Funder Tuesdays with The Tudor Trust
We were delighted to welcome The Tudor Trust to the final Funder Tuesday session of our Spring Training Programme on 18 May 2021. Funder Tuesdays are organised in partnership with Funding For All.
We were joined by The Tudor Trust’s Head of Research and Information Nicky Lappin and Grants Support Officer Ihsaan Budaly.
There is some very useful information here: Tudor handout 2021-2022
Here is the slide summary of today’s talk: Tudor basic slides 2021 (click the orange link to automatically download it).
The way forward:
The Tudor Trust advise you to read the Funding Guidelines on their website and if you are still unsure, please phone them and leave a message and they will get back to you. The phone number is 020 7727 8522. They prefer phone to email.
SKC notes from the session:
- The Tudor Trust are an independent, national grant-making body prioritising smaller, community-led and grassroots groups embedded in their community and supporting people who are marginalised in some way.
- There are no deadlines. Applications are looked at weekly.
- Core funding (i.e. salaries and running costs) rather than project work is prioritised. Find out more
- Longer-term, holistic work (i.e. grants of three years) is prioritised.
- There are no minimum or maximum grant amounts. The Tudor Trust rarely give out less than £10,000 nor very large amounts. Look at recent grants and grants review listed on The Tudor Trust website to get a feel for the amounts given. The average grant last year was £74,000 over 3 years. A grant might be £25,000 – £30,000 every year, for three years, for example.
- Each year on average 1/3 of grants are to new applicants, 1/3 are ‘continuation’ funding and 1/3 are to groups that have received funding at some point in the past.
- The grants are not themed. The Tudor Trust want to hear about your community and why it is marginalised. They don’t want organisations to try to fit into a particular box in their application.
- Marginalised could mean low income, mental health, refugees, domestic/sexual violence, young/older people. Every year The Tudor Trust hear from new communities of people, which is why there is no fixed definition of marginalised.
- A community does not need to be a geographical location, but can be a community of people united by a shared experiences, for example.
- The Tudor Trust want to hear about the strengths as well as the needs of a community.
- A group does not have to be a registered charity, but does need to have a constitution and a charitable purpose. It can be a constituted community group or a Community Interest Company (CIC), for example. Find out more
- Small charitable organisation means having a turnover of less than £1m. Last year, 41% of grants were to groups with less than £100,000 turnover and the rest was mainly to groups with less than £500,000. So smaller groups are the priority.
- The best applications are not packed full of official statistics, but “get straight to the point and come from the heart.” They explain a community’s experience directly though the work you are doing.
- It’s a two-stage application process. The first stage is an online application. There were 2,600 applications last year. 1/8 applications go through to the second stage. People hear back approximately within one month if they are through to the second stage. It then takes approximately three months to hear if you are successful. Unsuccessful applications at the second stage receive detailed feedback.
- Unsuccessful applications can reapply 12 months after their unsuccessful application.
This resource was added on 18 May 2021. Please visit The Tudor Trust website for accurate up-to-date information.