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Applications - Frequently Asked Questions



Who Can Apply FOR FUNDING?

We welcome applications from organisations with projects that have a recognisable charitable purpose.  Your project has to be allowed within the terms of your constitution or rules and, if you are not a registered charity, you will need to send us a copy of your constitution, to ensure that there is sufficient public benefit.

As a general rule you can apply to us if you are one of the following:

  • A charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales; the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR); or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
  • A charity with a formal constitution and an income of less that £5,000
  • A social enterprise or not-for-profit organisation
  • A Community Interest Company
  • A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • An NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) based outside of the UK
  • A University / Academic Institution

Before applying for funding you should check our individual programme application guideline pages for any exceptions.  If you are a charitable organisation based outside the UK, please ensure that you have followed the correct registration procedure for the country you are operating in and that you are eligible to receive funding from a UK organisation.  You should also follow our specific guidelines if you are based outside the UK and are applying under our World Development or Environment programmes.


Do you fund individuals?

The Foundation is unlikely to fund applications from individuals or for the benefit of an individual.


How much can we apply for?

The level of grant available will depend on the Grant Programme you are applying under - please consult the Grant Programme pages for more information.


Do you have an application form?

No. All applications should be submitted in the form of an email and sent to

Please read the guidelines on the following pages before submitting a funding application:

Are there specific deadlines for funding applications?

For details of specific deadlines for funding applications, please see the guidance on the individual grant programme pages:


What is the application process?

All funding applications we receive are reviewed at a first assessment stage.  Applications which are deemed to be ineligible or do not clearly meet our main priorities are rejected at this assessment stage.  We aim to contact all organisations after this first assessment to let them know if they have been unsuccessful. 

The applications which are deemed to have best met our criteria are then taken forward to our second assessment stage.  These are researched by the relevant Fund Manager, who will contact grant applicants to ask for further details about the funding proposal.  The strongest applications are then taken forward for discussion with our Trustees who will make a final decision whether a grant can be awarded.


Will I receive feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to offer tailored feedback to applications that are unsuccessful at the first stage of assessment.
Feedback is available for those applications that are unsuccessful at the second stage of assessment, directly from the Fund Manager reviewing the application.


Thinking of reapplying?

If you have already been funded by TWF, please contact the Fund Manager who dealt with your application to discuss further funding.

If your application has not been successful, you can apply again but please note that submitting an application for the same project or request is not going to be successful.


Where else can we get funding?

If your project does not meet the criteria for our programmes, you may find the following list of organisations can offer you advice and/or assistance.  This is not a complete directory and is in no way a recommendation from the Foundation:


National Organisations

  • Association of Charitable Foundations
    This website gives information about charitable trust funding in the UK and abroad.  It has links to mainly charitable trusts and foundations.
  • BBC Children in Need
    Grants are open to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under based in the UK.
  • Big Lottery Fund
    Provides funds for community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.
  • Comic Relief
    This charity funds charitable projects in the UK and developing countries.
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
    An independent foundation which aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK.
  • Government Funding
    This is a website detailing grant funds available for the UK voluntary and community sector available through local, regional, national and European sources.
    Is a free-to-use service provided by GRANTfinder that helps charities and community groups in the UK to find suitable funding sources.
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
    Heritage Lottery Funding for heritage projects in the UK.
  • Lloyds TSB Foundation
    The Foundation funds local, regional and national charities working to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales.
  • The Prince’s Trust
    The trust gives practical and financial support to young people aged between 18 and 30.
  • UNLTD Millennium Awards
    The charity supports social entrepreneurs in the UK who want to change the world for the better.
  • The Wolfson Foundation
    The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts & humanities.


Organisations in Wales

  • Awards for All Wales
    Part of the Big Lottery Fund, this is a small grants scheme making awards between £500 and £5,000 supporting voluntary or community organisations, schools and communities.
  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust
    The Trust supports community regeneration and organisations to deliver grass roots solutions to coalfield communities in Wales.
  • Community Foundation in Wales
    The foundation promotes philanthropy in Wales by creating and managing relationships between donors and those who are running life-enhancing initiatives.
  • Environment Wales
    Operates five grant streams to support voluntary organisations and community groups undertaking practical projects to contribute to sustainable development.
  • Interlink Small Grants Scheme
    Funding advice for organisations in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
  • Sport Wales
    Sport Wales supports a number of funding schemes that aim to increase levels of physical activity and sport in Wales.
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action
    WCVA manages a range of grant schemes that support local voluntary organisations, communities, groups and volunteers throughout Wales.
  • Welsh Government
    Grants to fund schemes and initiatives that are in line with the Welsh Government’s priorities.
  • The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust
    The Trust provides funds in support of four main areas – sport, the arts, the environment and community.


Organisations supporting Child Development/Medical

  • Action Medical Research
    Action Medical Research is dedicated to funding research to help reduce the high rate of premature birth and improve treatment for sick babies. 
  • Autistica
    Provides support for Autism Spectrum Conditions only.
  • Baily Thomas
    Learning disability particularly severe learning disabilities and ASCs, not Dyslexia.
  • Epilepsy Research UK
    The only national charity solely dedicated to epilepsy research (Epilepsy only).
  • Henry Smith Foundation
    The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity which makes grants totalling approximately £25 million each year.  These go to 1,000 organisations and charities throughout the UK for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.
  • Sir Halley Stewart Trust
    Provides funds in areas including religious, social and educational, and medical.
  • Sparks
    Funds life-saving research into conditions affecting babies, children and mums-to-be.
  • The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust
    Has a primary aim of supporting UK-registered charities involved in the fields of medicine, including medical research.
  • The Leverhulme Trust
    Makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas.
  • Wellcome Trust
    This international charity supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities, in the UK and internationally.