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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 will appear if an application is submitted 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 2019/20 the average grant was £4,368. We receive between 400-500 applications each year and approximately 100 charities receive grants, meaning there is a 1 in 5 success rate (i.e. of every 5 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 note applications to the Schroder Charity Trust will be closed from Monday 20th September and will re-open on Monday 31st January 2022


What is the timescale for applications and grants?
  • There are two rounds of grants made each 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
  • You can see the status of your application and when it will be reviewed (e.g. Summer 2021, Winter 2022), by logging into your account
  • 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 will appear on the website if you reapply too early.   
  • If you have submitted an application before 19th September 2021 you should receive a decision on your application by the end of the year
  • Once applications open again in January 2022 the next round of grants will be made in Summer 2022.  
What do I do if I have issues with the website?

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

If you can’t log into the website please click the ‘forgotten password’ link which will email you a link to reset your password.  

If you get an error message when entering your website address on the application form, please enter 'https://' in front of the 'www'.  

Contacting Us

Please email if you have a question not covered by the above information. Please note that the Schroder Charity Trust will not be accepting applications between Monday 20th September and Monday 31st January 2022.