Responsive Grant Making

The Responsive Grant-Making programme is our main programme where we are pleased to consider applications for our support.  Whilst our criteria are relatively broad, grants will only be considered where all the following points are met.

Our responsive grants are normally unrestricted one-off grants of £500 each. Occasionally the trustees may award other amounts, but in considering an application to us, it is worth thinking how an unrestricted grant of £500 could allow your charity to do more than at present.

See the how to apply page if you wish to apply for a responsive grant.

The Trustees criteria in relation to new responsive grant applications are as follows:

  • We only make grants to organisations, not to individuals, and we do not support individual student placements/projects/courses/overseas visits of any kind.  Organisations must be UK charities (but we are happy to consider charities excepted from registration – e.g. smaller churches – but please note that churches over £100,000 should now be registered as charities).  Please make sure your charitable status is clear on your lettehead when you write to us.  If you are applying for a project which is part of a larger charity we need the full details for the overall charity.
  • Our focus for responsive grants is support of smaller and medium-sized charities where we believe a small grant is more likely to make a difference, so no grants are made to charities with over £1M income (based on the latest available accounts for the whole charity).
  • In the case of locally-based charities (this includes local churches) our support is strictly limited to organisations based in (a) Scotland or (b) Yorkshire.
  • We are happy to receive applications from national organisations, but only if the work is genuinely serving most of the country (at least England-wide or Scotland-wide) and your total income must still be under £1M.
  • We are unable to support applications where we have concerns over the organisation’s accounts and in particular where they are consistently late in submission to the Charity Commission or OSCR.
  • We do not support organisations or projects where the main object is:
    • the advancement of arts
    • environmental improvement
    • sport
    • animal welfare
    • work linked to the armed forces.

This does not mean we exclude any applications involving such work – but if you decide to apply to us for work which involves any of these areas, ensure that the actual aims of your work are clear.

  • Although we are interested in overseas development, we contribute significant amounts to this via the Planned Grant-Making fund – so we do not consider Responsive Grants for organisations working in the field of international development.
  • We do not support appeals to provide special trips or prizes to children or adults (although we are happy to consider residential activities in the UK with a clear educational or therapeutic benefit).
  • We do not support building appeals from this fund – this is simply because we feel the sort of small grants we can offer are much more likely to make a difference to your operational work.

We are more interested in the organisation than the project, and in the final stages of choosing which charities to support, we place considerable attention on the organisation’s charity accounts in terms of conformity to charity law and indication of a well-managed organisation.

Examples of recent grants:

Responsive grants to local organisations in Yorkshire:

  • Skipper Ethel Trust, Sheffield: £500
  • St Lukes Cares (Leeds): £500
  • Sidewalk Youth Project, Scarborough: £500
  • Kingdom Living (Holmfirth): £250
  • Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall: £250
  • Craven Development Education Centre: £250
  • The Datic Trust, Sheffield (Galeed House): £600
  • Personal Support Unit – primarily for work in Leeds: £600
  • Relate Mid-Yorkshire: £600
  • Citizens Advice, York: £600

Responsive grants to local charities in Scotland:

  • Stirling Carers Centre: £500
  • Several further grants were agreed in February 2019 and will be publicised shortly.

Responsive grants to national organisations:

  • The Hardman Trust (work with prisoners): £500
  • Church Action on Poverty: £500
  • The Civil Liberties Trust: £500
  • Maytree (support for those who are suicidal): £500
  • British Thyroid Foundation: £500
  • The Ataxia-Telangiectasia Society: £500
  • The Public Law Project: £500
  • Wintershall Charitable Trust – restricted to the Good Friday play 2016 in Trafalgar Square: £500
  • Daylight Christian Prison Trust: £500
  • IPSEA – Independent Parental Special Education Advice: £600
  • Solace – Therapy for asylum seekers (double grant): £1200.