SMALL GRANTS FAQs
SMALL GRANTS FAQs
Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Small Grants Programme. We hope that your query will be answered here, but if not, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust Helpdesk for further information.
Who can apply for funding?
We accept applications from community groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations and community interest companies, as long as the organisation is a constituted group. Please note that restrictions apply on the amount that can be applied for depending on what type of organisation you are applying from.
How much can I apply for?
We provide funding from £500 to £20,000 (or up to £10,000 in Wales). If you are a registered charity, you can apply for up to £20,000. If you do not have a registered charity number, you can apply for up to £2,000.
What is the difference between applications for over and under £2,000?
How much you apply for will most likely depend on the type of organisation you are. As stated above, only registered charities can apply for over £2,000.
What kind of projects do you fund?
We fund projects that put people at the heart of the community development, as detailed in the guidance notes. All projects must have a clear charitable purpose with visible results, and funds should be spent in one year with sustainable impacts lasting beyond.
Do you accept applications from all of Great Britain?
We accept applications for projects taking place in England, Scotland and Wales.
Do you fund projects that will run outside of Great Britain?
No – all projects must demonstrate a direct benefit to Scotland, England or Wales. This is because the Trust is 100% funded by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, and all funds must be re-invested into the local communities from which they originated. Please note that we do not fund projects in Northern Ireland.
How long should my project last?
We will only fund projects that last a maximum of one year in duration, i.e. we will not fund one year of a three year project. This criterion is non-negotiable and we will not accept applications for projects that intend to last longer than one year in England and Scotland or six months in Wales.
Who decides if my project receives funding?
All decisions regarding the award of funds are made by an independent Board of Trustees. All decisions made by the Trustees are final.
Why do I have to provide supporting documents?
You must provide the required supporting documents in order to give us as much information about your organisation and the project as possible. Doing so will give your application the best chance of success. If you do not submit all necessary documentation, we will be unable to process your application
I have two different projects that are both eligible for funding. Can I apply for both?
No – we can only accept one application per organisation in any one round of funding. This also applies to different branches of the same organisation. However, an organisation can submit one application for activity in Scotland, another for activity in England or Wales. However because of the large number of applications we receive it is highly unlikely that an organisation will have more than one successful application within a single funding round.
What if I have applied to the Trust before? Can I apply again?
We encourage previous applicants to apply in future rounds: - If your previous application was unsuccessful, you can apply again but this must be with a different project and you must wait six months before applying again. - If your application was successful, you are welcome to apply again, but you must be able to demonstrate that your previously funded project is complete, and that you complied with all necessary funding requirements prior to re-applying.
How many times can I apply to People’s Postcode Trust?
If your previous application was unsuccessful, you can apply again but this must be with a different project and you must wait six months before applying again. Successful organisations may not apply for further funding until they have completed the project they were originally granted funds for. Before applying again, please ensure that you spent all funds and returned the project evaluation form and all receipts. You will not be permitted to re-apply if you have not done so.
The items I wanted to purchase with the awarded funds are no longer available. What should I do?
We understand that there may be circumstances that mean you are unable to spend the money in the way you intended (i.e. items are out of stock, installation proves impossible etc). You must contact us as soon as possible if you are unable to proceed with your project as described in your application. You must put your request in writing and provide a breakdown of the revised costs, as well as quotations to support these estimates. Your request will then be considered by the Dream Fund management team, and you will be informed of their decision as quickly as possible. Please note that we cannot guarantee to approve any request for the re-allocation of funds.