The Foundation can no longer accept applications via IGAM. Applicants are asked to either post or e-mail applications.
The Foundation will only consider applications from schools and organisations that benefit:
London boroughs are Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and the City of London.
The Foundation has four areas of focus for grant giving, which are as follows:
There are one or more priorities for each area of focus. Details of the priorities and our aims and objectives for each area of focus are set out in our document ‘Organisation Grants: Priorities for Grant Making’.
Many of our grants are for one year, but grants can also cover activities lasting two or three years. In such cases, we may taper the grant in the second and third years.
Our budget for grants to schools and organisations in 2011/12 is £800,000. Most grants we make are for sums between £10,000 and £30,000. There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The amount you request should be the amount you need for your project.
The Foundation operates a two stage application process – an initial enquiry and a full application stage.
Complete and submit our Initial Enquiry Form. The form is available on our website and on request from the grants team at our office (Sir John Cass’s Foundation, 31 Jewry Street, London EC3N 2EY. Tel 020 7480 5884). You can submit your enquiry online, or send it to us by post.
The form asks for:
Invitation to respond to Stage 2
We will consider your enquiry and inform you, within three weeks, whether or not you may proceed to Stage 2. If we have any queries we may contact you during this time to discuss details of your project submitted in the Initial Enquiry Form. We receive a large number of applications. Unfortunately, this means that good projects sometimes have to be refused even if they meet a priority.
If we invite you to proceed to Stage 2 and submit a full application, we will send you a copy of our Stage 2 Application Guidelines for Schools and Organisations.
Complete your detailed application and send it to us with copies of your Memorandum and Articles of Association (or Constitution), and your organisation’s latest annual report and accounts.
On receipt of your application our staff may meet with you as part of our assessment process. After we have received responses to any queries and any further information requested, a report on your application will be considered by the Foundation’s Grants Committee, whose decision is final. The Grants Committee meets in March, June and November each year. It normally takes between two and four months from receipt of a full application until a decision is made.
All applicants will be sent formal notification of the outcome of their applications within two weeks of the Committee decision.
Those who are offered a grant will be sent a formal offer letter and copies of our standard terms and conditions of grant. Copies of our standard terms and conditions of grant are available on our website. Additional conditions are sometimes included depending on the nature of the grant.
Staff will contact you to clarify and agree how the outputs and outcomes for your project will be monitored and evaluated. Your project will be visited at least once during the lifetime of the grant. If your grant covers more than one year you will be asked to submit a progress report for each year. Continuation of multi-year grants is dependent upon satisfactory progress towards agreed outputs and outcomes. At the end of the grant you will be asked to provide a final report.
The Foundation provides guidance on the structure and content of these reports.
Applying for funding is a competitive process and the Foundation’s grants budget is limited. Because of the high volume of applications received, good projects sometimes have to be refused, even if they meet a priority. All applications are assessed on merit.
If your application is refused you can apply again twelve months after the date you submitted your last application.
There are many activities and costs that the Foundation will not fund. The following list gives you an idea of the type of activities and costs the Foundation cannot support.
If you are not sure whether or not your project will fit our criteria or priorities, have any queries about making your application or the application process, please contact us for advice.