Our guidelines are broad so inevitably we receive many more applications than we can fund. In practice, around one in ten applicants receives a grant.

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Coronavirus information for applications

Are you still open for new applications?

We are still open for non-emergency applications from organisations we are not currently supporting. Our trustees want to provide support to voluntary and community groups to continue their core work in the medium and long term, and don't have funding allocated specifically for 'emergency' or 'recovery'.

What are the criteria for applications?

We will be assessing applications against our usual criteria – so prioritising smaller-scale organisations working with marginalised individuals and communities in a responsive and relationship-based way. You can find our funding guidelines here.

What should I include in my application? What we're doing now is so different to our normal way of working!

We understand that the way you work will almost certainly have changed in response to the Coronavirus crisis. It may make sense for you to share something of this with us, but we are also keen to understand what is at the heart of the work you do. What remains unchanged in terms of your values and approach? What will you be building on? But alongside this, how might things have changed for you and your community?

We can still look at making longer-term grants during this uncertain period (many of our grants are made over three years) and if we were able to fund your organisation with a longer-term grant we would fully expect that your use of our funding would change over time, in response to changing circumstances and priorities.

We will continue with our relational approach to grant making: making grants by building a relationship and developing a conversation with those applicants who progress to the second stage of our application process. Once a grant is agreed that conversation will continue, meaning that we can agree together how funds can best be used over the course of the grant.

How do I apply?

Please apply to us in the normal way, following the guidance given in this section of our website. However we do NOT require that the organisation details sheet is signed by your Chair, Vice Chair or Treasurer – we understand that it may be hard to get a trustee signature in current circumstances. Send your application to us by email: applications@tudortrust.org.uk We are not accepting applications by post at the moment.

When will I hear back from Tudor?

We aim to give you a decision on a first-stage proposal in around a month from receiving your application. Once an application has progressed to second stage it takes on average three months to receive a final decision. We try to be driven by your needs: in some circumstances we are able to provide a decision within two months.

It is important to understand that, as a national, open-access funder Tudor receives many more applications than it can take forward: in normal circumstances just around one in ten of the applications we receive go through to second stage. This is likely to continue to be the case as we make grants over the next few months.

Can I have a chat to someone before I apply?

Yes, please do! We encourage all those thinking of applying to give us a call on 020 7727 8522 and have a chat with our Information Team about their needs.

We are currently receiving a large number of calls, please bear with us if the line is busy. We cannot see your number on our phone system, so please leave a voicemail so we can call you back, clearly stating your name and phone number.

Keep an eye on our Coronavirus updates page for all the latest from Tudor, as well as information about specific coronavirus funding, advice and resources for third sector from other organisations.

How to apply

Please make sure that you’ve read What we do before making a start on your application so that you can find out more about what kind of grants we make and check your eligibility. Alternatively, you can download our funding guidelines for the full picture.

You can find full details of what you need to send us in your application in Making a first-stage proposal.

You can apply at any time – Tudor makes grants on a rolling programme and there are no deadlines.

How likely are you to receive a grant?

Tudor has broad and open guidelines so inevitably we receive many more applications than we can fund. Last year we received 2,931 applications. In practice, only around one in ten applications receives a grant.

This is why we have a two-stage application process. We realise that putting together a full funding application is demanding and time consuming so we ask all applicants to complete a brief first-stage proposal instead.

If you reach the second stage your chance of success will be much higher. But a grant isn’t guaranteed: a few applications drop out before they reach the final committee stage and not all applications discussed by committee members will get a grant.