Apply for a grant - Charity


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At ACT, we believe that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.  To help us achieve this goal we provide financial support to charities who, through their day to day operations, will strive to bring about transformational change to enhance the quality of the lives of people in need.

We like our grants to have a significant impact across one or more of our 4 life "themes" and to become one of our charity partners you will need to demonstrate how your project outputs meet our objectives in one or more of these themes.  Our themes are broad ranging and we support many activities within each.  A summary can be found at Themes

Please note that we only accept requests for funding through our online application form

Before starting the application process it is important that you read our Application Guidelines below and examples of what we will not fund.  We also recommend that you read our Guidance for Preparing Your Grant Application and our  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before applying.

Application Guidelines

  1. Your project must support one of our 4 life "themes"
  2. You must be a UK Registered Charity with a minimum of 3 years filed accounts
  3. You must sign and accept our standard Terms and Conditions (pdf)
  4. You must agree to our Privacy & Data Protection Policy
  5. You must agree to our Equality Policy

What we will not fund:

  1. We do not fund projects that are completed by the time of our decision
  2. We do not fund projects that support a political or religious persuasion
  3. We do not fund Statutory services including local or national authorities, NHS hospitals or services, prisons and state schools except where the school is wholly for students with additional needs.
  4. We do not fund universities, further education colleges or independent schools except where the facility is wholly for students with additional needs.
  5. We do not fund core operating costs except in connection with setting up a new service
  6. We will not fund other grant making charities except through a match funding partnership
  7. We will not fund community centres and youth clubs except where those benefiting have physical and/or a mental disability, are elderly or suffering from a long-term illness.
  8. We do not accept applications for overseas projects.

Click here for a few examples of charities we have recently partnered

When to apply

You may apply for a grant at any time.  Trustees meet four times a year but procedures exist to give approvals between meeting dates if necessary.

We do not publish the dates of our Trustee meetings.

What happens to your application

Once you have submitted your application via our online form, you will receive an acknowledgement by e-mail.

We will assess all acceptable applications on a case by case basis.  Please note large grants are the exception however and most of our grant awards are under £10,000.  Charities that make an application for £10,000 or more may be visited as part of our due diligence.

We aim to make a decision on 95% of grant applications within 3 months of receipt.  Applications for larger grants can take up to 6 months depending on the cycle of Trustee meetings and the due diligence visits.

Ready to Apply

If you have read all the above and are ready to apply, please click Begin. 

PDFs of the questions contained in our eligibility checker and online application form can be found at the links below and you may like to view these before you start:-

eligibility checker

online application

During the online application process (at Section C) you will be asked to upload certain information in PDF format.  If you are unfamiliar with creating a PDF, please click on the following link for help: What is a PDF file.

Please note that by clicking "Begin" you are accepting our Privacy and Data Protection policies.