We will be considering new grants and grant renewals in May/June 2019.  All new grant applications should be with us by 30 April 2019.  In order to ensure a level playing field, we do not meet charities before receiving their applications so your written submission should be self-explanatory.

The application form can be found here.  You do not have to use our form but please make sure you address all the fields in that form.  Please also keep applications brief.

Once we have received the applications, we follow the following process:

  • All applications are read.  If they meet our criteria, they are included in the long list for consideration at our grant meeting; if not, we notify the applicant that they will not be considered.  To save our time and your time, please read this website carefully to see if your work genuinely meets our criteria.
  • The qualifying applications are then summarised for the board.  At this stage, you may be contacted for further information or clarification.  You should not read anything into such contact.
  • We then meet and rank the applications based on how closely they meet our criteria.  Following this meeting, those at the bottom of this ranking are informed that the application has been unsuccessful.
  • We then meet with applicants at the top of the ranking – this is to explore the application in more detail and to meet the management teams.  We generally meet 4 – 5 charities at this stage.  Occasionally we inform some further applicants that we may come back to them later depending on the outcome of this stage.
  • We then have a further board meeting to finalise who will receive grants, how much and how we will assess the grant.  At this meeting, we also consider second and third year grants for previous grantees, based on reports received from them.  We aim to finalise the grant process and make payment by 31 July each year.

The Progress Foundation is a grant-giving trust which focuses on:

  • Organisations working with young people, normally in the age range 14 – 21, though we will also look at projects helping younger children  or young people up to age 25
  • Organisations which help young people to become fully involved with society, particularly through education, assistance with finding work or involvement with social enterprise
  • Organisations working primarily within Greater London.

We give about £150,000 in programme grants in each year, with about £50,000 being new grants.  We do not give grants for more than 3 years or for more than £25,000 in any one year.  Most of our grants are in the £10,000 – £15,000 range.  We do not give grants to individuals. Occasionally we also give unrestricted grants to organisations with whom we have previously worked and who have a proven track record and management team.  We do not accept applications for this element of funding.

You can learn more about the sort of projects we support by looking at our case studies here. You can find out more about what we support and how to apply here.

Please read the guidance on this site and look at the case studies before making an application.

Please note that we do not consider applications which are sent to us by mail or outside the timetable set out on this website.  We do not give pre-guidance on whether you are likely to be successful; we encourage you to look at this website and our accounts for information on what we have supported in the past.

Charity number 1123219