The Ulverscroft Foundation supports projects that help visually impaired people. Within any group of people there will be an element of visual impairment; grants can only be considered if the VI element is significant.
In making a decision about whether to support an application, the Trustees will take the following factors into account:
- Sustainability: Preference will be given to projects which will lead to longer-term benefits after the initial funding has ended. Applications which have a short lifespan will have little weighting. For example, a bid to fund an audio-described theatrical performance is unlikely to succeed, while a bid to purchase equipment to provide this service on a ongoing basis would be more attractive.
- Value for Money: The Foundation has a duty to make best use of its resources. They will look at the overall project benefits, noting the number of people who will benefit, the costs and the timescale. You will need to show that you have eliminated unnecessary costs and that you have secured the best prices for any service, equipment or materials you propose to purchase.
- Financial Viability: The Trustees will examine your audited accounts to determine whether your organisation, and the particular project for which you are bidding, is financially viable. They will take into account the overall financial health of your organisation, your income and expenditure, and any other sources of funding which you are able to access.
- Matched Funding: If you have approached other potential donors the Ulverscroft Foundation may pledge a sum of money to be released only when other funding is secured.
- Scaleability: The Trustees will consider all bids however small. Some small scale pilot projects may be capable of application on a larger scale, or may offer a model that can be adopted by other organisations.
- Accessibility: Organisations are expected to build in accessibility to their services and premises as a matter of equal opportunity. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation has an Equal Opportunities Policy which is regularly monitored and reviewed.
- Safeguarding: The Ulverscroft Foundation has no direct contact with those who benefit from their funding. However, the organisations they help fund work with some of the most vulnerable adults and children. They have a responsibility to ensure that all those who benefit from their support are able to do so in an environment which protects them from bullying, abuse or other forms of harm. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation has implemented a Safeguarding Policy and has procedures in place to implement and monitor the policy.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: If you have received a large grant or pledge (over £10,000) from the Foundation, they will require you to provide periodic updates on progress. You will need to demonstrate that the grant has been spent on the purposes for which it was awarded. Any variation will need to be approved by our Foundation before you proceed.
Trustees meet quarterly to consider applications: in January (deadline 15 December), April (deadline 15 March), July (deadline 15 June) and October (deadline 15 September). Dates of meetings may be subject to change.
More information: http://www.ulverscroft-foundation.org.uk/grants/