FAQ

Applying to Us

A:
Please start by reading the relevant funding guidelines for further information. You can find these on our Apply for a Grant page. You will find details on the Preservation and Scholarship fund and the Young Women and Mental Health PLUS fund and the next steps to apply. Please note: there are different application processes for each fund.
A:
No, we will only consider one application at a time.
A:
No we don’t, we only accept applications that have been submitted online.
A:
Our staff regularly visit projects. However, because of the number of applications we receive, we are unable to visit every one.
A:
We will always give you feedback if your application is unsuccessful.

Eligibilty

A:
You can re-apply to the Trust for a further grant for the same project. Generally due to the competitive nature of the funds, we tend not to award more than one grant to the same project. Please talk to us in advance. 
A:
No, not if the project is exactly the same. However, if you have revised your proposal we may consider it.

Funding

A:
Demand for grants is high and we often cannot award the amount that you request.  If we can only award a smaller amount, we will consider whether the grant can still make a useful contribution to your project.    

Other

A:
A payment is only made after a report is submitted.
A:
We do not visit the project during the assessment period as a matter of course, but we may make arrangements to do this if it is appropriate.
A:
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.
A:
No. The word Pilgrim was adopted only to reflect the British ancestors (the Pilgrim Fathers) of our original American patron, Edward Stephen Harkness.

Preservation and Scholarship

A:
Yes, you can. Please contact our office and we will be more than happy to talk to you. Before you call, please read the Preservation and Scholarship Funding Guidelines to check you are eligible to apply.
A:

Our Small Grants scheme is for grants of £5,000 or less, while our Main Grants scheme is for over £5,000.  Our 'average' grant in 2020 was c £25,000 however you can get a clearer idea of the size of grants we give by looking at our Annual Reports or Past Grants page.

A:
Yes, generally grants are not given for more than three years.
A:
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. 
A:
We hold grant application meetings every quarter. 
A:
We operate a rolling application process. Our Trustees meet quarterly normally in March, June, September and November. When we have assessed your application, we will let you know the date of the meeting at which it will be considered.
A:
We will assess your Stage 1 application and let you know within 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.   Once you have submitted your Stage 2 application, we aim take it to the next quarterly meeting of our Trustees, and we will confirm the timetable with you. If we feel that the application is not ready for that meeting and that its chances are better served waiting for a subsequent meeting, we will discuss this with you.   

Young Women and Mental Health PLUS

A:
We anticipate supporting between 10-12 charities.
A:
Charities are invited to apply for grants between £60,000 to £90,000 spread over three years.
A:
No, only three-year grants are available. We want to make three-year grants to allow grantees to be part of a community and to embed meaningful change in grantees organisations and communities.
A:
We will consider funding projects where at least 80% of the participants of the work fall within the 16-25 age band.
A:
No, we do not provide unrestricted funding. However, funding can be tailored to meet the needs of your project. You can apply for project delivery costs as well as core costs, such as salaries or general running costs.
A:
We will review the roll out of the programme to the rest of the UK after the first year.
A:
Yes, we will accept proposals that show you delivering work together in partnership. However, you must identify which organisation will be the lead partner and contact throughout. The lead partner will be responsible for administering and reporting on the grant awarded. Please contact our Grants Manager to book a conversation to discuss your partnership and project proposal.