How to apply

1. Initial enquiry

We are a relatively small charitable trust and can only make a few new grants each year. Most of the initiatives we fund come to us through our existing networks. However, we always welcome enquiries from high quality applicants whose work is in line with the Trust’s objectives.

If you would like to approach us for funding, please read all the information in the grants section carefully.

If you are satisfied that your proposal meets our criteria and focus areas, please send a short email of up to four paragraphs only with no attachments to the George Pope, Grants Manager at  We will not open any attachments due to the risk of viruses. Your email should include:

  1. Name and brief description of your organisation, its charity / registration number, annual income and website details
  2. An outline of your proposal
  3. The amount of funding you are seeking
  4. How you heard about the Joffe Trust

We aim to reply to enquiries within 6 weeks. If we believe that it is worth your time and effort, we will invite you to submit a full application.

2. Full application

This step is only for applicants who have been invited to submit a full application. Initial enquiries must be made as above.

A full application should include:

  1. A proposal, up to 6 pages long (shorter is fine) covering:
    • A one line summary of the amount, length and purpose of the grant you are applying for
    • An introduction to the initiative for which you are seeking funding
    • Goal and objectives
    • Key activities and expected results, for each year of the grant
    • The main stakeholders who will have to be involved to achieve success, and what their roles will be
    • Management arrangements
    • If your organisation is not a registered charity, how the work furthers charitable purposes for public benefit
    • Summary of your approach to diversity, equity and inclusion (including actions you are taking, as well as policies)
    • Summary of your approach to safeguarding, as relevant
  2. A budget giving the overall cost of the work you are seeking funding for, details of other funding available, and your proposed allocation of a Joffe Trust grant
  3. CVs of your CEO and key operational managers
  4. Latest audited accounts and annual report

We may ask for more information to clarify specific issues, or arrange to phone or meet you in order to discuss your application further.

Shortlisted applications will be submitted to the board of Trustees at the next available Trustees’ meeting. Three meetings are held each year. Applicants may be asked to make a presentation to the Trustees in person.