The Application Process

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The Process Explained

1

Who Can Apply?

Make sure you first meet our minimum eligibility requirements.

2

Look at our Open Grants

Visit our Open Grants page and find a grant for your project.

3

Application

Tell us more about your project and why it meets the grant criteria.

4

Review

Our Grants Team reviews all applications to carry out initial due diligence checks.

5

Decision

Our independent Grants Panels decide which projects are awarded grants.

6

Notification

We aim to notify you about the outcome of your application within 8 weeks of the submission deadline.

7

Grants Awarded

Once we have received your Funding Agreement and bank statement, payment can be made.

8

Your Project

Start your project!

9

Reporting, Evaluation and Learning

You will be required to complete a monitoring form and an end of project report for your grant.

Step 1 - Who Can Apply

Your size, organisational structure and governance will determine which grants you can apply for from Shropshire Community Foundation (see FAQs for more details)


Step 2 - Look at our Open Grants

If you meet our basic eligibility requirements, check out our Open Grants to see what we’re currently accepting applications for, eligibility criteria for each grant programme and deadlines.


Step 3 - Application

This is your chance to tell us more about your project and why it meets the criteria for the grant programme.

  • Each of our grant programmes have different criteria and an online application form you will need to complete, these can be found on the individual grant pages.
  • You will also need to provide supporting documents alongside your application, as stated (e.g., your governing document, latest published accounts or income/expenditure information for smaller organisations, and names and addresses of your directors, trustees or management committee, copies of your child protection, vulnerable adults and equal opportunities policies etc)
  • If you require a different application method, please get in touch at [email protected]

Step 4 - Review

Our Grants Team will review applications and carry out the following due diligence checks:

  • Are the finance and governance documents in good order?
  • Does your organisation and project meet the priorities of the grant programme?
  • Does your group have the capacity to deliver the project?
  • What is your track record in delivering similar projects?
  • Does the project make sense in terms of what you want to do and when?
  • Does the budget look reasonable?

We may contact you if more information is needed to support your application.


Step 5 - Decision

Our Grants Panels (which are made up of independent experts, and members of our Trustee Board) decide whether to give the project a grant or not, based on their proposal and our initial review.


Step 6 - Notification

If the proposal is approved by the panel, the grant is awarded. The outcome of your application will usually be emailed to you within 8 weeks from the application deadline.

Applicants who are unsuccessful will be notified of this decision along with any available feedback that has been provided by the panel members.


Step 7 - Grants Awarded

If you are successful in your application and meet any conditions we have made, we will require the following before payment can be made:

  • A signed, hard copy of the Funding Agreement. Please note we cannot accept photocopied, scanned or electronic signatures.
  • A hard copy of a recent bank statement.

Payment will usually be made within 3 weeks of these documents being returned correctly.


Step 8 - Your Project

You can now get going with your project.

We always welcome any photos, quotes or updates along the way and can help spread any stories across our social media channels.

If you do encounter any problems delivering your project, please do tell us immediately they occur.


Step 9 - Reporting, Evalution & Learning

Throughout the duration of the grant, we work with the organisations we fund to monitor and evaluate their work. This helps to ensure you achieve what you set out to do and helps us to provide evidence of impact when working to secure new funds.

Your will be required to complete and submit an End of Grant Report.  If this is not received by the deadline given, this may affect the outcome of any future applications.

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