Eligibility & Guidelines


The Trust receives many more applications than it can fund each year.  Therefore, even if you meet all of our criteria, it is important to note there are no guarantees of receiving a grant. Applying for funding elsewhere will not prejudice an application.

If you would like to submit a grant application to the Trust, please read the What we do pages of this website very carefully and only apply if you are confident you meet all of the relevant criteria.

To be eligible to apply to the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, as a minimum you must:

1) Apply regarding a specific, innovative project for either a:

  • Main Grant (usually for salary costs up to circa £60,000, over a period of up to three years), or
  • Small Grant (for no more than £5,000 as a one-off grant).

2) Apply via a UK charitable organisation

The Trust is able to accept applications from CIC’s (Community Interest Companies) as long as their projects are to be delivered in a partnership with a UK charitable organisation. If your CIC is not also a UK registered charity, a Memorandum of Understanding between the partners would need to be submitted as part of the application, and any funding awarded by the Trust would need to be paid via the UK charitable organisation.

3) Meet the criteria for the theme (or themes) under which you are applying: Medical, Social, Religious (click relevant links for full details)

4) Meet the criteria listed on the What We Fund pages

5) Ensure you are not applying for items listed on the What We Don’t Fund pages

6) Be the Principle Investigator or Lead Person Responsible for the project’s delivery

The Trust requires your organisation to have a specific Safeguarding Policy that complies with your sector obligations and best practice regarding safeguarding.  We will ask you to demonstrate within the application how your policy will be reflected within your project plan.

A list of the upcoming Trust Board meetings and broad application timings are shown on the website’s homepage.  Please note the Trust does not have hard and fast deadlines for submissions of applications.  Meetings are ‘closed’ to submissions at the discretion of the Trust, and without prior warning, once the meeting capacity is reached.

We strongly encourage all prospective applicants to contact our Grants Manager via our Expression of Interest form to explore the suitability of a project and the best time to apply, before starting an application.  The Trust’s contact details can be found here.

Applications should be prepared by those who will be directly involved in the project rather than dedicated fundraisers or development officers.