Guidance for applying for a small grant


This is the guidance for small grants. If you wish to make a major grant application, please download the guidance and application form by visiting the major grant guidance page.

If you wish to apply for a grant, please first complete an Expression of Interest form, which can be submitted at any time and can be found here

Making an application

Small grant applications can be submitted at any time using our application form.

Applicants are also welcome to discuss their project idea with us in order to help shape it. Small projects should take no longer than two years to complete and in many cases forms that preparatory work for a subsequent major grant application.

Financial support

The maximum size of a small grant is £5,000.

The proposed project activities must be consistent with the amount requested. It is important to be realistic as to what can be achieved with the requested budget and within the timeframe of the project.

Project duration

The maximum length of a project should be 24 months beginning on the date the grant contract is signed.

Applicant eligibility

Grants are available to any civil society entity (for example, charity, Community Interest Company and other not-for-profit entities), local, national or international non-governmental organisation.

Governments and government-affiliated entities are not eligible to receive grants directly, but applicants are encouraged to work with such entities and secure their support.

An application can be submitted on behalf of several eligible project partners.

Partners participate in designing and implementing the project, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead partner. Partners must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead partner. If awarded the grant contract, the partner(s) (if any) will become co-beneficiary (ies) in the project (together with the lead partner as coordinator and recipient of grant funds).

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