OUR PLAN

 

What is the ambition of The 401 Foundation?

Over the next 10 years we plan to build a sustainable charity model that will allow us to hand out £1.5 million in grants annually to projects and individuals benefiting their communities all around the UK.  We will aim to support approximately 750 local community projects through grants of between £100 and £3000.

 

ABOUT OUR GRANTS

 

HOW ARE OUR GRANTS MANAGED?

We are a national charity with a local approach.  Meaning, the money we receive will be reinvested in the same region from which it came from.  Therefore, availability of grants is dependent on the amount that has been raised within each region. To check out Grant Availability please refer to our interactive map below.


With our unique, bespoke grant operating system and innovative way of managing donations, we keep it local.   We’ve split the UK into 16 regions, based solely on postcode areas.  Each region then has its own grant pot and all donations are tracked by postcode and allocated back to the specific regional pot from where they come.   This means the money goes back into the area not a wider pot.

The split between operational budget and grants is currently 50/50.  Our aim is to take this to a 85/15 split toward grant pots by 2025.  We also aim to change our regional pots to county pots by 2025.

WHERE DOES OUR MONEY COME FROM?

The grants are currently funded through donations from our supporters, there are however other ways in which we currently generate income for our grants.  The donations come in from various places including:

  • Businesses

  • Individuals

  • Fundraising Events

  • Collection Tins

 

OUR CRITERIA

 


We aim to keep our grant criteria very flexible to allow us to fund as wide a range of projects as possible. If you feel your project or yourself fits our criteria, check out our Regional Map below to see if there is funding in your area before you apply.

WHAT WE FUND





Small grassroots community projects and individuals that can demonstrate they build confidence and self-esteem, to improve mental health and self-development in their local communities.

WHAT WE DON'T FUND

  • Large Organisations

  • Work that does not have a direct benefit in the UK

  • Activity that only benefits a single individual or the recipient of the grant

  • Work that should be supported via statutory funding or activity, e.g. social or health care

  • Academic research

  • Activity promoting religious or political views

  • Activity that uses animals for entertainment purposes

 

OUR GRANT POTS

 

With 16 regional grant pots spanning the entire UK, check out what is available by hovering over each region.

 

GRANT POT POSTCODES

 

Find out which regional grant pot funds projects in your area

REGION 1

BA, BH, BS, DT, EX, GL, GY, JE, PL, SN, SP, TA, TQ and TR

REGION 2

BN, CT, GU, HP, ME, OX, PO, RG, RH, SL, SO and TN

REGION 3

BR, CR, DA, E, EC, EN, HA, IG, KT, N, W, RM, SE, SM, SW, TW, UB, W, WC and WD

REGION 4

AL, CB, CM, CO, IP, LU, MK, NN, NR, PE, SG and SS

REGION 5

DE, DN, LE, LN, NG and S

REGION 6

B, CV, DY, ST, TF, WR, WS and WV

REGION 7

HR, LD, NP and SY

REGION 8

CF, LL and SA

REGION 9

BB, BL, CA, CH, CW, FY, L, LA, M, OL, PR, SK, WA and WN

REGION 10

BD, HD, HG, HU, HX, LS, WF and YO

REGION 11

DH, DL, NE, SR and TS

REGION 12

DD, EH, FK, KY, PH and TD

REGION 13

DG, G, IM, KA and ML

REGION 14

AB only

REGION 15

HS, IV, KW, PA and ZE

REGION 16

BT only

 

HELP WITH APPLYING FOR OUR GRANTS

 


APPLYING SHOUDN'T BE DIFFICULT

Applying for a grant can be daunting and confusing, so we've tried to set out our priorities and to show how we make our decision. We give you some helpful hints and tips for applying, and most importantly, we've made our application form as simple as we can.

THE 401 FOUNDATION'S PRIORITIES

The Foundation will consider grant applications for a range of projects meeting the criteria set out above and in line with our charitable objects. We will particularly prioritise.

  • Projects where other funding is not readily available

  • Grass roots projects for small local issues 

  • Groups where resources make it difficult to apply for other grants 

  • Anti bullying projects 

  • Projects addressing confidence and self esteem

  • Projects addressing general mental health issues 

  • Projects which will optimise benefits for the funds available 

HOW WE MAKE OUR DECISIONS

Applications are assessed by a sub-panel of the Board of Trustees that includes the Chief Executive or Chair of the Board, and two other Trustees. 


The initial criteria to be applied is whether there are sufficient funds for the application in the funding pot for the region in which the activity will take place.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer grants in regions where insufficient funds have been raised. 


If sufficient funds are available, the application will be assessed on:

  • The extent to which it meets the 401 Foundation’s priorities

  • Evidence of need

  • Expected impact

  • Anticipated outcomes

  • Confidence of the Panel in your ability to successfully manage the grant, based on your assessment of the risks involved and previous track record.


We aim to make a decision and respond to all applications within one month. We may require further information from you in order to make a decision.


Unsuccessful applicants will receive feedback on their application, but all decisions are final – there is no process for appeal.   However, you can reapply at any time if you feel you are able to adequately address the Panel’s feedback.

 

TOP 3
HELPFUL HINTS AND TIPS FOR APPLYING

Make sure the application is fact based, with figures and evidence that support your claims if appropriate. We aren't after war and peace, just a structured plan that makes sense.

Ask someone who doesn’t know the project or your organisation to read the application before you submit it - if they can understand what you are proposing, it should be easy for the Panel to understand the proposal.

Please write in clear simple English - avoid jargon and spell out any acronyms the first time they are used.

 

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A registered charity in England and Wales (1175605), along with a registered company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (10688031).

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