Small Grants Programme

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants (up to maximum of £3,000).

In the light of the high demand for funds, and our desire to avoid charities spending time on unsuccessful applications, our small grants programme will now only consider applications from UK registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) that are:

  • currently supporting vulnerable people;
  • working in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK); and
  • have an annual income under £200,000
Capped Applications

From September 2020 to June 2021 we will have 14 rounds, or opportunities for applications to be submitted. The number of applications is capped to ensure your time spent applying is proportionate to your chance of funding. Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (though you will be able to save a draft until next time). Please click the “Process” tab below to find out more.

If your organisation meets the criteria, please read the information in each of the tabs below (where you will also find a downloadable version of the form) and apply online via the application form here.

Apply for a small grant

To be eligible to apply for a small grant from the Leathersellers’ Fund in 2020-2021 you must

  • be applying for £3,000 or less
  • be a UK registered charity (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC))
  • be currently supporting vulnerable people in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK)
  • have an annual income under £200,000

We do not typically fund:

  • Medical research
  • Hospices
  • Capital restoration projects

Can I reapply? Yes, if you have received a small grant from the Leathersellers’ Charitable Fund previously (and meet all the criteria above) you are able to reapply.

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

We have reduced the information requested for our small grants considerably but are looking to get a clear overview of your work.

We want to hear about:

  • What you do to make a difference
  • Why this is needed
  • Who you are helping
  • How you know you are making a difference

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 will be meeting regularly to ensure charities receive a decision within a month of submitting their application. We will have 14 rounds for applications to be submitted. Applications will be capped to ensure your time spent applying is proportionate to your chance of funding. Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis e.g. the first 50 applications after each round opens will be able to be submitted (though if you have started an application that you cannot submit at that point, you will be able to save a draft until next time).

The timelines for the application rounds are:

table of dates for the small grants programme

Confirmation
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 a month (sometimes less) of receiving your application.

You must make your application via our online form (the link will be posted on the dates indicated in the process tab). You can download a sample of this in word here – but it can only be submitted via the online form.

• You don’t need to do it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in anytime until you submit BUT! please remember submissions are capped, so you may need to wait until the following application date to access your form and submit.
• We ask you to supply a budget and forecast income (uploaded as a separate document).
• You do not need to upload your audited accounts, we will access these from the Charity Commission. If the publicly available accounts are over a year old however, we ask that you upload a copy of your draft accounts so we have more relevant information.
• 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 within a month of their application.

When can I reapply for funding?
If you have received a small grant from the Leathersellers previously, you are able to reapply at this time.

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.