Every first-stage application we receive is assessed by two members of staff and a trustee. Tudor’s resources are limited and the trustees have to make hard choices: this means that the vast majority of the many excellent applications we receive cannot be taken beyond the first stage.

We don’t provide individual feedback on why we are not taking a proposal through to the second stage, but in most cases there is nothing ‘wrong’ with an application we turn down. Sometimes we don’t take an application forward because other applications seem stronger in particular areas, such as their focus on marginalisation or the wider impact of the work being undertaken.

Sometimes we have more ‘internal’ reasons for saying no, to do with maintaining a degree of balance in our grant making. For example we may feel that we are potentially funding too much of a certain type of work or that a disproportionate amount of funding is going to a particular part of the country.

In other situations the decision on whether to take an application forward may be based on the level of benefit we think an organisation may derive from the additional engagement, beyond a grant, which Tudor can offer.

We will give individual feedback if you don’t receive a grant following engagement at the second stage.