The Foundation supports the arts, education and welfare charities in the UK with a particular focus on engagement and excellence in art, culture and heritage.
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
Below are the answers to questions we are frequently asked about applying for a grant. If your question is not answered, or you have read the information on our website and would like to discuss making an application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who and what do you fund?
The Foundation only funds charities registered in the UK. It does not fund individuals.
We do not accept unsolicited applications except within occasional grant programmes that may be announced from time to time. Outside of such opportunities, unsolicited approaches will not be considered.
For capital projects, please note that we do not fund feasibility studies and if RIBA stages apply, you should have reached at least RIBA Stage 3 before trustees will consider an application, although we are happy to have earlier conversations with potential applicants.
Can I submit more than one application? Or make another application whilst already in receipt of a grant?
No, we only consider one application at a time and would not normally consider a new application whilst an applicant is currently in receipt of a grant.
Do you accept applications in hard copy?
Please do not submit applications in hard copy. Applications must be submitted electronically.
What information will I need to provide in an application?
That will depend on the programme you are applying to. Standard information we require includes project details such as budget and funding, organisation details including staff, visitor and financial information, architectural plans and images for capital projects, plus a cover letter from the Chief Executive or Chair.
Although our review process is rigorous, we want our application process to be as ‘light touch’ as possible, so we only ask for relevant information that will help us assess your project.
Do you provide feedback on unsuccessful applications?
Since we are a small staff team, we can only commit to providing feedback on applications considered by the trustees.
Can I apply more than once to the Foundation?
Yes, you can apply more than once. But please contact us first on email@example.com to discuss whether making a new application is a good investment of your time. We would not normally consider a new application whilst an applicant is currently in receipt of a grant.
If my application is rejected, can I re-apply for the same project?
No, not unless the project has changed significantly. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org before applying again.
If I receive a grant, will I get the amount I asked for?
Demand for grants is high so we may offer you a smaller amount than you applied for if we consider the grant will make a useful contribution to your project.
How quickly will you consider grant applications?
In general, decisions are made at Trustee meetings which take place just twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter. Applications will be required around 6 weeks before the meeting.
Do you visit projects and organisations?
Yes, we regularly visit projects and organisations, either to inform decision making, to review progress on funded projects or for an opening event. Because of the number of applications we receive, we are not able to visit all applicants. A visit is not a formal part of the application process.
How do you assess what is a good learning space project?
If you are developing a learning space, we recommend you refer to the Learning Space Guidelines and Space for Learning: A Handbook for Education Spaces in Museums, Heritage sites and Discovery Centres. We will consider any applications for Clore Learning Spaces against this guidance.
Do you have a contract with grantees and are there reporting requirements?
All grantees will be expected to sign a letter of agreement covering what the grant may be spent on, when the grant might be received, expectations around naming, opening events and communications and reporting requirements. Live projects would normally report twice a year in advance of board meetings and on the conclusion of the project.
If my application is successful, how and when can I expect to receive my payment?
We make grant payments online quarterly. We will be in touch to confirm your banking details ahead of payment. A provisional payment schedule will be included in your Letter of Agreement. Major capital project grants will likely be paid over several years with final payment only released after project completion.
What will you do with my application and personal information?
All solicited and accepted applications will be saved in our database, whether or not they are successful.
We shall protect all personal information you provide to us. We will only use contact information you provide for administration, evaluation and research purposes to facilitate our grant making and to further our charitable activities. Personal contact information will not be made public.