1. How do we apply?
Download an application form and follow the instructions.
2. How much can we apply for?
Most grants are in the range £500 - £2000. Larger grants are sometimes given in exceptional circumstances, usually for commissions.
3. Do we have to be a registered charity?
Normally yes, but other bodies with annual reports and accounts open to public scrutiny (eg CICs) may be considered.
4. Do you support individuals?
No, only Feeney Fellowships.
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5. Do you consider grants outside Birmingham?
Organisations must be based in or have a working presence in the City of Birmingham, or make a significant contribution to artistic life in Birmingham. Applications for open space projects must be in or near Birmingham.
6. When is the best time to apply?
Applications are best made between January and March. March 31 is the cut off date each year. There is only one meeting a year. See Meeting timetable.
7. Will you fund 100% of a project or organisation’s costs?
We can only offer limited support.
8. We are a new charity and do not yet have any audited accounts. Does this matter?
You need to explain your individual circumstances. Sometimes we will consider a new charity without audited accounts. See Eligibility.
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9. Do you acknowledge all applications?
Applications are normally acknowledged. Email applications will receive a standard reply.
10. When will we hear if our application has been successful?
11. Do you expect us to spend the grant within a certain time?
We expect you to explain when you need the grant in your application, and to do what you have proposed.
12. What happens if we no longer wish to spend the grant on the specified project? Can we spend it on something else?
No. This is not possible unless you contact us first and obtain permission for this change of purpose.
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13. You have already given us a grant. Can we apply again?
You may put in applications to subsequent annual meetings, but we will not commit to anything other than one-off grants. You should note that we support specific projects rather than core costs.
14. Will you come and visit us?
Trustees reserve the right to visit projects they have funded, or are considering funding.
15. Can we apply for equipment?
We will consider applications for equipment and anything else which may be helpful to the success of your project.
16. What happens if we get turned down? Will we know why? Is there an appeals procedure?
Trustees make decisions at their annual Meeting. Applicants are advised if they are not successful, but no correspondence is entered into.