Small Grants Programme

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

UPDATE 17th April 2020: The application form for Stage 1 of our emergency small grants funding round is now CLOSED to new applicants.

In less than three weeks we have received over 300 applications requesting £851,000, with a further 300 saved in draft. We recognise the time and effort put into each of these and so have taken the difficult decision to close to new applications. We want to help as many organisations as possible, but we want to be fair and not waste people’s time applying to a fund that is already heavily oversubscribed.

Want to know more about our current Covid-19 response plans? See an update on our funding to end June 2020 here.

Already started an application?
Those with existing drafts will be able to submit these until close of play on Monday 27th April. Each application received will be carefully assessed. The existing timeline of a decision within 4 weeks still stands.

For ideas of where else to find funding for your charity, please see the links compiled here.

The information below remains for applicants who are in the process already to refer to. 

In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, our small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) which are currently supporting:
– the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
– provision of food and essential supplies
– victims of domestic violence
– nursing care to vulnerable patients

You can expect a decision in a maximum of 4 weeks of applying (we expect it to be less as we are holding 4 meetings in the space of 8 weeks). In order to distribute maximum funding to organisations urgently, final allocations will be made by 19th May 2020. Applications will then reopen in early August 2020 (we expect with new priorities).

For those based in London and requesting funds for food and essentials we suggest applying via the London Funders portal where we and other funders will have access to your application, so reducing your workload. For those based outside London or with other needs, please complete our application form.

 

In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, our small grants programme will prioritise applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • provision of food and essential supplies
  • victims of domestic violence
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients (in-person essential nursing that has to take place even in the midst of this crisis)

We do not typically fund:

  • Medical research
  • Hospices
  • Capital restoration projects

Can I reapply?

Due to the exceptional nature of the emergency small grant programme (running 30 March – 11th May 2020) we have altered our usual time frames in certain cases:

  • If you were awarded a small grant or main grant in the last twelve months, you cannot apply for an emergency small grant (our support in this area is being channelled in a more proactive manner).
  • If you were unsuccessful following a small or main grant application in the last twelve months, you can apply for an emergency small grant.
  • For those organisations who receive an emergency small grant in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).
  • For those organisations who were unsuccessful following an emergency small grant application in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).

We want to fund excellent organisations and people, where activities improve the lives of others.

We want to hear about:

  • What you do to make a difference
  • Why this is needed
  • How you measure your outcomes and what were your results in the last year
  • What you are requesting funding for (including budgets)
  • What impact will that have and on how many people
  • Whether our grant would help you secure funding from elsewhere

We are looking for organisations to:

  • be open and transparent about their work and finances
  • provide good value for money
  • be working in partnership with others

The Small Grants Committee normally meets every six weeks and will make a decision on your application at the next available meeting following your application. In the emergency small grants period the committee will be meeting every two weeks between 6th April – 18th May to expediate decisions and distribute funds urgently.

You will receive immediate confirmation of receipt of your application via email (please check your junk/spam folders as this is an automated system and so may get caught). We would expect to then be in touch with you with a final decision via email within 6 weeks of receiving your application.

You must make your application via our on-line form .

  • You don’t need to do it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime (until you submit).
  • You will be able to upload three additional documents as well as completing the application form. We ask for a budget and forecast income, and you can use the other two to add colour to your request with case studies or a newsletter, photos etc.
  • You do not need to upload your audited accounts, we will access these from the Charity Commission.
  • Once you have submitted the form you will receive an immediate email acknowledgement letting you know it has been received safely (please check your junk/spam folder as this is an automated email and so may get caught).
  • We notify all applicants via email on the outcome of their application.
  • When can I reapply for funding?

Under the normal small grant programme (prior to 30 March 2020)
If you were awarded a small grant previously, you can reapply one year after the date of payment of that grant.
If you were previously unsuccessful, you can reapply one year from the date of the email by which you were informed of the decision.

Due to the exceptional nature of the emergency small grant programme (running 30 March – 11th May 2020) we have altered these timeframes in certain cases:
If you were awarded a small grant or main grant in the last twelve months, you cannot apply for an emergency small grant (our support in this area is being channelled in a more proactive manner).
If you were unsuccessful following a small or main grant application in the last twelve months, you can apply for an emergency small grant.
For those organisations who receive an emergency small grant in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).
For those organisations who were unsuccessful following an emergency small grant application in April – May 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a grant from the usual Leathersellers’ small or main grant programmes again in October 2020 (6 months later).

  • Do Leathersellers’ Charitable Fund only fund organisations in London?

No, we support registered charities working within and for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK.

  • Can I request feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, as we only have a small Grants team at the Leathersellers it is not possible currently for us to provide feedback to all applicants.

  • If we are successful, when will our grant start?

If you are awarded a grant, we will send you a grant offer email detailing the terms and conditions of the grant and asking you to complete an acceptance form. Once you have completed the form, we will process the payment. The date the payment is sent signals the start of your grant.

  • What reporting is expected?

We do not expect any reports from recipients of small grants.