations applying must have completed at least two years of activity and be able to submit accounts.

Please be aware that grants will not be awarded to:

  • Individuals
  • Public bodies
  • Organisations that mainly distribute grants to other organisations
  • Organisations with an income of over £5million per annum
  • Organisations with political associations or interests
  • Cover capital expenditure

All Applications

All applicants must complete an eligibility form prior to submitting a grant application.

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity.

All applicants will be sent a confirmation email to acknowledge their application. Successful applicants will be contacted within one month of the relevant trustees meeting.

We aim to run a responsible and flexible grant-scheme and each application will be considered on its own merits.

Only one application will be considered from each organisation in any one year. A further application from an organisation will not be considered for a period of two years after the provision of a grant. 

Application Process

  1. Contact the Appeal for an application form from
  2. A copy of an applicant's latest annual report and accounts should be submitted with the application form
  3. Trustees will consider applications at scheduled meetings
  4. Formal acceptance or rejection of the application will be made following the meeting, with all applicants will be advised in writing of the Trustees' decision after the meeting.
  5. If your application is successful, will you receive a formal grant offer letter for you to sign and return as acceptance and confirmation of whom, to make grant payable
  6. Due to the high volume of correspondence, feedback will, unfortunately, not to be available to unsuccessful applicants
  7. Following receipt of the signed grant offer letter, payment by cheque or BACS will be made within one month
  8. On receipt of grant funds we would ask you to ensure you send an official acknowledgment of safe receipt of the cheque/BACS payment
  9. Project report: the terms of any grant may include the provision that the charity/organisation submits a written report on the project to be funded. If this is required it will be stipulated in your offer

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