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ScottishPower Foundation Applying for Funding

Applications now open

We are now accepting applications for a share of our 2021 funding pot. For the current round of funding we are inviting applications ranging from £35,000 to £200,000. All applications should be made online and submitted by 1pm on Thursday 24th September 2020.

Unfortunately, applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

How to apply

The application process consists of two parts. Please take time to read through all of the information on this page before beginning the process.

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.

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 recent 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 £50,000
  • 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 your project includes any building work or land development that requires consent).

If there are any other documents that you feel are relevant to your application (for example a business plan, feasibility study or evaluation) please do not upload them at the time of applying – you can refer to them in your application and we may ask for a copy at a later stage.

Next Steps

Screening and diligence checks

We will screen all applications to ensure eligibility and completion. We will also carry out diligence checks using the information you have provided and may contact you if we require further information.

Board of Trustees

Applications that pass the screening process will be presented to our Trustees for consideration. Following the Board meeting, all applicants will be advised whether they have been either a) shortlisted or b) unsuccessful.  Please note that - due to the high volume of applications that we receive - we are unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Formal offers of funding

Once the Foundation’s budget for 2021 is confirmed in early January, all shortlisted applicants will be advised if they have been either a) successful or b) unsuccessful. 

Should your application be successful, a formal offer of funding will be made.  It is a condition of funding that your organisation enters into a Funding Agreement with the ScottishPower Foundation. The Agreement sets out the standard terms and conditions as well as any specific conditions relating to your grant, the obligations in relation to GDPR and your key milestones and deliverables.  No funding will be provided until the Agreement has been signed by both parties.

Welcome meeting

Should your application be successful, a representative from your organisation will be required to attend a Welcome Meeting in January.  Ordinarily this takes place at the ScottishPower Foundation’s office in Glasgow however, in light of current world events, it may be held virtually.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet the team and understand our expectations as a funder, and you’ll also have the chance to meet with the other organisations that the Foundation intends to support during the year.  

Please click on the following link to access the eligibility form.

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