12th November - 3pm UK Time
3 weeks after application is received
5 weeks after application is received
The Immediate Impact Grant responds to the needs expressed by local communities. These grants are for small-scale, short-term projects.
We award grants of between £300 and £2,000 for entrepreneurial individuals, voluntary/community organisations, schools/PTAs, clubs and societies in the UK. They can cover a wide range of projects aimed at creating positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities.
Examples of projects include (but are not limited to) improving community spaces, encouraging social cohesion through sport, art, community activities, or promoting education, the environment or health in the local community. Grants can also be used to test an idea through a pilot.
These grants are made to be available within short notice to ensure we can respond rapidly to unexpected events, urgent needs or just a great idea that cannot wait to be implemented!
They need to match at least one of the following criteria:
- Work led by communities who have /have had direct experience of the issues at hand.
- Projects defined and implemented by the communities they are serving.
- Projects in need of small amounts of additional funding to transform new ideas into successful initiatives.
Community heroes – if you, or someone you know, has played a pivotal role in a community response to the pandemic, or led efforts to make their community more inclusive, safe or welcoming.
Other things to note:
- At least part of the grant must be used within the first month of the fund transfer.
- These grants will only be awarded to individuals or organisations living or working in the communities mentioned in the application.
If you think of other projects that benefit your community, do not hesitate to reach out before applying.
Community: A community is a social unit (a group of living things) with commonality such as norms, religion, values, customs, or identity. Communities may share a sense of place situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighbourhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms.
**SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. WE ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING OUR FIRST ROUND OF APPLICATIONS. PLEASE KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR FURTHER FUNDING ROUNDS**
Please click the ‘Apply’ button to access our online application form.
We want to make our application process as accessible as possible. If you would like to submit a video or audio application then please email us a YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud link. You can send it to email@example.com. There are some details, including contact and financial information, that will still need to be submitted using our form. Please download the PDF form and email it to us along with your link and required supporting documents.
Guidelines for submitting via audio or video
Keep it to no more than 5 minutes and make sure you cover the following:
- Introduce your organization
- Give us a short summary of your project. Please include answers to the following questions:
- What groups are you targeting (if any)?
- Who will take part in your project? Will individuals with lived experience be involved?
- How did you identify the need?
- Why is it important to address the need now?
- How will you monitor and evaluate the success of your project? Please let us know if you require additional support with reporting.
- If you are applying on behalf of another organization, please confirm you will be responsible for the grant and reporting on use of funds.
As soon as we receive an application, we will review it and let you know very quickly. This is a process done internally within the foundation.
Here is the list of supporting documents that you will need to upload to your application (if applicable):
- Governing document ( may also be known as a constitution, trust deed or memorandum and articles of association)
Audited annual accounts
A recent bank statement (within the last 3 months)
Inclusion, diversity and inclusion policy
Names and addresses of management committee members (for registered but not constituted organisations)
What we fund
What you can use the funds for:
- Capital costs (such as building and land improvements)
Other core costs needed to support the project.
One time events if we understand their wider play in the project’s aim
What you cannot use the funds for:
Repayment of debt
Contribution to reserves
Religious events or advancement of one specific religion
Projects that are discriminatory in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, discriminating on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin.
Please note, The Isla Foundation does not exclusively support, and will not be affiliated with, any specific political party in their capacity as a grant-giving body.
Who can apply
We accept applications from any individual or organisation with an annual income of less than £4M.
Eligible organisations fall into the following categories:
- Individuals –We will require some references in the form from people who are/will be directly involved in the project. This could be someone from the local authority or another official representative from the community. For individuals, we suggest you send over the project outline to us and we can work together to identify who the best references would be.
- Micro organisations/community groups – Less than £10,000. We understand that small, community groups may not have all the required documentation so we encourage you to apply with a larger organisation who can be responsible for holding the grant. However, if this is not possible, we will still consider your application but we will require a 3 month bank statement and social media handles.
- Small-sized organisations – between £10,000-£100,000.
- Medium-sized organisations – £100,000-£1M.
- Large organisations – £1M-£4M.
Location – need to work and use the funds in the UK
*User-led organisations are considered to be those “where the people the organisation represents, or provides a service to, have a majority on the management committee or board, and where there is clear accountability to members and/or service users.”(Morris, 2006)
Still have questions? Have a look through our FAQs.
If you still have questions after looking through our website, feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As your questions may be useful to other applicants, we will update our FAQ to reflect your question (anonymously) and our answer.
Q1. Can we send more than one application?
A1. Sadly we will only accept one application per organisation even if you are part of a wider consortium on one application and alone for a separate one.
Q2. What is a user led organisation?
A2. “A user-led organisation is one where the people the organisation represents, or provides a service to, have a majority on the management committee or board, and where there is clear accountability to members and/or service users.”(Morris, 2006)
Q3. We have applied to the Isla Foundation for funding before and been rejected, can we re-apply?
A3. You can re-apply as each application can differ and our focuses shift from one year to the next. However, if we have specifically stated that you were not eligible, please write to us before submitting a new application.
Q4. We are a new organisation with no bank account, can we still apply?
A4. Yes, of course – we all need to start somewhere! The best would be via a larger organisation who will hold the grant OR if you provide evidence of your work with supporting documents.
Q5. We are a new organisation with a bank account but do not have annual accounts, can we still apply?
A5. Yes! The answer to question 4 applies here as well.
Q6. We are a host organisation applying on behalf of another organisation, can we still apply ourselves?
A6. Yes! Please just indicate this on the form.
Q7. We are interested in a partnership with the Isla foundation and do not require funds, do we still need to fill out the application form?
A7. No! Please send us an email instead at email@example.com. We are always looking for new and exciting partnerships.
Q8. How do I know my organisation type?
A8. Please refer to the below organisation types:
- Charitable incorporated organisation – A registered charity which is not registered with companies house.
- Not-for-profit company – Company registered with companies house, limited by guarantee. May also be registered as a charity.
- Unregistered voluntary or community organisation – Not a registered company or charity but holds a governing document.
- Registered charity (unincorporated) – Registered charity that is community or volunteer led and not registered with companies house.
- Community interest company – Registered with companies house and with the CIC (Community Interest Company) regulator.
Q9. We need help filling out the form, who can I contact?
A9. Please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can!
Q10. Can I start my application and come back to it?
A10. Yes! We know that it often can take a few days and require input from various people, so we’ve made sure to have a ‘save and continue’ function.
Q11. How long does it take to hear whether our application has been successful?
A11. We aim to get back to you within 2 weeks of the application being submitted.
Q12. Can I still apply for a grant if I am a charity with an annual income above £10M?
A12. We will be prioritising grassroots organisations with annual incomes below £10M. However, if you are part of a consortium of organisations then we will consider the application providing at least 1 of the partner organisations are within our income guidelines (less than £10M). The smaller organisation/s would need to play an integral role in implementing the project and directly benefit from any funding support awarded.
Q13. What level of reporting do you expect?
A13. While reporting on use of funds is a requirement, we don’t want it to be a barrier to application and we are flexible in how this is done. We understand not everything can be measured in numbers. If quantitive results cannot be provided then there are other ways you can report on your project. Examples of what we accept includes (but is not limited to): written reports, spreadsheets, videos, articles, press coverage, campaign results and client testimonials. We are keen to learn from our grantees so we’d also love to hear about your different approaches, what worked and what didn’t work. Results don’t mean success; learning from you and sharing lessons learned will benefit the sector as a whole. If you need additional support with reporting then reach out to us at email@example.com.
Q14. Do you fund religious organisations?
A14. We can fund religious organisations as long as the project benefits a broad selection of the wider community (it is not limited to their own religious group) and does not contain any religious content. Please note that we may ask for you to provide evidence that activities are secular.
Q15. Do you provide multi-year funding?
A15. No. We are currently only offering one-off grants and cannot commit to funding over several years.
Q16. I have submitted last year’s audited accounts as our most recent ones are still in the process of being finalised. Is this sufficient or do you need our most recent accounts?
A.16 We completely understand that some documents might not be ready in time for the deadline. However, we will need the latest accounts in the event that your project is selected.
Q17. If we are awarded a grant, when do we need to spend the funds by?
A17. The grant period will be 2021 for most expenses however, if some of the remaining budget has not been used by 31st December 2021, they may be used up until April 30th 2022.
Q18. Your website says it accepts applications from any organisations addressing homelessness, but then specifies restrictions on income and governance. Can you clarify whether organisations need to have a minimum annual income of over £75,000?
A18. You do not have to have a minimum income of over £75,000. The information on the website is there to clarify the different sorts of organisations we accept applications from (i.e. none with an annual income above £10M).
Q19. Do organisations need to have a majority of beneficiaries on the board?
A19. Our priority will be selecting grantees that are user-led as we think it is really important to include the clients/service users in management decisions. However, we are accepting all organisations tackling the issue of homelessness and will be assessing the applications on a case-by-case basis.
Q20. Do you request two business references in your application process or two professional references from the person who is applying on behalf of an organisation or charity?
A20. We are looking for two professional references.
Q21. I am looking to apply as an individual for your Immediate Impact Grant to help do a community project. Where do I stand in regards to providing the required supporting documentation and accounts as an individual I don’t have these?
A21. We will require some references in the form from people who are/will be directly involved in the project. This could be someone from the local authority or another official representative from the community. For individuals, we suggest you send over the project outline to us and we can work together to identify who the best references would be.
Q22. On your website you mention wanting to “fund projects that create narratives that..”. Does my project need to meet all of the criteria listed below?
A22. No, these are just here for guidance. We will be prioritising applications that meet at least one of these criteria, but we will still consider your application even if it does not. We want to remain open to all sorts of different projects.
Q23. We want to apply for funding for staff costs. Do you have expectations around the employment status of staff? I.e. do they need to be on payroll or will you fund staff costs for self-employed workers?
A23. We understand that many smaller organisations will have staff who are self-employed so we will still fund this. We will require evidence that the funds have gone directly to staff working for the organisation who have received the funds.
Q24. Does our project have to be COVID related?
A24. No. While we know that COVID has affected communities in unprecedented ways, we are also offering funding for projects that have not been designed in response to the pandemic. The immediate Impact Grants are suitable for quick response projects, many of which will be COVID-related.
Q25. If we apply for funding and you decide that the amount requested is too high, would you offer reduced funding or disregard the application?
A25. We will assess each application on a case-by-case basis. We may offer you funding that is lower than what you requested in the application.
Q26. We sit under an organisation whose income is above your eligible income threshold, can we still apply?
A26. Yes you can still apply as long as any funds awarded are directly funnelled to the smaller, eligible organisation. We will require evidence of this as well as the documents for both entities. There are multiple ways for a structure to be set-up and linked to a larger one so if you have any doubt write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q27. I am an inidividual working on a homelessness project. I would like to apply for a Tipping Point grant but I do not have the required documentation – can I still apply?
A27. For the larger Tipping Point grants we will require references as well as documentation for our due diligence. If you would like to apply as an individual then you can apply using a host organisation. In this case, a larger organisation would apply on your behalf and hold the grant for you. Due diligence would be done using their documents but the project would need to be designed and implemented by you, the individual. You will be responsible for providing project details, outlining costs and activities and reporting on use of funds. The host organisation will not be able to use any of the funds awarded. If you have further questions reach out to us at email@example.com.
Q28. If I apply using a host organisation who will be holding the grant for me, can they still apply for a separate grant?
A28. The host organisation may apply for a separate grant providing they: 1) meet our criteria 2) are not involved in the design add implementation of the project where they are a host 3) agree they will not use any funds if the application where they are host is successful and will not be mentioned in any press coverage that will mention the project they hosted as beyond the administrative support they are not involved in its success.
Q29. What kind of non-financial support could you offer?
A29. Depending on your project, we can have a think together on what we can offer. As defined on the values page of the website, we aim to support our partners as much as possible. Awarding grants, helping measure a project’s impact and providing access to a network. We are committed to providing tools that can help connect, facilitate or implement an idea. For example, we can facilitate networking opportunities with other organisations that work in the same field or tackle the same issue through a different angle. We are also keen to support with creative campaigning or lobbying the government on a specific issue.