Decisions about Awards are made by the Trustees. The Trustees meet three times each year. They may occasionally decide about applications outside this time frame but only in exceptional circumstances.
When applications are received they are read and typically about one third will be shortlisted. These shortlisted applications are read in detail by all the staff, Trustees and are also sent to a panel of external referees. Your references may be contacted at this stage.
Following the Trustees meeting you will be notified of the Trustees decision. If you have been successful you will be sent a Grant Acceptance Form, and a Final Report Form. Subject to the satisfactory completion of the Grant Acceptance Form your award will be released.
The Trustees are unable to enter into correspondence about the reasons for their decisions. Most applications fail to win support simply because we receive so may applications that we are unable to fund them all and therefore have to make some very difficult decisions.