Exclusions and Glossary
We do not consider applications:
- For work that has already taken place
- For repayment of debts
- For endowments
- For one-off events (including performances, festivals, conferences, holidays, respite breaks and trips)
- For feasibility studies or research
- For capital appeals
- For awareness raising campaigns and lobbying
- From organisations whose levels of free reserves are higher than 75% of annual expenditure
- From individuals
- From those who have been rejected in the last 12 months
- From organisations already in receipt of an active grant
- General appeals
We reserve the right to make exceptions to our published guidance from time to time.
Reserves are the unrestricted funds held as the general funds of the charity. To calculate free reserves:
- Take the total value of the charity’s assets
- minus Restricted funds
- minus Tangible fixed assets (property)
- minus any expendable endowment,
- calculated as a percentage of the total annual expenditure
Outputs are what you do and can include services offered, products sold or given away (for example, booklets), and facilities provided. People use outputs to achieve the changes they want.
Outcomes are the differences made by the work you do, the changes, benefits and learning or other effects that happen as a result of your outputs. They can be wanted or unwanted, expected or unexpected.
Impact is the broader or longer-term effects of a project or organisation’s outputs, outcomes and activities. Often, these are effects on people other than the direct service users of a project, or on a broader field such as government policy.