We have created the following checklist of information that you should have available before you start your application:

  • Your charity’s legal name, head office address and registered charity number
  • Summary of your charity’s purpose and activities
  • Details of the project or need for which you are applying
  • A summary of the number of beneficiaries you have supported in the last year
  • An electronic copy of your most recent published charity accounts. These must include a signed independent examiner’s or auditor’s report
  • Any supporting documentation you feel will contribute to our understanding as appropriate, e.g. case studies, evidence of a successful pilot, etc.

If you are applying as a branch using the head office’s registered charity number, please also ensure that you have to hand:

  • The latest published accounts together with the independent examiner’s/auditor’s report that were submitted to the Charity Commission under the registered charity number
  • Written permission from head office to use the main charity registration number to apply
  • If you have your own branch accounts, please submit these as supporting information to help us understand your particular branch

Please note that we are only able to accept one application per charity number and that reapplication rules will apply to that registered number, regardless of whether a different branch of the charity applies under the same registration number.

Application form example questions

Please note, these documents are for information only, and will not be accepted as valid application forms. To apply, please click on the apply button and follow the online process.

Stage 1 application form sample questions

Stage 2 application form sample questions

Application tips

Please bear in mind the following tips when preparing your application:

  • Tell us why you are unique and remember if the services are commonplace throughout the country you will need to show how what you do is distinctive.
  • Chose a title for the project that is accessible and self-explanatory.
  • Make sure the application is fact based – with figures and evidence which support your claims.
  • Ensure that your figures add up – check and triple check.
  • Don’t take up lots of space explaining the general issues that lie behind your work. Assume we have a basic understanding of the context in which you operate.
  • Ensure that you’ve clearly explained the organisation’s track record, impact and partnerships, as well as what the organisation is going to do and why it is qualified to do it.
  • Are you responding to a problem? If so, outline why it needs to be solved.
  • Make time for expansive research around your subject – collate statistics, facts and quotations that prove the need for your proposed activity.
  • Detail how you will go about achieving your ultimate aims; reference short, medium and long-term objectives.Please write in clear simple English – avoid jargon.
  • Ask someone who doesn’t know the project, or your organisation, to read the application before you submit it. If they can understand what you are proposing, it should be easy for the grant assessor to understand the proposal.

Further information

For further information about our Charity Grants programme or to discuss an application, please call 020 3146 3337 or email charitygrants@mcf.org.uk