When you choose to ‘save and resume later’, a link will appear on the page and be emailed to you, which will enable you to return to the application form. You must do this within 30 days or the application form will be lost. We are not able to access incomplete or lost application forms, and so we advise saving the answers to your questions, and any attachments, locally as well.
Attachments will not be saved between sessions, and so should be attached in your final session, before you submit your application.
We only require the information requested, and additional supplementary information may be requested at a later stage if needed. However, if you wish to submit anything additional and see it as necessary in order to understand your work, then you can email this to us directly.
This may be due to either the format of the file, or the size. If you have any difficulties submitting large files, then contact us directly as we can arrange for you to email these if necessary.
Unless flexibility is stated within the guidelines for the priority area, an application is unlikely to be successful when your turnover is outside the given range.
Open programme grants can only be made to charities registered in the UK with either the Charity Commission (England and Wales), OSCR (Scotland) or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
We tend to fund organisations which can demonstrate a track record, with at least a year’s audited/ examined accounts, therefore we usually only fund well established organisations. Exceptions may be made for organisations already known to ABCT for example as the former project of a different organisation which is a registered charity. You will need to provide sufficient information on your own financial position, demonstrate your financial history in your former structure, and provide information on your track record and achievements.
We mean charities that may be registered separately from the national or international charity that bears the same name, but which exist in many locations, such as Citizens Advice. While we recognise that there is excellent work being carried out, we cannot normally fund such charities as we do not have the capacity to fund applications from every local organisation that may apply. The only time when we may make an exception is where a local organisation is stepping outside of the normal remit in order to fill a gap locally.
We recognise that structures can look very different, and sometimes a local project forms a part of a larger charity. While you may be able to apply, you still have to meet the eligibility criteria and so the parent charity must be eligible (e.g. within the turnover guidelines). The project should form a significant strand of the organisation’s work, and so it should be substantial, well run and have a turnover of more than £150,000.
Applications are most likely to be successful where activities for and with migrants, refugees or people seeking asylum form a significant strand of the organisation work and activities are directly targeted towards these individuals rather than just including them within a broader client group.
The same applies to our justice system and penal reform priority.
Applicants are most likely to be successful when their sole focus is the priority area, although we accept applications where it forms a significant strand of work and the organisation can show they are best placed to deliver the work.
During assessment, we will look at financial health and assessing appropriate reserves levels will play a part in this. There is an opportunity in the financial section of the application form to add extra detail and so if you think your level of reserves may raise questions then do add context here. We may also get in contact during the assessment process to discuss this in more depth.
We define specialist legal advice as relating to the resolution of a legal problem where the advice is tailored to the individual’s circumstances. This would normally include end-to-end casework (where you take action on behalf of the client to move the case on) through to representation. It would not normally include one-off interventions, unless your organisation is a particular expert in an area of law.
The provision of advice regulated by OISC (at Levels 2 or 3), the SRA, BSB or CILEX (through an employed solicitor, barrister or Chartered Legal Executive with a current practising certificate), or their Scottish/Northern Ireland equivalent, or delivered via a legal aid contract will automatically be treated as being specialist advice.
ABCT is looking to fund organisations where most of their work falls within our priority areas. Therefore, your application is most likely to be successful if your work routinely involves delivering specialist legal advice (usually casework) through to representation level, or if you are the expert in a specialist area of law. If this is a smaller proportion of your total work then your application is less likely to be successful, even if you apply for a project. Please include information in your application about the percentage of your work that can accurately be described as specialist legal advice.
ABCT has limited funds and each application has to compete with the other applications that come in at any particular time. There is no way of telling in advance what those applications are likely to be, nor how closely they will match the interests of the Trust. Any organisation may apply if they believe their work fits the criteria and guidelines published on the website.
If your work fits within AB Charitable Trust’s priorities, then applying for a project rather than core costs will not improve your chances. ABCT understands organisations need core/ unrestricted funding and is happy to provide it. Please don’t create a project for the sake of this application, but feel free to put forward a project if this would be preferable for your organisation at the current time.
The amount requested on your application will not affect the Directors’ decision on making a grant to your charity. The Directors have given amounts both larger and smaller than those requested by applicants. It is for you to decide how much you want to apply for, in light of your work and what you want ABCT to fund. Please note that within our open programme, grants are generally between £10,000 and £20,000.
We will only award one open programme grant at any one time. If the grant your organisation holds is under another of our programmes, then you may be eligible and should speak directly to staff at the Trust.
We ask you to choose one priority to apply under, which feels the most appropriate. This will not affect your chances of success.
We try to visit partner organisations when we can, although this is more likely once you are holding a grant. We rarely visit as part of assessment and view visits to organisations as a good learning opportunity for ABCT.
If your application is declined, then you can send in a new application for consideration 12 months following your application date.
Yes. Your letter will outline a broad reason for rejection, however if you would like to have a conversation then please contact the ABCT office to arrange a telephone call.
Our Directors meet quarterly. We aim for all applicants to receive a letter to confirm the decision in approximately 3 months after the application deadline they have applied for.
There is no required fallow period and you can reapply towards the end of your current grant. You can apply for the deadline 12 months after the last deadline you applied to.