As a general grant making trust, the trustees are interested in and support a diverse range of charities working within the following themes:

  • Community
    • Education
    • Health
    • Social welfare

The Trustees support capital projects only, not running costs. There is a preference to support projects related to the fabric of a building, rather than small, non-durable items subject to wear and tear such as furniture, appliances, musical instruments and tablets/laptops. Projects with a total budget of under £3,000 should not apply. In cases where grants are made, the projects are expected to be self-financing thereafter.
There are three levels of grant:

  • Small – £1,000 to £5,000
    • Medium – £5,001 to £24,999
    • Large – £25,000 or more

Applicants may suggest a preference for any level of grant, but this has no influence on the amount awarded. Grants are normally a small proportion of the project costs or funding shortfall and the majority of grants (roughly 80%) are ‘small’. Large grants are exceptional and are typically awarded to major capital projects. The Foundation will very rarely fund the full costs (or even 50%) of a project or shortfall as it expects to be one of many contributors to a project.
Grants are usually paid as single payments in a one year period but, if considered particularly beneficial to the project, they may be extended over three years.
How to apply: For more detailed information and how to apply, please visit the website at: www.bernardsunley.org.

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