Due to overwhelming demand and the high quality of the many applications received since opening this year's grant cycle in mid-January, the 2016 grant applications window has now closed.

The Foundation's new 2017 guidelines for applicants will be published in January next year when the 2017 grant cycle opens for support. In the meantime, many thanks to all those who have applied and our best wishes to the many excellent organisations seeking core funding in what we appreciate is currently a very difficult funding climate.

How do I apply for a grant?

Please first read the grant application guidelines and criteria in detail. If you believe your organisation runs a project which meets the Trustees’ criteria, please fill in the Initial Application Form and submit it to foundation@first-utility.com. The Foundation will advise whether your organisation meets the minimum criteria for a grant. If so, you will be asked to complete a full Application Form and submit it with the supplementary materials requested in the form. You should also send a hard copy to Fiona Paré c/o Ed Kamm, First Utility, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HA, who is also available to answer any questions and support applicants throughout the process.

When are grants made?

In 2016, grants will be awarded to successful applicants as per the schedule below. Where grant applications are not successful the applicant will be informed in writing. Please note that the Trustees’ decision is final.

  • Grant Cycle opens: 15th January
  • Deadline for initial applications: NOW CLOSED
  • Deadline for full applications: 4th April
  • Trustee meeting to review applications: 23rd May
  • Decisions communicated to Grantees: June 2016

How long do the grants last?

Organisations should apply initially for up to a year’s funding and provide an end-of-year Annual Progress Report (First Utility Foundation Progress Report Form). After the initial year, some organisations may be invited to apply for multi-year grants. Where more than one year of funding is agreed, it will be subject to an annual review of progress by the Foundation and the applicant will need to demonstrate it has met certain agreed criteria before receiving a repeat payment.

What are the reporting requirements?

All grantees will be required to report on their use of donations from the Foundation using the Annual Progress Report (First Utility Foundation Progress Report Form). Please review this and ensure you will be able to comply with this requirement prior to applying for funding.

Whom should we contact with any queries?

Please contact Fiona Paré Email: foundation@first-utility.com or Tel: 07885 966 269.