The Trustees support capital projects only, not running costs. There is a preference to support projects related to the fabric of a building, rather than non-durable items subject to wear and tear such as furniture, appliances, musical instruments and IT.
Projects with a total budget of under £5,000 should not apply.
Applicants may suggest a preference for a grant amount (never less than £1,000), but this has no influence on the amount awarded.
Grants awarded are seldom more than 20% of the total requirement.
The majority of grants (roughly 80%) are under £5,000.
Grants of over £25,000 are exceptional and are typically awarded to major capital projects.
The Foundation will very rarely fund the full costs (or even 50%) of a project or shortfall as it expects to be one of a number of contributors to a project.
Grants are usually paid as single payments in a one year period but, if considered particularly beneficial to the project, they may be extended over three years.
Where grants are made, the projects are expected to be self-financing thereafter.