What will the foundation support?
The Charitable Foundation supports registered charities with donations to enable specific tangible items or activities to be purchased rather than donating to general funds.
The foundation requests that the items are to be used directly by beneficiaries and anticipate that the charity becomes the owner of that equipment, responsible for the on-going upkeep and maintenance.
The following list provides some examples of activities likely to fall within our main areas of focus:
- Sensory toys and equipment for children with special needs
- Items to care for isolated and/or vulnerable elderly people
- Support of specially adapted equipment to be used by people with physical / mental / communication disabilities
- Apparatus for children with special needs
- Items or tangible social activities for Community Centres providing a benefit to many in the local community
- Provision of tangible and social interaction activities for the vulnerable and/or isolated.
What won't the foundation support?
Although all applications will be considered carefully, there may be projects or activities that could be regarded as registered charities, but which do not fall within the Charitable Foundation's priorities or meet other criteria.
The following are (non-exhaustive) examples of projects or activities which the Charitable Foundation considers do not fall within its priority or other criteria and which it would not therefore intend to support.
- Applications for general on-going funding, running costs, research, sponsorship, payment of salaries or expenses
- Requests for any administration equipment such as telephones, security systems or computers, for a charity's own use
- Causes serving only a specific sector of the community selected on the basis of ethnic, racial, political or religious grounds/advancement
- Overseas travel, expeditions or educational expenses, including causes that would otherwise qualify for support but require funds for activities outside the UK
- Support of activities in, or equipment for mainstream schools, sports clubs, scouts/guides groups, local/government funded bodies
How long do I have to wait for a decision?
The Trustees usually meet quarterly in March, June, September and December. Following the meeting we will write to you and let you know whether or not your application has been successful.
You only donate to registered charities, what does this mean?
The Charitable Foundation only supports charities registered with the Charity Commission with at least one year of published accounts covering a 12 month period.
Can I email my application?
We are not UK based, can we apply?
The Foundation will only consider donations to registered charities based in the UK.
We are a new charity and don't have any accounts yet. Can we still apply?
The Charitable Foundation only supports charities with at least one year of published accounts covering a 12 month period.
Do you have to have an account with Skipton Building Society?
No. The Charitable Foundation was established by Skipton Building Society and is funded by an annual donation from the Society, but makes its decisions independently.
Are applications limited?
The Charitable Foundation's support is limited to beneficiaries within the UK. Following a successfully application, a charity must wait 2 years before re-applying. If an application was unsuccessful there is no time limit for reapplication.
How much can I apply for?
Charities that apply to the Foundation will be considered for donations up to £10,000, but donations do not normally exceed £5,000.
The Charitable Foundation's emphasis is on smaller amounts to ensure as many good causes as possible throughout the UK are supported.
When considering requests for donations we may need to ask for additional information from the applicant or from third parties to substantiate the application (e.g. copy invoices/proof of price and/or purchase, references and evidence as to how our support has benefited recipients)
Will the foundation make donations to general fundraising appeals?
No. However, the foundation may consider applications for specific items as part of a wider appeal.