General Application Guidelines
It is recommended that all
applicants take time to read these guidelines in order to avoid submitting
applications that are likely to be rejected and look at our Annual Reports for
previous years. This will give more of an idea of both the type of organisation
supported and the amounts awarded. Only if you think your project falls within
our criteria should potential applicants telephone the administrator, Karin
Hooper on 020 7410 0330, to seek advice. Before you call please have your
charity registration number to hand. Trustees are keen to spare charities
the wasted time and costs involved in applying when there is no prospect of
success. Please note that only about 15% of applicants are successful and the
majority of grants are for less than £5,000.
Applications will only be considered if they fall within the following
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or
involved in anti-social behaviour.
- Minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers. Projects
that promote integration and community cohesion will be favoured.
- Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and
resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported as well as
requests to help prisoners families.
Disability projects which can include rehabilitation
and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning
disabled, as well as help to improve employment prospects.
Homelessness, especially affecting young people and
women, and covering facilities such as women's refuges.
Arts outreach work by local groups for the benefit of
Environmental projects, especially with a strong
The amounts awarded in each category are available in
Trustees DO NOT fund unsolicited applications from charities whose annual
income exceeds £300,000 or for:
- Construction projects such as playgrounds, village halls, and disabled
- General school appeals including out of hours provision
- Medical research
- Parish facilities
- Playgroups and pre-school groups
- Requests for vehicles
- Individuals in any capacity
- Educational fees
Trustees review grant applications twice a year, usually in January and July.
Please consult the diary page for up-to-date deadlines
for receipt of applications.
Types of grants
- Small grants, £100-£5,000 (around 100 grants made per
year). Charities should note that only 19 grants for £3,000 or more were made
- Large grants, over £5,000 (around 6 grant are made per
year). Large grants are mainly give to charities already known to the Trustees.
Please note that applications for large grants will automatically be
rejected unless they are discussed with the administrator prior to
summer playscheme grants
£500-£1,000 (about 35 grants made per year). Applications for these are made separately and considered in
April each year.
The charities annual income should be under £100,000.
The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives. Funding is
primarily for one-off projects, but the Trustees are willing to consider funding
running costs (including core cost and salaries).
Trustees will only consider appeals made on their own
application form and every section must be completed including the Statement
of Financial Activities. The general grant application form and the
summer scheme grant application form
are both available in the application form section of this website. If you would like
an application form sent electronically please email Karin Hooper at
You are asked to keep the
grant application form to one page. It is not sufficient to answer "see
attached documents". If supplementary information is sent this should be in
addition to the information requested by the Trustees on their form. Please
ensure you complete the amount required section. All applications must include a
detailed project budget.
Please be clear when applying
who your target users are, what your projected outcomes are and how many people
will benefit from the grant. If this is a continuation of existing work what are
your outcomes to date? If your request is for a one-off project, what will be
its legacy? Trustees are interested in helping smaller organisations that offer
direct services and those that encourage cross community participation. Any
participation by past or current users of the service should be mentioned and is
encouraged. It should be noted that a lack of this information may prejudice
We also request that you tell us
in which you operate (i.e. Scotland, North East or West,
Northern Ireland, Wales, Yorkshire & the Humber, East or West Midlands, East
Anglia, London, South East or South West or the Channel Islands).
The amounts awarded in each
category are available in our
on the website.
Annual Report and Accounts
To reduce the carbon footprint
of our application process, please do not send us your Annual Report &
Accounts with your initial application unless they are unavailable on the
Charity Commission Website.
If your charity's income is
under £10,000 we will need to see evidence of your income and expenditure for
the past year.
If your application passes the
first round we may contact you for further information.
All applications must include a detailed project budget. If your application
is for a specific project, it would also be helpful to know where the balance of
funds will come from.
Please return completed applications to:
Mrs Karin Hooper
The Woodward Charitable Trust
5 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1AP
via email to:
If you are sending an application in the post please do not send duplicate
copies via email. We only want one copy, please. Any exception to this may
prejudice your application.