GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS
The Trustees have, for some years, grouped appeals and grants for statistical purposes in 22 categories. These are set out below, with an indication by each as to whether or not they are priority areas of interest at present.
If a field of activity is designated as non-priority, but grants have been made to charities in that field over a number of years (including the most recent year), this means simply that the Trustees do not expect to make any new or further grants in that field. It does not mean that recent recipients of grants are no longer eligible to re-apply.
Arts Not a priority
Blindness/visual impairment Research aspect a priority
Carers/the elderly Not a priority
Children/young people Not a priority
Christian or other faith No grants
Churches No grants, except in respect of built heritage aspect
Deafness/hearing impairment Research aspect a priority
Disabled Not a priority
Drugs/alcohol abuse/counselling Not a priority
Education/schools Not a priority
General community No grants
Hospices Not a priority
Housing/homelessness Not a priority
Individuals/year-out students No grants at all – not eligible
Medical conditions/research/ Research a priority, but no substitution Hospitals of NHS spending
Mental handicap Not a priority
Mental health Not a priority
Museums/galleries/heritage Priority, especially heritage buildings
Overseas aid/international Unlikely to extend
Sports Not a priority
Village Halls Not a priority
Sadly, it is a fact that many charities do not carry out up to date research as to the activities and current status of this trust and, no doubt, many others. The correspondent is aware, for example, that appeals are still being sent to him at an address that he left fourteen years ago. Moreover, many charities repeatedly submit applications without ever making any enquiry either by telephone or e-mail as to the likelihood of success.
It is hoped that, if in doubt, charities will make such a preliminary enquiry rather than spending scarce and precious resources on paper and postage on an appeal that is unlikely to succeed. This should not be construed as an encouragement or a requirement to make a preliminary enquiry. Such enquiries should be made only if the foregoing statement of priorities leaves applicants in any doubt as to their eligibility or the likelihood of a worthwhile application.