Aims/priorities: The Trust funds a wide range of organisations working to support positive change in people's lives and in their communities around the UK. It does not have any specific funding programmes to advance any particular agenda, but it is keen to work with organisations that have a real understanding of the challenges facing the communities they support and a clear sense of the difference they seek to make through their work.
The Trust wants to support work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make such an important contribution to the wellbeing and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities. It is also interested in supporting organisations which challenge injustice and inequality in their communities and wider society, particularly where this work is rooted in the lived experience of those they work with.
And during time of challenge and uncertainty it is keen to support organisations which have the ability to flex and adapt, imagining new ways of doing things while holding true to their values.
Grants can be used for the following:
- Core organisational costs, such as salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs.
- Project grants (However this is increasingly unusual as the Trust's focus is on the whole organisation, which means that it doesn’t usually make sense for it to fund time-limited, contained projects.)
- Capital grants for buildings or equipment.
Who can apply? Applications are invited from charitable organisations with a constitution and a bank account, including registered charities, unincorporated associations, community interest companies, and community benefit societies. Organisations should be working directly with people in the UK who are on the edges of mainstream society and have limited access to resources and opportunities.
Grant amount: There is no maximum or minimum level of grant, although it is unusual for a grant of less than £10,000 to be made. Grants are usually for one, two or three years. Funding is sometimes available over a longer period, usually by making a further grant following on from the original one. Advice and development support for organisations is also available from the Trust.
Application process: Applications should be made online. There is a two-stage process:
- Applicants should create an account, then fill in a brief online form and upload their cover letter, answers to the five application questions (see funding guidelines) and a copy of their latest annual accounts.
- Those who are successful at this initial stage will go through to the second stage, which involves an in-depth conversation, via phone or Zoom with one of the Trust's grant managers.
Deadline: 31 March 2022.
Contact information: Information Team - Tel 020 7727 8522
Website address: tudortrust.org.uk