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.
Innovation Awards - Now Closed
“Due to the current Coronavirus crisis, Summerfield Charitable Trust has closed applications for our Innovation Awards early. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
The four awards will reflect the key interest areas of the Trust: Arts Award – including the arts, museums and built heritage; Eco Award – including the environment and our natural heritage; Communities Award – including community building, health and wellbeing, especially among vulnerable or disadvantaged groups; and Education Award - including sport and recreation. There are not firm rules on what the Awards will support. Your project could be a special event or celebration. You might want to try a new approach to the work you do. Or you might want to put a spotlight on an issue or a community that you consider is currently overlooked.
Who can apply?
The awards will be given to charities, voluntary groups, or individuals who have an idea that demonstrates an original or inventive approach to tackling challenges and creating opportunities in the arts, environment, communities or in education.
Applicants must be resident in Gloucestershire and the project must be for the benefit of the county. As with the Trust’s main grants programme, ideas including medical research, private education, animal welfare, trips abroad or projects that have already taken place will not be considered. If you are currently in receipt of funding from the Trust, or if you have recently been rejected, you are still welcome to apply.
Tackling challenges and creating opportunities
The awards will be given to new ideas or approaches that explore or deliver innovation. It could be to support investigation of a new approach, to deliver or test innovation within an existing project, or to celebrate or highlight an issue in a new way.
There are no rules for these awards, but they need to demonstrate compelling innovation against one of the four categories. These are one-off awards that are forward looking and tackle the challenges for Gloucestershire.
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?