Small Grants Programme

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

We are not currently accepting applications for Small Grants. These will reopen to applicants in August 2021. In the meantime, please see the information in the tabs below for further information on how the application process may work once it reopens in August 2021. Please note that our eligibility criteria and any other information currently held here is provisional, incomplete and subject to change. We would therefore recommend that you check back on a regular basis for possible updates.

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Eligibility Criteria
These are yet to be determined. However, it is likely that we will continue to fund:

  • UK registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC))
  • Charities supporting vulnerable people in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK)

Other eligibility criteria will be added before we reopen in August 2021.

It is likely that we will continue with our approach not to typically fund the following:

  • Medical research
  • Hospices
  • Capital restoration projects for the sole purpose of conservation/heritage

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 next application rounds will be shared once applications reopen in August 2021.

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. The online form will be posted when applications reopen in August 2021.

• 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 apply for a small grant??
Applications will reopen in August 2021.

When can I reapply for funding?
If you have received a small grant from the Leathersellers’ previously, you must wait 12 months from the offer date before you may reapply at this time. This also applies to rejection dates and any subsequent applications.

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.