The Funding Offer
How much and over what time period is funding available?
The Fore will make grants of up to £30,000 which may be spread over one to three years. We ask you to tell us in your application the total amount of funding you are requesting and over what time period. Please note that our maximum grant size is £30,000 in total.
What can the funding be used for? Does The Fore fund core costs?
We offer unrestricted grants that can be used for any purpose, including core costs and capital funding. The key thing to note is that we are looking to make grants that will strengthen your organisation internally and help it take the next step forwards in its growth or sustainability. Our grant might help you grow, increase your internal capacity, serve new beneficiary groups, become more sustainable or more efficient – we don’t mind, we just want you to be able to be better at what you do. We want our grants to have a transformational impact on the organisations we fund. If you are applying for core costs, you must demonstrate how this use of the funds will move your organisation forwards, as opposed to enabling ‘business as usual.’
I hear the process is very competitive, is it worth me applying?
Yes, the process is competitive, but we also hope you will gain from it. One-third of applicants will get through to our “ideas testing” phase. We know from feedback that most applicants find this useful.
If you think an hour-long conversation with someone with ten years of senior professional strategic experience is worth it, then we would recommend you apply. Learn more about our Strategic Applicant Consultants.
Will everyone who applies for funding receive a grant?
Unfortunately our funding rounds are highly competitive, and we don’t have sufficient funding to make grants to all who apply. The Fore will provide every applicant with feedback, and unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply.
If I am successful, what will The Fore require in terms of monitoring?
Grantees should expect a phone call every year to discuss their progress against the targets that have been agreed, alongside a short survey. There is no obligation to write and submit a report. We aim to provide support to our grantees and not to burden them with unnecessary reporting.
Does my organisation need to be a registered charity?
We accept applications from registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies.
Can I apply if my organisation is a company limited by guarantee?
Unfortunately we can only accept applications from companies limited by guarantee if they are also Registered Charities or Community Interest Companies. Otherwise, we cannot accept applications from companies limited by guarantee, even if they have other elements associated with social enterprises (such as asset locks, non-distribution clauses or charitable/social purposes).
We have applied to be a registered charity/community interest company/charitable incorporated organisation/community benefit society, but our application has not yet been approved. Can we still apply for funding?
We are unable to fund organisations whose registration (as a charity, community interest company, charitable incorporated organisation or community benefit society in the UK) is in process but has not yet been approved. Please do not register for one of The Fore’s funding rounds until you have received confirmation from the relevant regulator that your registration has been approved.
Do you fund charitable activities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England?
Do you fund charitable activities overseas?
Yes, but the organisation needs to have a base and be registered within the UK as described above.
My organisation has annual income of more than £500,000. Can we still apply for funding?
No. The Fore only provides grants to organisations with less than £500,000 annual income in the previous completed financial year. Unfortunately, even if your income this current year will be under £500,000, you cannot apply until next year.
I have an existing grant from The Fore. Can I apply?
No, unfortunately we cannot accept applications from grantees who have not come to the end of their grant term. Once you have had your final grant closure Monitoring and Evaluation call with us, you become eligible to re-apply.
If I have been turned down previously for a grant from The Fore, can I apply again?
Yes, you can reapply. We would strongly advise you to note how you have taken account of any feedback previously supplied by the Fore. Please ensure that your application is sufficiently different from previous unsuccessful attempts. You should make sure that you have clearly addressed how the funding will create a step change for your organisation.
Registering for funding
How do I apply for funding?
To apply for funding, organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of the funding round. Dates for upcoming registration periods are always provided on our website in advance. When registration opens, a link to the registration form appears on this page.
Once your place on the funding round has been confirmed by email, you have 3-4 weeks to submit an application document via a secure weblink – please see the guidelines for application for more details. Only organisations that have registered with us at the start of a funding round and were allocated a place, may submit an application for that funding round.
How long do you stay open for registration?
Registrations are open for one week. This takes around two to three minutes.
After this, applicants will receive confirmation by email, if they have been allocated a place on the funding round. Details of how to apply will be included. If there are more applicants registered than places available, places will be allocated at random.
I have sent in my application by the secure weblink but have not heard back from The Fore.
Please first check the spam/junk folder of the e-mail address you used to register. If you are still unable to locate an email from us confirming the receipt of your application please contact [email protected].
What should I write in my application?
Please review our guidelines for application, available on the website here.
Am I required to include a detailed budget in my application?
No, detailed budgets are not required, please only include a financial table pasted into part of your three submitted pages (see below). If the Strategic Applicant Consultant allocated to your application has any additional questions, they will ask you directly if your organisation is long-listed for an interview.
Do we need to include a financial table in our application?
We expect applications to include a simple statement of the organisation’s income and expenditure, for three years of historic and three years of forecast financial years. We provide a model table for you to download in our guidelines for application. Please copy and paste it into your three page application. You should submit your annual accounts alongside this, as a separate document.
Is the financial table included as part of the three page application?
Yes, please include the financial table within the three pages. You can either copy and paste the cells from our template, or embed it as an image.
We don’t have three years of financial results. What should we say in the financial table?
Please include only as much information as you are able to provide.
There’s something odd or unusual about our financial history, and we think it may be confusing. What should we say in the financial table?
We understand that your organisation may recently have undergone significant changes to its operations or experienced COVID-19 related losses. Please include a short explanation under the table, to make sense of the information you have provided. The strategic applicant consultant allocated to your application will ask any additional questions of you directly if your organisation is long-listed for an interview.
We are a new organisation and don't yet have any accounts.
Please just include as much of a financial picture as you are able to provide, including some simple forecasts, and attach your management accounts or an internal financial report if you have one.
How should I calculate our full-time equivalent (FTE) hours?When calculating your organisation’s FTE, please:
- Do use 40 hours as the basis for your calculation.
- Do include part-time staff in your calculations.
- Do not include freelancers in your calculations.
I don’t have my audited accounts for the most recent year. Can I still apply?
Yes. Please attach the most recent audited accounts you have available, and please include your most recent management accounts, even if those are quite basic – we want to understand your organisation as much as we can.
I made a mistake when uploading my answers to the questions in the webform. What should I do?
Don’t worry! Please email the correct information to [email protected] before the deadline for applications, and we will update your application record. Please use the name of your organisation as you registered it in the subject line followed by Application Amendment and we will update your application record before it is assessed.
If you have any further queries, please contact us.