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Contacting the team

Q: Can I arrange a phone call to discuss my grant application?

A: Regrettably, the Foundation team is not resourced to commit to telephone communication for application and funding enquiries. We hope most of the questions you may have will be answered in the FAQs. If your query goes unanswered, please contact the team via email at 


Q: My organisation is an exempt charity/is not registered with one of the three UK charity regulators- can we still apply?

A: To be eligible for funding your organisation must be registered with one of the charity regulators i.e. OSCR, Charity Commission (England and Wales) or Charity Commission (Northern Ireland). Charities must have been registered for at least 12 months prior to application and must be able to provide to provide one set of published accounts showing as received by the relevant charity regulator in support of their application.  

Q: Are schools and universities eligible to apply?

A: If your school or university has been registered with one of the three UK charity regulators for at least 12 months prior to application, and can provide one set of published accounts showing as received by the relevant charity regulator you will be eligible to apply.

Q: Our project is due to start at the end of the current year- are we eligible for retrospective funding?

A: No, projects applying for funding must start within the specified funding year i.e. projects applying for funding for the 2024 round must start between 1st March 2024 and 31st December 2024.

Q: Our project will only run for a few months- are we still eligible to apply?

A: Yes, projects must start between 1st March and 31st December 2024 and be completed within 12 months. There is no minimum requirement for project length though we do not fund short-term interventions like conferences, galas, hoildays or expeditions. Below is a list of work we don't fund.

  • Unrestricted costs (costs which can be used for anything without prior consent/agreement from the Foundation)
  • Funding that will be passed on to individuals or other organisations
  • Short term interventions including conferences, galas, holidays and expeditions
  • Sponsorship or funding towards an appeal
  • Projects that take place outside the United Kingdom
  • Medical care or medical research
  • The promotion of religious or political beliefs
  • Projects which are primarily based around animals, unless the main purpose of the project is aligned to one of our strategic aims
  • Projects which are primarily based around sports activities, unless the main purpose of the project is aligned to one of our strategic aims

Q: We are a charity whose primary focus is medical care/care for animals/sports but our project is focused on another aspect e.g. providing free holidays for respite or providing a befriending service- can we apply?

A: While medical care or research is not funded by the Foundation, you can still apply provided the outcomes of the project do not involve medical care or research and the project’s activities can be linked to at least one of the specific objectives. This also applies for charities focused on working through sports or with animals. Please note, applications for building work/land development are not eligible for funding in the categories of Education, Training and Research or Social Initiatives.

Q: Is there a lower limit to the income of organisations applying for grants?

A: Organisations must have an income of at least £75K as shown in the last set of published accounts.

Q. Is there an upper limit to the income of organisations applying for grants?

A. Organisations must have an income no more than £10m as shown in the last set of published accounts.

Q: We have previously received a grant award from the Foundation- can we apply again?

A: We will not fund the same project for more than three consecutive years. Organisations applying for funding for the same project beyond year 1 must demonstrate additionality in the application and show how the project has evolved.

About the application

Q: How much is the median grant and what sort of amount should we be asking for?

A: We accept applications for between £35K- £150K. The average grant for the last three years was £60K. Decisions to award a grant will be made based on the quality of delivery and perceived benefit for beneficiaries rather than amount requested.

Q: We aren’t ready to submit an application this time round- how many cycles do you have a year?

A: The ScottishPower Foundation typically invites applications for funding once per year, for projects that will begin in the following calendar year. We anticipate that our next funding round will go live in July 2024.

Q: We wish to apply for funding for a project that will have another funder/multiple funders - can we apply?

A: Yes- we do not require to be the sole funder of the project. There is the opportunity to provide information on the total cost of the project on the application form, and to indicate where the other funds are to come from.

Q: Are there any particular geographical areas of the UK you work in?

A: We support projects all over the UK (including Northern Ireland). There is no particular area of focus as long as you can demonstrate that your project addresses at least one specific objective. See our Applying for Funding page for more detail.

Q: Do you fund projects outside of the UK?

A: No- as per our criteria, projects must take place within the UK.

Q: Can I apply for funding for salaries?

A: Yes- please also note that there is no guarantee of repeat funding, so this should be taken into account.

We encourage our applicants to pay all of their employees the real Living Wage and require that any post directly funded from our grant is paid at no less than the current real Living Wage rate.

If you are applying for funding for salary costs, your application should factor in the associated indirect overheads as well as direct costs associated with the delivery of services.

Q: How do I decide which of the strategic aims/specific objectives to apply under?

A: In the application form we have listed the corresponding UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under each strategic aim to help you identify which aim best suits your application. In your main application form, you can highlight that there is a crossover but ultimately, we are looking for you to select which Specific objective most closely represents your project.

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 ensure that our funding is reaching those most impacted by these current issues. 

In order to be considered, your application must address at least one of the ScottishPower Foundation’s strategic aims and specific objectives as detailed on the Applying for Funding page.

Q: What kind of answer are you looking for with the sustainability question?

A: At the Foundation, we want to ensure that our funding will not only be invested in making a difference in the lives of your beneficiaries but will add value to your organisation and provide a springboard for leveraging future funds for development. In this question, we want to know what measures your organisation is taking to enable financial sustainability in the long-term by identifying or developing other funding streams.

Q: What kind of answer are you looking for in the environmental impact question?

A: The ScottishPower Foundation supports the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we have aligned our four strategic aims with what they are trying to achieve. As an overarching focus, we are also interested in how we can mitigate our environmental impact as a society and want to hear from you how your organisation considers this when designing and delivering programmes. Reducing travel, recycling, cutting use of fuel or reducing reliance on fossil fuels or changing supply to green energy are some examples we might expect to see in your application.

Supporting documents

Q: Will a letter from someone other than the Chair of the Board or the CEO suffice stating that our Safeguarding policy has been reviewed within the last two years?

A: No- as per recommendations from OSCR, a charity’s Board of Trustees should review the policy every two years and so we require evidence that this review has taken place from the Chair of the Board or your CEO.

A: Please contact the team at with details of your circumstances.


IT-related questions

Q: I’ve submitted my eligibility form but have yet to receive a link to the application form

A: The email containing the link to your application form can take up to 30 minutes to appear in your inbox. Please ensure to check your Junk/Spam/Other/Quarantine folders as the link to your application form may have gone into one of these folders. If you have checked all of these and have not received the email, please complete another eligibility form and a new email should be issued to you. Please note, each time you complete a new eligibility form, you will receive a link to a new unique application form. Please ensure that you always use the same link to access your form and remember to save your progress as you go along.

Q: I am unable to open the application link sent to me.

A: Try opening the link in a different internet browser and/or a different device and ensure that you allow pop-ups to be displayed. Please also try to copy and paste the link from the email into your search bar and remove the ‘’ from the address. If you are still having issues, please email a screenshot or photograph of what you see when you click on the link to us at and we will try and resolve this for you.

Q: Can I save my application as I go?

A: Yes- to save the form you must check the ‘Save my progress and resume later’ box at the top of the application and create a password. Each time you leave the form, you must check the box and enter your password or your progress will not be saved, however you should avoid saving the form too often as you are working on it as this can overload the system.