We give grants to projects and groups that help to improve quality of life for the people who live in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Each year we have around £2 million to distribute in discretionary grants. We consider applications from charities – local and national, constituted voluntary community groups and organisation, Community Interest Companies (CIC) limited by guarantee and statutory organisations for certain projects.

Only one full application per organisation will be considered in 2022 irrespective of grant type.

You don’t have to live in the town to apply for a grant, but your project/activities must be charitable and benefit people who live in the town. Please check if the beneficiaries of your project are eligible by using our postcode checker:

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What can I apply for?

Fast Track Grants

Fast Track grants are up to £1,000 and usually receive a decision within 10 working days, providing all supporting information has been supplied. Fast Track awards are intended for local community groups or small local charities. If you have any questions, please contact James or Catherine at applications@stratfordtowntrust.co.uk


Grants for Individuals

In addition to the funding distributed through our main grants rounds, the Trust works with several local organisations to support Stratford town residents who are suffering hardship. Through the Citizens Advice South Warwickshire the Trust provides small, one-off grants for such things as bedding, furniture, clothing, heating appliances and white goods such as microwaves and fridges. Please call 0300 330 1183 to discuss your eligibility under this scheme.

Main Grant Funding for Groups and Organisations

Key information:

  • Our  main grant round is now open for funding for applications over £1,000 until 30th September 2022.
  • Organisations can apply at any time within this window.
  • We have three key themes that we are particularly interested in supporting: Greener Stratford; Mental health: Men or Boys; Stronger organisations. Please read our blog to find out more.
  • Our grant round is a two stage process. The first stage is a simple Expression of Interest form but we encourage you to chat to us first before submitting.
  • You can apply for a maximum of £20,000.
  • I have an idea – what do I do next?

If you have an idea for a project, or you are already delivering work that you feel fits within our themes but would like to find out more before considering an application, we’re happy to chat with you – on the phone, via email or in person.

We look forward to hearing from all our local charities and groups but are particularly interested to hear from those with innovative ideas based around our themes as detailed above.

We are especially keen to invite applications from groups and charities that haven’t connected with us before and would like support for initiatives that promote and champion partnership working, bring like-minded groups together to strengthen ambition and, by working together, reach wider and more diverse sections of our community.

If you would like to discuss a project or idea you would like funding for, please contact James or Catherine at applications@stratfordtowntrust.co.uk or call 01789 207108 / 207114

  • How long will it take for you to make a decision on my application? 

We will look to make decisions on Stage 1 applications within a couple of weeks of submission. You will either be invited to Stage 2 or advised why your idea hasn’t progressed. For some ideas, we may well invite you to resubmit a Stage 1 application based on feedback and potential updates to your idea.

For Stage 2 applications, we will look to make decisions within 6-8 weeks from submission.

For those organisations invited to Stage 2, in some instances, we will ask you to submit your application within a specific timeframe, no sooner than 4 weeks from initial invite.

If you have any questions, please email our Grant Manager, James McHugh: applications@stratfordtowntrust.co.uk

How we decide to award grants

We assess all applications to make sure that the applicant is suitable to deliver the intended project or activity. We will make appropriate checks regarding an organisation’s governance, finances, sustainability and key operating policies and procedures.

If you have any questions regarding these checks please chat to us:  01789 207114 or contact James or Catherine at applications@stratfordtowntrust.co.uk

All applications are subject to appraisal under the following key points: –

  • Your application must evidence the need for the project within Stratford upon Avon.
  •  Your application is able to evidence genuine user involvement in its planning and ongoing delivery.
  • Your proposal clearly articulates how it will lead to a demonstrable positive impact on the quality of life in Stratford upon Avon.
  • Your application demonstrates a commitment to collaborative and partnership working.
  • You are able to demonstrate a robust financial position (viability and sustainability), where applicable.

Also in order to be considered we require voluntary community groups and charitable organisations to have:

  • A constitution or agreed set of rules
  • A bank account with at least two, unrelated, signatories.

If you are a Community Interest Company  (CIC) we can only consider your application if you are  limited by guarantee.

Please note: We do not fund retrospectively, so it isn’t possible to apply for any items or services already ordered or commissioned.

When considering your funding needs please note we will only consider one application per organisation each year, irrespective of grant type. Also you should continue to seek funding from other sources for your project as your grant application may not be successful, even if we have funded your organisation previously. Please see below for funding and development support. 

If you don’t meet these requirements but have an idea which would benefit the local community, we would love to hear from you. We are happy to provide support and advice about the best way to achieve your idea. Please call the grants team on 01789 207114.

Please ensure that you provide all the required information which will be detailed at the end of the application form. This will  include a copy of your most recent accounts, and relevant policies. If this is not supplied it may result in your application being deferred. 

Funding and Development Support

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) is able to provide information, advice and support with your application to us and other funders. They can also support other aspects of your organisation or community group. You can contact them using the details below:

Chris Freeman, Funding and Group Development Officer
T: 01789 333768
M: 07850 515185
E: chrisfreeman@wcava.org.uk

Non-Discretionary Grants

As well as our discretionary grant-giving, under the terms of the original Royal Charter that created what is now the Stratford Town Trust, we’re also required to make regular grants to each of the following organisations:

  • King Edward VI School
  • The Vicar of Holy Trinity Church
  • The Almshouses in Church Street
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