There is normally a cap of £30,000 on most awards, so if you’d like more than this, please call the Grants Manager, Claire Bowry, on 01789 207108 before you apply.
If you are interested in making an application for a capital project (building or equipment) please read the Trust's guidelines Guidance on capital grants from STT and be aware that these types of applications can take longer than usual to process so allow for this when deciding which round to apply in. Please note that if you are awarded a grant for capital, be it for a piece of equipment or for building work, this is a restricted grant and you may not change the item or building project in any way without the written permission of the Town Trust.
If you want to apply for more than one year's funding, you must contact the Grants Manager to discuss your project at least three months before the closing date of the round in which you wish to apply.
We don’t normally consider more than one application from the same project or organisation per year; this means that if you apply in Round 1, you will not be able to apply again before Round 1 in the following year. Think strategically about your needs and co-ordinate your application with any other bodies that raise funds for you, such as 'Friends' or appeal committees. It is important that you apply in good time before your project starts, as we do not fund retrospectively, and also bear in mind that your application may be deferred until the following grants round if the Trustees require additional information to make their decision. Think about when you would like your project to start, your available funds (including your reserves and fundraising) and the timing of any applications you will be making to other funders.
The Trust operates a multi-year funding policy, which applies to organisations which have had a Programme grant over 3 years, or to organisations which have had grants, whenever awarded, for at least three successive years of their project. If an organisation has received grants for 3 years, their application will not be prioritised as highly as those organisations applying for the first time or which have not yet had 3 years’ funding. This policy does not mean that organisations which have had grants over 3 years will definitely not receive a grant in the 4th year, but that is a possibility, or the grant awarded might be considerably less than in previous years. The fact that you have received a grant from the Trust in the past does not necessarily mean that you will be successful in the future. The value of a grant awarded to an organisation in any given year depends on the size of the total discretionary grants budget; the quality of the project being applied for, and on the number, quality and monetary value of other applications submitted to the Trust.
If, following three years of grants, there is a break in an organisation's funding from the Trust , the organisation is then ‘reset’ at Year 1 in the following year. If, however, the organisation does receive a grant – even a reduced grant – this counts towards the number of successive years’ funding and means that the organisation will continue to remain a lower priority for funding.
The Grant Application Review Process
The Grants Manager reviews all the applications. We’ll often contact you to discuss your application or visit your project or group before making a decision. The review helps to:
After this, our Grants Manager will make a recommendation to the Grants Committee (made up of our Trustees), which will then usually make a decision on your application at their next meeting. Any exceptional or very large grants are decided by the full Board of Trustees, based on a recommendation from the Grants Committee. The decisions of the Trustees are final and the Trust does not hear appeals on grant decisions. All rejected applicants are given a reason for their rejection and the majority of applicants are welcome to reapply in a year's time.
WCAVA (Warwickshire Voluntary and Community Action) offers free help to people applying for a Stratford Town Trust Grant. This includes advice on finance, project planning, governance and where to look for funding. Please contact the Groups Funding & Development Office on 01926 413611. If you are seeking funding for a new project, or if you are looking for a grant of £10,000 or more, we suggest you contact WCAVA before filling out an application.
If you have a query regarding your application that WCAVA is unable to answer then please contact the Grants Manager, Claire Bowry email@example.com, or phone 01789 207108.
If your application isn’t successful we will explain why. Applications usually fail mainly because they: