FAQ

Applying to Us

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Please start by reading our Funding Guidelines document. It is here that you will see the areas that we fund. If you are then sure that you qualify for a grant please go to our online application form via the link on the Apply page.
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Yes you can. Please contact our office and we will be more than happy to talk to you. Before you call please read our  to make sure that you Funding Guidelines are eligible to apply.
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There is no average grant. Our Small Grants scheme is for applications of less than £5,000, while our Main Grants scheme covers appeals of over £5,000. You can get a sense of the size of grants we give by looking at our annual report or Past Grants page.
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No there isn’t. You are welcome to ask for the sum you want. Every appeal is considered on its own merit and awards are made at the Trustees discretion. However, it is unusual for us to give grants for more than £15,000 a year. This should not limit the size of your appeal, although we do ask you to show what other efforts you have made, or are making, to secure alternative funding.
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Yes, but generally grants are not given for more than three years.
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No, we will only consider one application at a time.
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There is no deadline. You can submit your application at any time during the year. We assess applications as part of a rolling programme. Just submit your application as soon as it is ready.
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No we don’t, we only accept applications that have been submitted online.
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Our staff regularly visit projects. However, because of the number of applications we receive, we are unable to visit every one.
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We hold grant application meetings every quarter.
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No. We operate a rolling application process. When we have assessed your application, we will let you know the date of the meeting at which it will be considered.
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We will assess your Stage 1 application and let you know within three/four weeks whether your application is invited to proceed to a Stage 2 application.  If you have been successful we will send you an email with a link to your Stage 2 application. It will usually take between four months from receipt of your application to assess your Stage 2 application and prepare it for one of our trustees quarterly meeting. Ssome applications may take longer to process, particularly if additional information is required.
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Due to the volume of application we receive, it is very hard for us to give individual feedback.

Eligibilty

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No, not at present unless they are also a registered charity.
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Yes, but only for projects that fall clearly outside their statutory obligations.
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Yes, there are some. If you have:
  • submitted an application, you must wait until we reach a decision before you can re-apply.
  • been awarded a grant, you must wait two years from the grant award date before you can re-apply.
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No, not if the project is exactly the same. However, if you have revised your proposal we may consider it.

Funding

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Like most other grant-giving organisations, we receive more applications than we can possibly fund. On average, only 1 in 5 of all appeals that fit within our guidelines is successful. To improve your chances of success please make sure that you operate in an area that we fund and that your organisation is eligible for a grant. Our Funding Guidelines document contains everything you need to know.
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On average we receive over 400 appeals each year.
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We will always carefully consider the needs of your proposal. However, we believe that being flexible in our approach is the best way to serve your interests. If we feel unable to fund your request in exactly the way that you have asked we may come back to you with a different offer of funding that we believe will serve your overall needs better. This might take the form of seed money to get a project started or funds to help you reach a point where you can apply for major grants.

Other

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A payment is only made after a report is submitted.
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We do not visit the project during the funding period as a matter of course but we make arrangements to do this if it is appropriate.
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We are committed to helping causes that find it difficult to raise funds from other sources. If your application is viable, falls within the funding areas that we have prioritised and your organisation is eligible for a grant, we will consider your proposal.
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No. The word Pilgrim was adopted only to reflect the British ancestors (the Pilgrim Fathers) of our original American patron, Edward Stephen Harkness.