Information for grant applicants
General information for applicants, including timetable and decision-making, is below. For specific guidance on our different open funding programmes, including eligibility and how to apply, please see the Grant Programmes page of this website. If you experience any difficulties in completing the application process for any of our Grants Programmes please contact the Grants team.
The Rothschild Foundation offers two funding rounds annually: a spring round and an autumn round. The key dates are below (note that where a date falls on a weekend or bank holiday, the deadline will be the next working day).
|Date||Local and Community Grants||Impact Grants|
|January||15th January – EOI submission deadline (submit via link provided by Grants Manager)|
|February||1st February – Applications open (submit via website)||1st February – Response to EOI|
|March||15th March – Application deadline||15th March – Full application deadline|
|April||Project site visits/ meetings||Project site visits/ meetings|
|May||Rothschild Foundation Grants Committee meeting||Rothschild Foundation Grants Committee meeting|
|June||Rothschild Foundation Trustee meeting||Rothschild Foundation Trustee meeting|
|July||Funding decision announced||Funding decision announced|
|Month||Local and Community Grants||N.B. No Impact Grants in Autumn round|
|July||1st July – Applications open (submit via website)|
|August||15th August – Application deadline|
|September||Project site visits / meetings|
|October||Rothschild Foundation Grants Committee meeting|
|November||Rothschild Foundation Trustee meeting|
|December||Funding decision announced|
How your application is assessed
The Rothschild Foundation has a formal structure to determine its grant making.
All applications are initially received by the Grants Team who will undertake an initial assessment. Part of this will, wherever possible, involve a visit to your organisation or a meeting in order to gain a fuller understanding of your work. There will be cases where this is not necessary, for example in the case of very small local projects or organisations where we have already conducted a recent visit.
The Grants Team then report to the Grants Committee, who will consider applications and make recommendations to our Board of Trustees. Funding decisions are made by the full Board of Trustees.