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FUNDING: People’s Postcode Trust – Small Grants Programme

Status:  Open to applications
Application Deadline:  09 November 2012


The People’s Postcode Trust aims to make Scotland, England and Wales a better place for both people and nature and acts within the following six fields of operation: poverty prevention; advancement of health; community development; public sports; human rights; and environmental protection.


Maximum Value:  £10,000
Minimum Value:  £500

Value Notes

Grants range from £500 to £10,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £5,000 for those in Wales. 

The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:

  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for up to £2,000 in funding.
  • Applicants that are registered with OSCR / Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for up to £10,000 (or £5,000 in Wales) in funding.


Extended Description

The People's Postcode Trust Grant is provided and administered by the People's Postcode Trust and is for voluntary organisations active in Scotland, Wales and specified areas of England. The scheme is particularly keen to fund the following:

  • The prevention of poverty, sickness or distress.
  • The promotion and advancement of health.
  • The advancement of participation in sports.
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development.
  • The promotion and improvement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation.
  • The promotion or advancement of environmental protection or improvement.

Latest Information

2012 funding round dates are as follows:

  • Open: 9 January 2012; Close: 24 February 2012.
  • Open: 9 April 2012; Close: 25 May 2012.
  • Open: 9 July 2012; Close: 24 August 2012.
  • Open: 8 October 2012; Close: 9 November 2012.

Applications in England are only accepted from the following areas at the following times:

  • The North (includes North East, North West, and Yorkshire and Humber) – first and second funding rounds.
  • The Midlands (includes East Midlands and West Midlands) – third and fourth funding rounds.

Applications for projects below £2,000 in Scotland are assessed on a monthly basis and can be submitted at any time.

Key Criteria

Eligible applicants are small organisations, registered charities and community groups based in Scotland, England or Wales.

Applicants from England must be based in one of the following regions:

  • Yorkshire and the Humber.
  • North East England.
  • Liverpool and Merseyside.
  • The Midlands.

Eligible Expenditure

All projects should provide assistance in one or more of the Trust’s following fields of operation:

  • To prevent poverty
  • To promote, maintain, improve and advance health.
  • To advance citizenship or community development.
  • To advance public participation in sport.
  • To promote, improve and advance human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation.
  • To promote and advance environmental protection or improvement.

Priority will be given to projects that are creative, far reaching and will leave a long-term impact once they are completed.

Examples of eligible project costs could include the following:

  • Purchase of sports kit or uniform.
  • New equipment.
  • Creation of community gardens.

Applications for building renovations, must have an ecological impact, or demonstrate a wider impact on the organisation (such as enabling new and vital services to take place).

Requests for project staff and sessional salaries can be up to 50% of the total amount applied for. Requests for other overheads such as utility bills, rent, admin costs can be up to 20% of the total amount applied for. Marketing costs are eligible for funding as long as they are no more than 10% of the total amount requested.

Match Funding Restrictions

Projects for which funding by the People’s Postcode Trust acts as seed money to attract more funding from other donors are given preferential treatment.


The People’s Postcode Trust does not provide support for the following:

  • Applications which will not bring a direct benefit to Scotland or England or Wales.
  • Charities with no regional presence or other representation in Scotland or England or Wales.
  • Individuals who are not a constituted organisation.
  • Organisations that are directly funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery more than £40,000 per annum.
  • Applications for funding under £500 and over £10,000 (or over £5,000 if in Wales).
  • Applications where the funding amount requested is less than 10% of the overall project cost.
  • Charities that appear to have excessive unrestricted or free reserves.
  • General marketing appeals (including website development) or sponsorship.
  • Events such as conferences, day trips, seminars, galas, festivals or activity weekends.
  • Very short-term projects.
  • Training or educational workshops that do not result in a tangible outcome for participants.
  • Bodies seeking to distribute grants/funds to others.
  • Medical research, advice and equipment.
  • Building renovations that are purely for cosmetic purposes.
  • Projects that cannot be maintained due to high ongoing costs or the need for long-term specialist skills.
  • End of life or palliative care, including hospices.
  • Political parties or activities.
  • City councils, local authorities or government/statutory bodies.
  • Projects or activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide.
  • Private clubs for those with restricted memberships, or organisations that charge rates that will exclude disadvantaged groups.
  • Promotion of religion.
  • Feasibility studies or research.
  • Applications from state schools or PTA groups.
  • Organisations that have previously been funded by People’s Postcode Trust and that did not comply with all the funding requirements in full.

The Trust will not fund items that are unreasonably or excessively priced, for example top of the range IT, photography or musical equipment. Applicants must, therefore, provide evidence with their application that they have:

  • Researched into the possibility of purchasing a second-hand version of the item(s).
  • Looked into better value of the item(s) required (for example a lower model specification).
  • Attempted to secure a charity rate with any external expertise being resourced to carry out some or all of the project.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust’s website.

All funding decisions are made by an independent Board of Trustees.

Applicants wishing to discuss their project proposals should contact People’s Postcode Trust’s management team.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Management Team
People's Postcode Trust
Suite G4
14 Links Place
0131 555 7287

For more information, please visit Funding Central.