Small grants

We recognise that a small, one-off grant is sometimes as appropriate and beneficial as a multi-year revenue grant. For example for smaller capital items, piloting a new initiative or project or for newly established organisations. We therefore have a slightly different process for the consideration of small grants which is designed to give applicants a quicker decision – usually within 3-4 weeks of applying.

The criteria for small grants (see ‘What we fund’) is exactly the same as for larger grants and the staff and Trustees go through the same process of due diligence in assessing the merits of each application. Projects requiring either capital funding (e.g. equipment) or revenue funding (e.g. running costs) are welcome to apply.

As with all applications to FCSCT it is worth phoning the team for advice and guidance before filling in the application form. Once you have sent in your FCSCT APPLICATION FORM and accounts, the Grants Officer will be in touch often with a few questions to better understand your project and/or to arrange a visit.

Following the meeting of the Small Grants Committee, we will be in touch by email, letter or phone to let you know the outcome of your application. If successful, a cheque will usually be sent out within a week. All we ask after this is that you fill in our two-page Evaluation Form after a suitable time has passed and that you keep us informed of your progress.

Some recent examples of small grants that have been awarded are:

  • pilot youth work training programme across Cumbria
  • school based counselling in Morecambe
  • bereavement support for children in West Cumbria
  • nature based personal development programme for young people from Barrow