About our grants
Because we try to respond to the needs identified by organisations themselves, many of our grants take the form of core funding: funding which goes towards the core costs of running an organisation, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs. Sometimes we may decide to offer unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives.
We can also provide project grants, capital grants for buildings or equipment and grants to help strengthen your organisation. In some situations we may look at making a short-term loan if this is the most helpful solution and you can demonstrate how you can pay it back: if you are interested in loan funding please ring the Information Team on 020 7727 8522 for advice before making an application.
How much can you apply for?
There is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for us to make a grant of less than £10,000. At the first stage of the application process we don’t ask you to specify exactly how much you are looking for, though it is fine to do so if you wish: if your application progresses to the second stage we will discuss your funding requirements in more detail then.
How long can we fund you for?
Usually grants are made over one, two or three years. We understand that tackling deep-rooted problems takes time so we sometimes fund over a longer period, usually by making a further grant following on from the original one. However, our interest in supporting work in the longer term has to be balanced against our need to encourage new groups and new thinking. This means that our funding can’t continue indefinitely.
Tudor aims to be a helpful and flexible funder and we want to respond imaginatively to your organisation’s specific concerns and priorities. Although our primary focus is grant making we also engage with the groups we support in other ways, offering advice and development support where this is needed. We're particularly keen to work with organisations where this kind of enhanced engagement will be of real benefit and make a significant contribution to what you want to acheive.
Who can we fund?
We can only fund work which is charitable but you don’t have to be a registered charity to apply to us. We can consider your application if:
- you are seeking support for work that has a charitable purpose
- the application comes from an organisation that has both a constitution and a bank account. We can make grants to groups operating under a range of legal structures including registered charities, unincorporated associations, community interest companies and industrial and provident societies. We don't make grants to individuals.
When we assess appplications we are looking for a mix of key characteristics and qualities in your organisation, your work and what you aim to deliver.
Tudor has no deadlines - we make grants on a rolling basis and so you can apply at any time.
How long will it take?
When we receive your application we will send you an email to confirm that it has arrived safely. We then aim to let you know within a month whether your application has progressed to the second stage. Once an application gets to the second stage it usually takes around three months for you to receive a final decision.
So on average it takes around four months for a grant to be approved: please bear this in mind when you are thinking about the best time to apply.