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Applying for a Large Grant

A large grant of £10,000 or more can help your growing organisation to develop sustainable work to eliminate poverty and inequality.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a large grant:

  • Your project must meet one of our anti-poverty and inequality priorities.
  • Your project must benefit people in Trafford.
  • Your group must have:
    • A constitution
    • A committee, or other governing group with at least three unrelated people in
    • A bank account in the name of the organisation
    • A recent set of audited annual accounts
    • Be incorporated, either as a charity or a company which does not distribute profits to shareholders

Application

The questions we ask of our large grant applicants at stage 1 are:

  • What does your organisation do?
  • Who does your organisation help?
  • Summary of the project
  • Why do you want to do this work?
  • What difference will your work make to the people, organisations and communities that you help?
  • Which of our themes does your work relate to?
  • Monitoring and Evaluation plan.
  • What plans do you have to ensure the difference your work makes lasts beyond the lifetime of the grant?
  • Cost table.

When you select “Application Complete” on our online form, you will receive a confirmation email that you have submitted your application and we have received it.

If successful, we will ask you to complete a stage 2 application which builds on stage 1. This will be with the support of one of our Capacity Builders. The questions we ask at stage 2 are:

  • What is the reason for you wanting to do this work at the present time?
  • Why are you the best people to do this work?
  • How does this work build on work that you have already done, or resource you already have in place?
  • How does this work add to what is being done by others?
  • What have others told you about the need for this work? What research have you looked at?
  • How will you make sure that your organisation can deliver this work effectively?
  • Year by Year work plan.
  • Identifying risks and what you will do about them.
  • How will you know that your work has been successful?
  • What difference will your work make for your own organisation?
  • Will your work influence others to do things differently or better in the future?
  • Cost breakdown
  • In our feedback at Stage 1, we may have asked you to submit some specific documents at Stage 2:
    • Staff/team structure diagram
    • Job descriptions for positions we are funding
    • Confirmation/letters of commitment for any match-funding
    • Letters of support from key project partners
    • Other (if applicable)

 

Timescales

Once submitted, you will hear from us within 8 weeks with a decision regarding your first stage application.

Once submitted, you will hear from us within 8 weeks with a decision regarding your second stage application.

Applications submitted in December may find this is longer due to the Christmas break.

Grant Agreement

If successful, we will invite you to complete a Grant Agreement online. To complete this you will need to upload/send to us:

  • Constitution/governing document.
  • Policies needed to cover your activity.
    • Liability Insurance (if you are working with members of the public)
    • Risk Assessment
    • Health and Safety Policy
    • Safeguarding Policy (for work with children/vulnerable adults)
    • Other (where relevant)
  • Set of Audited Accounts
  • Bank Statement showing account name, number and sort code (if requesting payment via bank transfer)

Once you have submitted your Grant Agreement online, we aim to send your payment (or first payment if applicable) within 3 weeks of this date.

This allows us time to check your supporting documents and verify your bank details. Should we need to clarify anything you have sent us, we will get in touch and this may delay your payment.

Monitoring and Evaluation

6 monthly reporting

If you have been awarded a grant with following payments conditional on Monitoring reports, we will ask you to complete a Monitoring form every 6 months. As part of the monitoring, we require evidence. This is:

  • Visual – 3 photos/videos of your project
  • Evidence of spend – receipts, bank statement, payslips
  • Quotes from the people your work helped
  • 1 Case study evidence
  • Reporting on the outcomes outlined in your application, and any unexpected outcomes

When your project is due to end, we will ask you to complete a Monitoring and Evaluation form showing what you have achieved. We will write to you within the month your project is due to end to remind you to complete this.

As part of the Evaluation, we require evidence. This is:

  • Visual – 3 photos/videos of your project
  • Evidence of spend – receipts, bank statement, payslips
  • Quotes from the people your work helped
  • Case study evidence of one person/group you have helped
  • Reporting on the outcomes outlined in your application, and any unexpected outcomes

 

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Please note: Our large grants start at £10,000. Currently this is capped at £50,000 per year for a maximum of a 2 year project.


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