Criteria for Awarding Grants

In making a decision about whether to support an application, our Trustees will take the following factors into account:


Preference will be given to projects which will lead to longer-term benefits after the initial funding has ended.  Applications which have a  short life span will have little weighting.  For example, a bid to fund an audio-described theatrical performance is unlikely to succeed, while a bid to purchase equipment to provide this service on an ongoing basis would be more attractive.

Value for Money

The Ulverscroft Foundation has a duty to make best use of its resources. We will look at the overall project benefits, noting the number   of people who will benefit, the costs and the timescale.  You will need to show that you have eliminated unnecessary costs and that you have secured the best prices for any service, equipment or materials you propose to purchase.

Financial Viability

Our Trustees will examine your audited accounts to determine whether your organisation, and the particular project for which you are bidding, is financially viable. They will take into account the overall financial health of your organisation, your income and expenditure, and any other sources of funding which you are able to access.

Matched Funding

If you have approached other potential donors the Ulverscroft Foundation may pledge a sum of money to be released only when other funding is secured.


Our Trustees will consider all bids however small.  However, some  small-scale pilot projects may be capable of application on a larger scale, or may offer a model that can be adopted by other organisations.


Organisations we support are expected to build in accessibility to their  services and premises as a matter of equal opportunity. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation has an Equal Opportunities Policy which is regularly monitored and reviewed.


The Ulverscroft Foundation has no direct contact with those who benefit from our funding.  However, the organisations we help fund, in the UK  and abroad, work with some of the most vulnerable adults and children.  We have a responsibility to ensure that all those who benefit from our support are able to do so in an environment which protects them from  bullying, abuse or other forms of harm.  You will need to demonstrate that your organisation has implemented a Safeguarding Policy and has procedures in place to implement and monitor the policy. Our own safeguarding policy can be found here.

Monitoring and Evaluation

If you have received a large grant or pledge (over £10,000) from the Foundation, we will require you to provide periodic updates on progress.  You will need to demonstrate that our grant has been spent on the purposes for which it was awarded.  Any variation will need to be approved by our Foundation before you proceed.