Foyle Foundation’s Small Grant Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme has re-opened for new applications.  It will operate until further notice under the following revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19.

The Foundation understands that charities are now operating within very different circumstances since the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.  They are keen to be as flexible as can be in  support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application.

Who Can Apply: 

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme.

Please note that they expect competition for funding to be intense and that we will receive many more applications than we are able to fund.

Frequently Asked Questions | Online Applications

What the Foundation will Fund: 

The focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

There priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible. At present, it will not be a priority to consider building projects unless these are for essential repairs or re-equipping, in order for you to carry out your work more efficiently or cost effectively and where you can demonstrate why there is  an immediate need to carry out these works.

Until Spring 2021 Foyle Foundation are unlikely to consider activities which involve social gatherings. In certain circumstances where social distancing prevailing rules can be maintained we may consider this by exception. Please email the Foundation to discuss this further before making any application to us.  They will keep this issue under review and update our guidance to applicants periodically.

Applicants must show how any grant will make a significant difference to their current work.

How Much Can You Apply For:

Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

When Can You Apply?

There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees. 

When an application is declined, the charity is eligible to reapply 12 months after the previous request date. (If you have been declined within the last few months, prior to 1 June 2020, please email to discuss your specific situation).

If an application is approved, the charity is eligible to re-apply to the Foundation from 12 months after the approval date. Please note that once you have received a grant from The Foundation it is unlikely that you will be a priority for funding in the following year.

Frequently Asked Questions | Online Applications