Through our monthly grant blog posts, whatCharity aims to match grant makers with grant seekers. We strive to make it easier for charities to find grant programmes that are relevant for their organisations and activities, in order to help them grow and increase the impact they have in their communities.

Below we have compiled a list of 11 grants which are currently accepting applications. Only 2 grants are available to view for those who are not a whatCharity Matchmaking Member. In order to get full access to the 11 grants, upgrade here.

We have detailed the grant eligibility criteria, the deadline and some tips for the application process. Included is a range of charitable causes, including empowering young people, pet support, MRS and other general charitable purposes. We have included grants of varying size, which cover both project and internal costs, as well as those whose reach extends across UK and internationally; hopefully there is something for everyone!

1.CRASH – assisting with building projects for homelessness charities and hospices in the UK

CRASH was founded by Tony Denison, who was saddened by the homelessness he saw in London and convinced the construction industry could help. In 1991, he set up CRASH, to convince property owners to loan their properties to become temporary emergency shelters for the capital’s rough sleepers. He also hoped that the construction sector could contribute its skills and products to re-fit the properties as shelters which it did.

CRASH is a team of five full-time staff and has 29 Patron companies whose annual donations underpin the charity and every project it undertakes.  With approximately 20 “active” projects at any one time, CRASH continues to channel the expertise, products and generosity of the construction and property industry to create places that care for people. This collaborative way of working was recognised in 2014 by Downing Street with a Big Society Award. 

About the grant
CRASH offer support in three ways-one of which is a cash grant.

  • Professional expertise
    CRASH will try and find you free of charge (pro bono) consultancy services to help you develop your project. This may include architects, engineers, quantity surveyors or specialists who can advise on the replacement or repair of existing building components such as damp-proofing, roofs or heating systems.
    The earlier you involve us the more likely it is we are able to contribute. Please speak to our Senior Projects Coordinator before submitting an application to discuss what you are trying to achieve.
  • Building materials
    CRASH helps find free-of-charge or discounted building materials or components from one of our Patron companies or Supporters.
  • Cash grants
    CRASH awards grants although some applicants may only require free of charge professional expertise and/or materials. In 2017, grants totalled £311,500.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

 Crash supports homelessness and hospice charities with building projects. 

Homelessness charities: 

  •   CRASH can only accept applications that relate to your buildings.
  •  Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.
  • Your charity must have a legal interest in the building, unless your application relates to requesting professional advice regarding a building you wish to lease or buy.
  • Your charity needs to own the freehold for the building or hold the Lease. CRASH cannot consider applications for leases that have less than five years to run.
  • Your building is currently delivering, or will be used to deliver services to single homeless men and women over the age of 18.

Hospice charities:

  • CRASH can only accept applications that relate to the buildings from which you deliver your services.
  • Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.
  • Your charity must have a legal interest in the building, unless your application relates to requesting professional advice regarding a building you wish to lease or buy.
  • Your charity needs to own the freehold for the building or hold the Lease. CRASH cannot consider applications for leases that have ten years or less to run.
  • Your building will be used to deliver in-patient and or day services to people in need of end of life care (CRASH cannot consider applications for hospice charity shops).

Application tips

  • CRASH will give priority to applications that relate to delivering accommodation and day services. 
  • phone CRASH ( T: 020 8742 0717) in advance of making your application to discuss your project and the ways in which CRASH may be able to help.

Link to register/apply 

  • Download the application form online here.  
  • If your project is eligible for support, CRASH will arrange a visit to carry out a project assessment following receipt of your completed application form. This project visit is part of the application process.

2. Petplan charitable trust – for the welfare of dogs, cats, horses and rabbits including veterinary research and education in the UK

The trust was established in 1994 by pet insurance company Petplan Ltd which is a subsidiary company of Allianz Insurance plc. Policy holders have the option of making a charitable donation to their Trust which aims to promote the welfare of dogs, cats, horses and rabbits by funding clinical veterinary investigation, education and welfare projects. Since its creation, the trust has awarded almost £10m in grants. 

DEADLINES: Scientific Initial grants: 27th November; Welfare grants: 11th December ; Pump Primer Grants: 26th March

About the grant
There are three grants currently accepting applications: the Welfare Grant, Scientific Grants and Pump Primer Grants. Visit their website for full eligibility guideliens because the criteria is very specific and detailed. 

Petplan Charitable Trust has a strict non-invasive study policy. No experimental animals may be used, and the source of control animals MUST be specified. Reference should be made to the RCVS guidelines.

Grants are not made to individuals and will not cover overhead costs such as rent and general staff costs.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

  1. Welfare Grant

Applicants must have registered charity status. Grants will not be given to enable charities to attain registered status.

Grant applications must demonstrate a direct benefit to the species supported by Petplan Ltd (i.e. dogs, cats, horses and rabbits). Grants to human charities may be considered when it can be clearly demonstrated that the grant will enhance/give support to the animals’ best interest. Education is seen as an important role for the welfare arm of the Charitable Trust and requests for funding for education in animal welfare will be considered.

Whilst the UK will be seen as a priority area, the committee will from time to time consider applications from similar organisations working abroad.

Grants range in value from £5,000 to £20,000

There are many more details on eligibility criteria here. 

2. Scientific Grants

  • The method of study must follow closely that which is laid out in the application form and the recipient must work diligently to complete the study in good time.
  • Full grants are awarded for up to three years. Full grant projects are expected to start by or before 1st April of the year following the award. Any delay in commencement of the project must be agreed in advance by the Trust.
  • Grants range in value from £5,000 to £20,000
  • The total agreed amount will be paid at regular intervals, the first payment at the start of the project and then following receipt of satisfactory progress reports. The final 20% of the amount awarded will be withheld until a satisfactory final report has been received.
  • There are many more details on eligibility criteria here. 

    3. Pump Primer Grant
  • Pump primer grants should be for graduates embarking on a research career. If the appointment for the study is yet to be made, this must be made clear on the application form
  • Projects may stand alone or may lead to further work. N.B. Applicants forming part of a larger team must be responsible for 70%
    or more of the work
  • Petplan Charitable Trust will support research projects under the following terms and conditions:
  • Breed specific studies are unlikely to be funded unless it can be shown that there is a potential for the study to be beneficial to the majority of other breeds.
  • The application should be for a project costing no more than £10,000. Please note publication costs are not normally chargeable.
  • Pump priming projects are expected to start by or before 1st January of the year following the award and should not take more than 12 months. Any delay in commencement of the project must be agreed in advance by the Trust’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Failure to do this may result in cancellation of the grant.
  • There are many more details on eligibility criteria here.

Link to register/apply 
To apply, you must first fill out their ‘Charities Registration Form’ which you can find here. You will then be sent a link to the online application form. 

Only 2 grants are available to view for those who are not a whatCharity Matchmaking Member. The subscription process is quick and easy and prices start from just £9 per month. In order to get full access to the 11 grants available now, upgrade by clicking here

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