Charity Grants

Which charities can apply?

The grants listed below are only available to charities that are registered with the Charity Commission.

The charity and/or project must also be located in England and/or Wales.

Charities which deliver community support or research can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000).

For Large Grants (over £5,000) charities must first complete an Enquiry Form for review before a formal Large Grant Application Form is sent to selected applicants by email.

  • We encourage charities that have an annual income under £500,000 to apply for a Small Grant of £5,000 or less.  We will, however, consider requests for grants of over £5,000 if the charity can demonstrate it will be used for an innovative project or service.
  • Charities with an income of over £500,000 can apply for a Large Grant or Small Grant.

Please note that if you are a current grant holder, have received a grant from our organisation which ended less than two years ago or have been declined for a grant in the last twelve months, you are not able to apply at this time.

Further details about eligibility can be found in our Charity Grants Guidelines.

Large Grant

Over £5,000 can be awarded to charities for a specific purpose only. Reasons to apply for a Large Grant can include funding salary costs, specific project costs and refurbishment costs. New build or large scale capital development projects cannot be considered. Funding may be granted for up to three years, where there is evidence of an on-going need for funding.

To start an application for a Large Grant, an Enquiry Form must be submitted via our online Charity Grant Form. The team will then review your submission at a fortnightly Grants Panel Meeting and get back to you via email to confirm if you have been selected to make a formal application for a Large Grant.

Please note that only one enquiry form can be submitted by a charity, for a single project. If the enquiry application is unsuccessful, subsequent enquiry forms may then be completed.

Small Grant

Between £500 and £5,000 can be awarded to charities for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity.

You can apply for a Small Grant by completing our online Charity Grant Form.

 

Medical and Social Research grants

Our Medical and Social Research grants are currently closed due to an ongoing review of the programme. As such, applications will not be considered until the programme re-opens.

In recent years, over £10 million has been provided to fund research into treatments for conditions such as cancer, degenerative diseases and cardiovascular problems.

When the grants programme re-opens , information regarding eligibility and grant conditions will be provided in this section.

Hospice grants

Grants are made on an annual basis, and are given towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children. Hospice services in England and Wales that receive 60% or less of their funding from the NHS are eligible to apply.

Individual grants are calculated on the basis of the services provided and the number of beds operated by the hospice. Grants are not given towards building costs or to hospices that are not yet operational. Applications must be accompanied by a set of audited accounts, no more than 18 months old.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Grant payments will be paid to successful applicants by Bank Transfer during November/December 2016.

You can apply for a hospice grant by completing our Hospice Application Form

 

Grant Deadlines

It is beneficial for applications to be submitted as early as possible as the team begins assessing them as soon as they are received.

Small Grant Applications

The application deadlines for Small Grants are on a rolling programme and applications can be submitted on, or by, the third Friday of each month.  Applications are then considered at monthly meetings.

The upcoming deadlines for Small Grant Application and meetings are as follows:

 Application Form Consideration Meeting Final approval outcome
19 May 2017 July 2017 August 2017
16 June 2017 August 2017 September 2017
21 July 2017 September 2017 October 2017
18 August 2017 October 2017 November 2017

 

Large Grant Applications

Large Grant Application Forms are considered at meetings held in January, April, July and October.

A Large Grant Enquiry Form must be submitted prior to completing a formal application for a Large Grant.

All Large Grant Enquiry Forms are considered at fortnightly Grants Panel Meetings. Each applicant will be informed of the outcome by email. If successful you will be sent a Large Grant Application Form for completion and submission electronically.

The application deadlines for Large Grant Enquiry Forms and Large Grant Application Forms are:

Enquiry Form Application Form Consideration Meeting Final approval outcome
13 January 2017 27 January 2017 April 2017 May 2017
3 April 2017 28 April 2017 July 2017 August 2017
3 July 2017 28 July 2017 October 2017 November 2017
2 October 2017 27 October 2017 January 2018 February 2018
2 January 2018 26 January 2018 April 2018 May 2018

 

Research Grants

Research Grant applications have currently closed due to a review of the Medical and Social Research grants programme.

Hospice Grants

The next deadline for Hospice grants is 31 July 2017

 

Grant application form

To apply for a grant for your charity, please complete our online Charity Grant Form. Depending upon the size of grant requested, the form will direct you to questions for the Enquiry Form or Small Application Form.

Once you have completed the Charity Grant Form, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submission. You can save a part-completed Charity Grant Form and return to complete it within 30 days.

We aim to acknowledge all Enquiry Forms and Application Forms within seven working days (i.e. not including the weekend). Please note, around the deadline period, this time frame may be extended.

Due to high demand, we recommend that you submit your Charity Grant Form as soon as it is ready and not wait until the deadline date.

 

Grants to support other charities and causes

  • Hospices: Hospices throughout England and Wales cannot currently make an application for support.
  • Air Ambulances: Air ambulance and rescue services grants are awarded in partnership with the Provinces.
  • Disaster Relief: It is not possible to apply for Disaster Relief funding as grants are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s President.

 

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact us at charitygrants@mcf.org.uk or call 020 7395 9360.