Apply for a Grant

The Pilgrim Trust runs two grant streams that you can apply to: Preservation and Scholarship and Young Women and Mental Health PLUS.


Unlike previous years, the application process is now different for each grant stream. If you are interested in making an application, please read the relevant instructions below carefully.


Preservation and Scholarship

Before making an application, you can find our more about the Preservation and Scholarship programme here. Please also read our Funding Guidelines and FAQs carefully.

If your project does not fall within the funding areas outlined in our guidelines, we will not be able to consider it. We can only accept applications from UK registered charities where the work or project is UK based, organisations that are exempt from registration, recognised public bodies and registered friendly societies.

If you conclude that your project does fit, then please submit a Stage One application form using our online applications system, Flexigrant. We will assess your application and let you know within four weeks via email whether your Stage One application has or has not been successful. Please use a unique email address specific to you when applying – using a colleague’s or generic email addresses makes it difficult to track your application(s).

If you have been successful, you will be invited to complete a Stage Two application. This is where you will set out your proposal in full. You will be sent an email with a link to the Stage Two online application form. The Stage Two application form will also be on Flexigrant and populated with the information you submitted at stage one, so you will not have to repeat it.

It is important that you keep your log in details for Flexigrant safe as you will need these as your application progresses. If you have any issues using Flexigrant, please contact for assistance.


Young Women and Mental Health PLUS

The 2021 round is now closed. Below is general information about the programme and the application process.

The application process for our new Social Change fund: Young Women and Mental Heath PLUS programme has changed from previous years. There will now be one funding round a year at which we will make circa 10-12 grants of between £60,000 to £90,000 spread over three years. Successful applicants will form a learning cohort which will provide peer support and share practice.

In this first, pilot year, we are only operating this programme in Greater Manchester and Northern Ireland, while we develop our knowledge and insight of the needs of the sector and begin to identify good and emerging practice. Charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £1 million are able to apply.

For further information please read our new Funding Guidelines and FAQs.

Potential applicants will be asked to book a telephone conversation with our Grants Manager to talk through your proposal and answer any questions you might have. If a project looks like a good fit, we will release an application form. You can view our application form here.

All applications are done online via our system, Flexigrant. This is where you set out your proposal in full. When using Flexigrant, is important that you use a unique email address specific to you and keep your log in details for safe. If you have any issues using Flexigrant, please contact for assistance.




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