Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply as an individual?

No, the Foundation does not provide funding or bursaries for individuals.

When can I apply?

The online application form is available throughout most of the year, but applications are assessed and grants awarded in two windows each year, see timetable.

How much can we apply for?

Please apply for the amount you need to deliver the proposed work. As we start to make grants under our 2020-25 strategy, we will update the website with the average size of grant.

Can I apply for a grant for multiple years?

Yes, the Foundation does fund projects over multiple years. You will be asked for the duration of your project when completing the application form.

How many years’ funding can we apply for?

We would not normally make grants for more than three years. Within this, please apply for the length of time you need to deliver the proposed work.

Can we post, fax or email you our funding proposal?

No. We only accept applications submitted via our on-line process.

What happens after we submit our first-stage application?

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement by e-mail when you have submitted your first stage on-line application. It is then passed to a member of our grants staff who will read and assess it. Our grants team then meet and discuss all of the applications received and decide which ones have the closest fit with our funding programmes and priorities (see How we Prioritise Applications). We’ll let you know whether we are inviting you to submit a second-stage application within four weeks of the closing date.

What kind of information will you need at second stage?

If you are invited to apply to the second stage, we will ask you more about:

  • Your organisation including about your Board and staff; planned income and expenditure in the current financial year; and your approach to quality control.
  • What you would like TLEF funding for, including about the problem you are trying to solve, further detail on your planned approach, what difference you hope to make and how you would learn from your work.

I already have a grant from TLEF. Can I apply for another?

Yes, we can make multiple grants to one organisation. If you would like to apply for additional funding, please ask advice from your Grants Manager in the first instance.

Our current funding is coming to an end. Can we apply for continuation funding?

Yes. If you would like to apply for continuation funding, please ask advice from your Grants Manager. Please note, the application process will usually be the same for continuation funding so it may take up to 5 months from deadline to decision.

Do you provide feedback on why our application was rejected?

Yes we do. If your application is rejected, the email will include the main reason(s) we were unable to support your work. You may also phone us for further feedback.

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