Frequently Asked Questions
Who does the Foundation support?
In accordance with the aims of the Foundation, which can be viewed here, the Governors may award grants to individuals resident in the City of Sheffield in need of financial assistance relating to educational needs, and to charitable organisations working to meet those needs.
The reference in the Foundation's name to 'grammar school' is historic – there is no current link to grammar schools in general or to any school in particular.
Who does the Foundation not support?
The Foundation does not award grants to individuals resident outside of Sheffield or for non-educational purposes.
I am a student and my permanent residence is in Sheffield/my parents or guardians live in Sheffield, but I am studying elsewhere. May I apply for a grant?
Yes, if your main residence is in Sheffield, but you are studying elsewhere temporarily or during term time, you may apply to the Foundation.
We are an organisation, but we are not a registered charity. Can we apply?
Yes, if the activity you are asking for help with is charitable and falls within the aims of the Foundation, but you will be required to explain why you are not a registered charity.
How often does the Foundation meet?
The Governors of the Foundation meet four times a year, normally in March, June, September and December.
Can I/we apply for a grant in between the quarterly meeting dates?
You may submit your application at any time, but please be aware that your application will only be considered at the next meeting of the Foundation. It will not be looked at before then.
What is the usual amount of grant awarded?
This is dependent on the Foundation's finances and what you are applying for help with. In the past grants have ranged from £50 up to £5,000.
I/we have received a grant in the past. How soon can I/we apply again for funding?
The Governors would not expect to receive a further application from an applicant for at least a year after a grant has been awarded.
I/we have applied in the past but the application was turned down. Can I/we apply again?
Yes, but please bear in mind that the Governors would not expect to receive a further application for at least a year. Sometimes, an application is declined because there is not enough information with it. If this is the case, the Governors will let you know, and might encourage you to reapply with more information.
When will I/we be notified of the outcome of my/our application?
Decisions are notified in writing approximately two weeks after the meeting date. No information about grant awards will be given before this, or over the phone.
How do I apply?
The application forms can be found here. Please read the form and the accompanying checklist thoroughly before submitting your application.
How do I improve my chances of receiving a grant?
Complete the application form in full providing as much information as possible, including costs, budgets and a reference.
If, once you have read this page and the checklist attached to the application form, you still have a question, please contact us.