The Margaret Dobson Further EducationTrust

How to apply for a grant

To reduce costs and the environment, we only accept applications electronically.  If this causes your organisation a problem please contact the Trust Secretary.

Your application will consist of the following:
Completed cover sheet that you can download template here.
Two page application including information as detailed in the guidelines.
Copy of your latest accounts.
Business Plan if the organisation is new.

These should be sent to the Secretary at this address.  

Annual timetable:

Deadline for applications:    31st March 

Deadline for reports on previous year's grant:   15th May 

Meeting: June 

Following receipt of your application, it will be reviewed and a decision will be made as to whether it meets the criteria.  A rejection letter will be sent if not. 

If your project goes forward to the meeting, one or more Trustees may arrange to visit, prior to the meeting.  This will happen at a time and date that is mutually agreed.

The next meeting will be held in June 2017.  You will be advised if you are successful by mid July. 

Where unsuccessful, you will be advised by the end of July.

Download the guidelines here

What we judge your application by  

  • Type of challenges being addressed by the project
  • Number of people with a learning disability supported       
  • Evidence that the project is required and fulfils the need identified
  • How you have consulted with people who could benefit from the project
  • What demonstrable difference will the project make to the lives of people aimed at 
  • Cost of project and amount of funding you have found from other sources  
  • Contributions from parent organisations 
  • Sustainability of the project after the Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust funding has finished
  • How you will evaluate the impact of the project.


The decision of the Trustees is final.  Feedback will normally be given, but it must be remembered that this might be limited due to the fact that the Trustees all give their time for free.


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