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.

NB: We have updated our guidelines and our cover sheet. Please find the 2019 versions below.

Your application will consist of the following:

- Completed cover sheet  (word version can be requested if necessary).

- Two page application including information as detailed in the new 2019 guidelines

- Copy of your latest accounts.

- Business Plan if the organisation or project 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 on June 2019.  You will be advised if you are successful by mid July. 

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

If you are successful and are awarded a grant you will be expected to produce a report the following year to include at least:

  • What you asked for and what was delivered
  • Estimated project costs v actual project costs
  • Explanations of any difference
  • Impact including any unexpected benefits or dis-benefits

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.

Disclaimer

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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