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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 areas:

  1. Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour.
  2. Minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers. Projects that promote integration and community cohesion will be favoured.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. Homelessness, especially affecting young people and women, and covering facilities such as women's refuges.

  6. Arts outreach work by local groups for the benefit of disadvantaged people.

  7. Environmental projects, especially with a strong educational element.

The amounts awarded in each category are available in our annual report.


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 accesses
  • General school appeals including out of hours provision
  • Hospices
  • Medical researchBoy enjoys woodland adventure playground
  • 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 in 2010/11).
  • 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 submission.
  • Children's 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).

Application forms

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 your application. 

We also request that you tell us the region 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 annual report 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.

Project budget

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
The Peak
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.