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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of general frequently asked questions.  If you have any specific questions, please contact a member of the grants team by email or by telephone (details on Contact Us page).

Q         Does the Foyle Foundation consider applications from Community Interest Companies (CICs) or Social Enterprises?

A         We cannot accept applications from Community Interest Companies or Social Enterprises.

The Foundation can only accept applications from organisations with charitable status.  This includes registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), excepted charities and exempt charities.  We will also consider applications from small charities with a turnover of less than £5,000 that have a HMRC charity number.

Q         What is the deadline to receive applications?

A         The Foyle Foundation operates a rolling programme, therefore we do not have application deadlines.  Organisations can apply at any time and the request will be taken to the next available meeting.  Applicants are advised to apply well in advance of the start date of their project.

For capital requests over £50,000, the Trustees will only consider applications twice a year in spring and autumn.   We suggest that organisations applying for capital funds speak to the Chief Executive or Grants Manager prior to submission.

Q         How long does it take to receive a decision?

A         Generally, applicants should receive a decision within 4 months.   It is therefore important to apply at least 6 months before the start date of activities. 

For capital requests over £50,000, the Trustees will only consider applications twice a year in spring and autumn.  We suggest that organisations applying for capital funds speak to the Chief Executive or Grants Manager prior to submission.

Q         Can the supplementary information be written on a separate document? Can this exceed the four pages?

A         Yes, the supplementary information can be submitted on a separate document, although we prefer the answers to be in the same format as the list of questions.  We suggest that this document does not exceed four pages, but this is a flexible limit depending on the type of project and level of information you feel is necessary.

Q         Does the Foyle Foundation accept applications electronically?

A         At present, the Foundation does not accept applications electronically. 

Q         Who do I send the application to?

A         Please send the application to David Hall, Chief Executive, The Foyle Foundation, 2 Rugby Street, London, WC1N 3QU.

Q         Does the Foyle Foundation consider supporting salaries?

A         The Foundation can consider requests for core funding via both the small grants scheme and main grants scheme.  If applying for a salary, please explain how the position will be sustainable at the end of the funding period.

Under the Main Grants Scheme we discourage organisations in receipt of regular public funding from applying for core funding. 

Q         When can an organisation re-apply for funding?

A         If an application is declined, the organisation can re-apply 12 months after the last request date.  If re-applying for the same or similar project, please speak to a member of the Grants Team first for feedback on the last request and to discuss any future submission.

The Trustees discourage re-applications from large capital requests over £50,000 for the same project.

If the application was successful, the applicant can re-apply 12 months after the approval date of the last request.  For multi-year grants, this changes to 12 months after the last payment.  For organisations awarded a grant of over £50K, please wait 3 years after the last payment.

Q         Can new charities apply if they don’t have audited accounts?

A         Yes, although you will need to provide a copy of your income and expenditure projections for the current financial year plus an explanation of how you will meet these.  In addition please supply a copy of a bank statement in the name of the charity.

Q         If an organisation wishes to apply to the Small Grants Scheme but they have recorded a turnover of more than £100K in previous years is the charity still eligible to apply?

A         We look at the total expenditure in the last completed financial year, which needs to be under £100,000.  If there are any unusual reasons for a high turnover, such as fundraising for a one off capital project, please contact the grants team to discuss further. 

Q         Can academies apply to the Foyle School Library Programme?

A         Yes, academies are welcome to apply to the School Library Programme.  Although new schools that are not Academy convertors should wait at least 2 years before applying to the Foundation, at which point they will have a greater understanding of the literacy needs of pupils and a track record. 

Q         Are special schools eligible to apply?

State special schools are eligible to apply to the Main Grants Scheme and the Foyle School Library Programme. 

Q         Are independent schools eligible to apply to the Foyle School Library Programme?

A         No, the Foundation does not accept applications from independent schools.  Special schools where the majority of fees are paid by the Local Authority are eligible to apply.

Q         Can pupil referral units apply to the Foyle School Library Programme?

A         Yes, pupil referral units are eligible.