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 401 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:
OUR GRANT 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
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
Activity promoting religious or political views
Activity that uses animals for entertainment purposes
POSTCODES BY REGION
Find out which regional grant pot funds projects in your area
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BN, CT, GU, HP, ME, OX, PO, RG, RH, SL, SO and TN
BR, CR, DA, E, EC, EN, HA, IG, KT, N, W, RM, SE, SM, SW, TW, UB, W, WC and WD
AL, CB, CM, CO, IP, LU, MK, NN, NR, PE, SG and SS
DE, DN, LE, LN, NG and S
B, CV, DY, ST, TF, WR, WS and WV
HR, LD, NP and SY
CF, LL and SA
BB, BL, CA, CH, CW, FY, L, LA, M, OL, PR, SK, WA and WN
BD, HD, HG, HU, HX, LS, WF and YO
DH, DL, NE, SR and TS
DD, EH, FK, KY, PH and TD
DG, G, IM, KA and ML
HS, IV, KW, PA and ZE
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
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.