1. Are you eligible?

The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust primarily funds projects which support the Trust’s interests of education, international friendship and understanding, and the promotion of world peace and development.

The Trust aims to support projects both in the UK and abroad, and supports charitable organisations situated in the UK and overseas. However, all charitable organisations must be registered as a charity with the UK Charity Commission in order to be eligible for funding.

Grants to charities will be on a matching funding basis only so that if the applicant has raised 50% of their budget the Trustees will consider awarding matching funding up to a maximum of 50%. However, if the applicant has raised less than 50% of their budget the Trustees will only consider awarding a maximum of 30% funding.

Evidence of actively seeking funds from other sources is seen by the Trustees as being a beneficial addition to any application.

The Trust is unable to provide retrospective funding and therefore can only accept applications for forthcoming projects.

  1. Your Application

Application deadlines
Applications can be submitted at any time as the Trustees review applications for funding requests up to £50,000 on a monthly basis. If you wish to apply for funding of more than £50,000 then your application will be considered at the next bi-annual meeting of Trustees which usually take place around March and September.

Guidance
We only accept applications submitted online using the correct application form. Any applications sent by post, email or fax will not be considered.

Please do not contact us for guidance prior to making an application. All the information you require is contained here. Your application will be acknowledged but no progress reports will be given and no feedback is provided in relation to unsuccessful applications.

Please ensure that you have the following ready:

  • Narrative Proposal
    Describe your project in no more than 150 words.

Explain how your project fits within the Trust’s priorities. It is important to give a clear and concise sense of the goals and the process involved. What are you hoping to achieve through your project and for what do you actually require the funding? Please prepare this summary carefully; it is one of the tools used by the Trustees to decide whether your application goes forward to the next step.

  • Budget & Funding information
    This should include both income and expenditure. It should be clear how much the project will cost in total and how much you are requesting from the Trust. Please list any other existing or anticipated sources of capital/income for the project, including any pending applications with other funding bodies. If you are applying for funding for more than one year your budget should cover the entire period.
  • Additional Information
    Be sure you have ready any other information you would like the Trustees to consider. You will also need to advise to whom the cheque is to be made payable if your application is successful and an alternative postal address, if it is different from the registered address of your charity. Please note we are unable to make cheques payable to individuals applying on behalf of a charity.

Funding Decision
Timings
The Trustees consider funding applications up to £50,000 on a monthly basis and endeavour to reply to all successful applicants within 6 weeks of receiving their applications.

The Funding Offer
We will write to all successful applicants stating the size and duration of the grant offer. This may not be exactly the same as your request. All grants will be paid by means of a cheque and are valid for a period of 6 months. If you have not cashed the cheque after the 6 month period the Trustees have the right to withdraw the funding.

Reapplying
If you receive a grant from the Trust you are still eligible to apply again in the future once a period of three years has passed since receipt of the grant, or, if the grant was made in instalments, then the 3 year period applies from receipt of the final instalment.

If your application is not successful you may apply to the Trust again, for a different project, after a period of 6 months has lapsed.

Reporting
The Trustees require either a brief annual report or a report following the conclusion of the project (each no more than 1,500 words, to be submitted via email to lpg@teeslaw.co.uk)

Requests to Meet with the Trustees

The Trustees will not usually meet with applicants, unless at the Trustees’ behest, to discuss a proposed application.