APPLY FOR A GRANT
When to submit your application
The Trustees meet quarterly - usually in January, April, July, and October - to consider all eligible funding requests received during the previous quarter.
The Trustees prefer to support projects that will take place, or start, within six months of receiving the grant. It is therefore important when applying to be clear about time scales and confident they will fit in with the timing of the quarterly meetings. You should allow plenty of time before the Stage 1 deadline date to prepare and submit your application.
How to Apply
We have a two-stage application process for all applicants. The step-by-step guide below explains the application process. It is important to check the deadline dates for the quarterly Trustee meetings and allow plenty of time to prepare and submit your application.
Before completing the online application: We strongly advise that you view our What We Fund and Grants Paid pages to ensure that your project is eligible and meets with our funding criteria.
STEP 1: Complete and submit the online Stage 1 Grant Application Form (using the link after Step 5),or click here to preview the online application form.
All applicants are required to complete the online application form which enables us to make an initial assessment and decide whether to take your application to the second stage. After completing and submitting your form you will receive an acknowledgement email which includes a copy of the data submitted. This will be followed up by the Trust Administrator.
STEP 2: Second stage of the application
If your application is to be submitted for consideration by the Trustees you will be invited to complete a Stage 2 Application. This will be emailed to you and must be returned by post with supporting documentation & recent accounts.
STEP 3: A Visit
We often ask one of our independent advisers to visit for a further assessment of applications. We will notify you in advance if a visit is to be arranged.
STEP 4: Your fundraising progress
In between submitting your second stage application and it being considered by the Trustees, we ask that you keep us updated about the progress of your fundraising or any changes to the application. It is important that the information submitted to the Trustees is accurate and up to date.
STEP 5: Notification of funding decisions
You will be informed of the Trustees’ decision as soon as possible after their meeting. If your application is successful you will receive a letter outlining the terms of the grant.
How to Apply for the Innovation Awards
Anyone interested in submitting an idea for one of the four Innovation Awards will need to apply via the Summerfield Charitable Trust website.
For these one-off awards, applicants will need to make it clear which of the four awards they wish to apply for and detail how the money will be spent, answering a few short questions about their idea.To apply you will need to answer the following questions:
1. What is the challenge you are looking to address?
2. What is innovative or different about your project?
3. What impact will the award make?
4. What will the legacy of your Award be?
Applications should be no more than two sides of A4. The deadline for applications is Thursday 9 April. The successful awards will be announced in May 2020. Your idea or project needs to be delivered between May 2020 and September 2021.