We operate four grant schemes:
- Main Grants
- Multi-Year Funding Grants
- Fast-Track Grants
- Grants for Individuals
Main grant funding is available to applicants seeking over £2,000 for activities and projects which usually run for a period of less than 12months (although there is some flexibility). Our main grants round will run twice a year and applications will be invited during February and September 2018. There is no restriction on the amount which can be applied for (although applicants should note we typically allocate in total around £1million a year). Applications for more than £50k should be discussed with the Head of Community Engagement prior to submission.
Multi-Year Funding Grants
We are committed to supporting organisations with funding for up to three consecutive years for projects which impact on two or more of our funding priorities and seek to respond to the longer-term needs of communities. Applications which are collaborative in nature and work across organisational boundaries will be viewed favorably. Multi-year funding applicants will be required to complete and return an Expressions of Interest Form which must be returned by 15th February or 5th September to be considered in the corresponding grants round.
Fast Track grants are up to £2,000 and applicants can usually receive a decision within 10 working days to deliver projects and initiatives. Constituted groups can also apply for one-off equipment and capital costs through this process, although they may have to wait longer for a decision.
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.
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