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Annual Grants Programme

Thank you for your interest in the ScottishPower Foundation.

THE APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED

Applications for the 2024 round of funding are now closed.


Criteria 

Over the last ten years, the ScottishPower Foundation has awarded over £12m to charitable initatives throughout the UK; including 213 grants for a wide range of projects. During that time, the Foundation has refined its strategic approach in order to be more responsive to the external environment and has grown its reputation as a responsible and flexible funder. 

We are delighted that so many charitable organisations share in our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable groups in the communities we serve. As we launch the 2024 round of funding, we recognise that collectively as a society we are facing increasingly more difficult and complex issues. To this end, we have chosen to further focus our call for applications to reflect these current issues and ensure that our funding is reaching those most impacted.

In order to be considered, your application must address at least one of the following specific objectives which have been set for the 2024 round of funding to support our overarching strategic aims:

foundation_icon_01Education, Training and Research

Specific Objectives

STEM: Inspiring young people to pursue qualifications and a career in STEM in order to contribute to energy sustainability.
Raising aspirations: Addressing society’s educational needs by inspiring and challenging the next generation through innovation.

Foundation IconBiodiversity and Climate Change

Specific Objectives

Environmental protection or improvement: Protecting and enhancing the environment
Habitat conservation: Contributing to the protection and conservation of habitats and enhancing biodiversity
Knowledge and research: Developing new solutions to the challenge of climate change

foundation_icon_03Art and Culture

Specific Objectives

Restoration, development & conservation: Protecting and safeguarding artistic and cultural heritage
Cultural initiatives: Celebrating diversity and cultural identity through the arts

foundation_icon_05Social Initiatives

Specific Objectives

Economic security: Alleviating poverty, including in-work poverty, caused by the cost-of-living crisis
Economic opportunity: Supporting entrepreneurship and skills development for the most vulnerable groups

Applications for funding for building work/land development are not eligible in the categories of Education, Training and Research or Social Initiatives.

In addition to addressing at least one of the above specific objectives, all of the following statements must apply to your organisation:

  • You have an active board of at least three unrelated trustees
  • You have been registered with one of the UK Charity Regulators for at least one full year. We don’t accept applications from exempt charities
  • You have at least one year of published accounts covering a 12-month operating period that show as received on the relevant charity regulator website
  • Your income in the last set of published accounts was greater than £75,000 but does not exceed £10,000,000
  • The bank account into which the funding is to be made is not based in a restricted country (i.e. tax haven, high corruption risk or sanctioned country)

For the full set of criteria please consult the eligibility form as outlined below.


How to apply

1. Eligibility form

The eligibility form clearly sets out the criteria for this round of funding and will allow you to determine whether your organisation is eligible to apply. You must confirm that you meet the criteria in order to progress to the application form.

To access an offline version of the form, click here.

2. Application form

Once you have successfully passed the eligibility stage, you will receive an email with a link to the application form. You can save the progress of your application as you go along and can revisit it at any point up until you click 'submit’. 

What supporting documentation is required?

  • Your Articles of Association
  • Your most recently published annual accounts covering a 12-month operating period, that show as received on the relevant Charity Regulator website.  Your income shown in these accounts should be greater than £75,000 but should not exceed £10,000,000.
  • Your written policy on Safeguarding (if your organisation works with children or vulnerable adults). Please note that we are examining your policy in our capacity as a funder only and not in any advisory capacity. Our review of your policy should not be relied on as an endorsement of it.
  • A letter from your CEO or the Chair of your Board of Trustees confirming that your Safeguarding policy has been reviewed by your Board of Trustees within the last two years.
  • Evidence of planning and/or all necessary consents (if you are applying in the categories of Art and Culture or Biodiversity and Climate Change, and your project includes any building work or land development that requires consent). 

For more information, please consult the FAQ section. If you are unable to find an answer to your query, contact the SPF team at scottishpowerfoundation@scottishpower.com.

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