Grant Application Form – notes for applicants The notes below are intended to help you complete your application form. You may also find our application guidelines useful (downloadable from www.ecology.co.uk/about/charitablefoundation). Please note that the Ecology Building Society Charitable Foundation’s key criteria when assessing grant applications are: Promoting sustainable development for the benefit of the public, by the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources Promoting regeneration and sustainable development with a focus on environment conscious building practices. Organisation / Applicant Key contact Address Telephone number(s) Email address Website Status Please give the name of the person who we should contact regarding this application. Please give the main contact address for your organisation. Please give the number(s) on which we can contact the person named above. If the person is only available at certain times, please indicate this here. Please give the email on which we can contact the person named above. If your organisation has a website, please enter the address here. For example: Registered Charity / Social Enterprise / Trust / Community Group. About your organisation When was your organisation established? Annual income Bank account details How many staff and/or volunteers does your organisation have? Does your organisation have a constitution or set of rules? Please provide a brief summary of your core activities Please enter the year in which your organisation was set up. Please give your income for the previous year of your organisation’s operations. If possible, please include a copy of the previous year’s financial summary. If your organisation is new, enter ‘Not applicable’. Please include details of your organisation’s bank account including account name, account number, sort code and branch. Please note that we cannot make grant payments to accounts held by individuals. Please include all full time and part time staff and volunteers. We need to ensure that the organisations we fund are well run. A basic constitution or simple set of rules will provide evidence of this. If you have such a document, please include a copy with your application. Explain here what your organisation seeks to achieve and its main activities. You do not need to go into a lot of detail – a brief list of points is sufficient. About your project What, specifically, would our funding be used for? How does this project fit with the aims of the Charitable Foundation? Explain here the project which our funding would be used for. Please be specific. If the funding you are requesting does not cover the entire cost of the project, please also explain what part of the project our grant will fund. You need to show that the money will be spent in a way which meets the aims of the Charitable Foundation. Please refer to the key criteria at the start of this application form. Budgets and timescales Include a brief outline of when your project will start, when it will finish, and significant milestones. This does not have What is your project’s timescale? to be detailed. Include any considerations which may affect the timetable and if possible include a contingency. Enter the amount you are applying for here. The upper limit How much are you requesting? is £6,000. If you are requesting funding for the entire project, enter the same figure here. If the grant will only fund part of the What are the overall costs of your project, enter the total cost of the project here. If possible, project? please attach a full project budget. Please provide a cost breakdown, e.g. materials If the grant will only fund part of the project, you need to How will the remaining costs be sourced? show that you have considered how you will secure the rest of the funding. Outcomes and evaluation You need to identify clearly the people or places that will Who or what will benefit from your benefit from your project. Try to be as specific as you can. project? If your project will benefit people, please include an estimate of how many people will benefit. What changes will your project bring about? These could What will be the key outcomes of your be changes in the lives of people, changes in the project? environment or other types of change. You will need to gather evidence of the impact that your How will you measure the success of project makes. This could be pictures, stories, surveys, your project? interviews, or case studies – anything that captures the changes you have seen. Other information If successful in your application, would This may include using your organisation’s name or logo, you be willing to take part in publicity for providing an interview or photo to the media, or featuring the Charitable Foundation? on our website and in our newsletter. We want to make as many organisations as possible How did you hear about the Ecology aware of our grants, so it helps us to understand more Building Society Charitable Foundation? about how people find out about us. This information will not be used in the assessment process. Remember to include the following documents if available: Constitution or set of rules Previous year’s financial summary Project budget.