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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What we do and do not support

The Schroder Charity Trust makes grants of up to £5,000 towards core and project costs to charities registered in the UK for work under the following categories: 

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage 

  • Education, Training and Employment  

  • Environment and Conservation 

  • Health and Wellbeing 

  • Strengthening Communities 

The Trustees are particularly interested in applications which can demonstrate the following: 

  • Building strong communities and an understanding of how to engage with intended beneficiaries 

  • Replicable and sustainable work, rather than one off events 

  • Value for money 

  • Maximising the use of volunteers 

  • Support of older people 

  • Support for marginalised/vulnerable younger people  

  • The use of helplines and information services 

  • Sustainability of funding i.e. the charity will not be solely reliant on a grant from the Schroder Charity Trust for their work.  

The Schroder Charity Trust does not fund the following: 

  • Charities registered outside of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland  - charities working internationally are eligible to apply but they must be registered in the UK 

  • Organisations with a status other than registered charity i.e. CICs and social enterprises 

  • Individuals - including applications made by an organisation on behalf of an individual, or where the grant will only have one beneficiary  

  • Animal welfare charities - other than those which are purely focussed on environmental or conservation issues 

  • Political organisations 

  • Major capital appeals 

  • Work which has already been completed or nearly finished i.e. grants cannot be made retroactively  - please read the FAQ’s for further information on the timing of the application process 

  • Charities which have made an application in the last 12 months - an error message may appear if an application is attempted too early

It is unlikely that charities which fall under the following categories will receive a grant: 

  • Charities with an annual income over £2,500,000 

  • Hospices  

  • Medical research. 

About our grants

The Schroder Charity Trust generally makes grants of up to £5,000. In 2020/21 the average grant was £4,008. We receive over 1000 applications each year and approximately 100 charities receive grants, meaning there is a 1 in 10 success rate (i.e. of every 10 applications we receive, 1 will receive funding). We fund both core costs and specific projects, but not large capital appeals. Grants are for a one-year period, rather than over multiple years.

How do I apply for funding?

Please click on the apply now button the homepage or under the apply section. You will first be asked some questions to establish if your charity is eligible to apply for a grant. 

All relevant information must be provided within your application. It is important to note that we can only accept applications online. 

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement with a copy of your application once submitted. 

Please follow the Apply Now link to create your application form. 

Can I save my application and resume later?

You do not need to complete your application in one session, as you will be able to save and return to it. Each time you save the form you will be provided with a link to use to access the form which can also be emailed to you. Please note that you will be provided with a new link every time you save the form. You must use this latest link so as not to lose any changes. 

What is the timescale for applications and grants?
  • The Schroder Charity Trust operates a rolling programme and therefore does not set fixed deadlines. Organisations can apply at any time.
  • Decisions on applications are made twice a year. It can take up to 9 months to receive a decision about your application - please bear this timescale in mind when applying for project funding (i.e. not ongoing work or core costs) as we are unable to fund projects which have already started or been completed
  • Decisions on grants are communicated via email to the email address provided in the application. Please note we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications
  • If you have not heard from us within 12 months of submitting your application, please presume that you have been unsuccessful
  • Your organisation can reapply for funding 12 months after you receive a decision about your most recent application. An error message may appear on the website if you reapply too early.   
What do I do if I have issues with the website?

If you are experiencing issues with the  website or application,  please send an explanation of the problem and screenshots to   


Contacting Us

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Schroder Charity Trust is unable to offer individual assistance on applications. The online application process is designed so that your charity can provide the information that is required in order for a decision to be reached. 

If you have a question not covered in the above information, please email