Grant-Making Policy

Donations With A Difference (DWAD) is a charitable grant-making trust (registered charity no. 1157927). It is the responsibility of the trustees to make grants to individuals and organisations in order to further the trust's charitable objectives.

Funding Priorities

Grants are made primarily, but not exclusively, to individuals, registered charities, and other charitable organisations within the UK in support of the following funding priorities:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Education

Donations With A Difference has a limited budget for grants and therefore is unfortunately unable to fund many other worthwhile causes. For the avoidance of doubt, DWAD will not fund any of the following:

  • Overseas expeditions
  • Higher education tuition fees
  • Organisations incorporated or based outside of the United Kingdom
  • Non-secular, political or otherwise discriminatory projects
  • Animal charities

The trust's total grant budget is currently around £15,000 per year, of which around 90% is typically awarded to individuals and organisations in Kent. Grants are generally made as single payments of between £100 and £5,000 but larger awards may be made in exceptional circumstances. The trust receives many more applications than it has funds to support. Prospective applicants should be aware that not all applications are successful, even if the request fully satisfies DWAD's charitable objectives and funding priorities.

Applications

All applicants must complete the online application form at dwad.org/grant-application. Applications made by other means will not be accepted.

There is no deadline for applications and all will be acknowledged. The trustees generally meet on the second Monday of each month to review all pending grant requests.

In deciding whether to fund a grant, the trustees will primarily consider the benefit(s) that will be provided. Successful applicants are typically able to demonstrate that the grant will deliver a benefit that is wide-ranging, profound and/or long-lasting.

Successful applicants will be notified by email and will be required to provide any additional information requested by the trustees. Payment will be made as agreed between the two parties. All grant recipients will be required to provide further feedback and evidence to satisfy the trust that the grant was used for the purpose for which it was awarded.

To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, applicants are required to consent to the use of the personal data that they supply in the processing and review of their application. This includes transfer to and use by such individuals and organisations as the trust deems appropriate. On submission of a grant request, the applicant must confirm that personal data relating to any other individuals is supplied with their consent.

This policy is reviewed annually.

Last updated: September 2017

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