Main Grants Programme: How to Apply

The Trust does not have an application form (except for overseas PhD students) but each application to the main grants programme should be accompanied by this single page cover sheet here which includes your consent to us holding your personal data for the purpose of processing your application [data privacy].

Please print and sign the sheet and return it with your application, whether submitting by post or email.

Your application, maximum 3,000 words, should include:

  • UK charity registration number*
  • project description and your grant request
  • outline budget for the project
  • indication of likely funding from other sources
  • contact details, including postal address and email address.

*Unless you are a Church that is an Excepted Charity or you are a Publicly Exempt Charity e.g. national museums, universities.

Images, copies of reports etc, may be supplied in addition to your 3,000 word application. For applications made by email, the maximum file size for attachments is 8MB.

Applications for conservation projects should be accompanied by a professional conservation report and/or evidence that work will be carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced professionals.

There is no need to supply copies of your organisation's annual reports and accounts unless these are not available online at Companies House, the Charity Commission or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Applications by post should be sent to: The Grants Director, 105 Greenway Avenue, London E17 3QL. Applications by email should be sent to info@lechetrust.org.

Please note that there is not someone in the office every day, so that post requiring a signature on receipt may be delayed.

We will aim to acknowledge receipt of your application within 5 days. If you need further advice before making an application please contact the Grants Director, either by email to info@lechetrust.org or by telephone on 020 3233 0023.

Timetable

Trustees meet three times a year to review applications, normally in February, May and October. The deadlines for submitting applications to the next three meetings are:

Friday 7th December for the February 2019 meeting
Friday 26th April for the June 2019 meeting
Friday 16th August for the October 2019 meeting

Data Privacy

You can read the Leche Trustees' full data privacy policy here. In the case of the Main Grant Programme, we maintain a record of all applications received, whether successful or unsuccessful, on a grants database. This includes the organisation's name, project description and details of the Trustees' decision but does not include any personal data. This information is kept for internal statistical research.

If your application is successful and you are awarded a grant, we will keep your grant file, which includes personal data, for six years for audit purposes from the financial year in which the payment was made. The charity's auditors may seek to consult a sample of individual grant files in the course of verifying that the charity's financial transactions have been properly carried out. Beyond six years paper files are shredded and digital files deleted.

If your application is successful and you are awarded a grant, we will keep your grant file, which includes personal data, for six years for audit purposes from the financial year in which the payment was made. The charity's auditors may seek to consult a sample of individual grant files in the course of verifying that the charity's financial transactions have been properly carried out. Beyond six years paper files are shredded and digital files deleted.

We do not share personal data supplied by applicants with any other organisation or individual.

In the course of processing applications we may consult publicly-available information about organisations on the websites of the Charity Commission and Companies House.

Conditions of Grant

For conditions of grant click here.