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Apply for a grant

We only accept applications via our online application portal. 

You will need to register for an account, which will allow you to return to and edit your application at any stage before submission.

Apply for a Rapid Response Grant NOW by clicking one of the links below.

The people and projects we will fund are:

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Community Garden

Socially or economically underprivileged children or young people

Mental health charities and initiatives

Charitable or community projects, local to one of Focus Group’s regional offices in the UK

Grant criteria

  • The charity or community group must support one of the three core pillars

  • Charitable or community-based projects should be located close to one of the Focus Group offices. Offices are situated in Turo, Exeter, Portsmouth, Shoreham, Basingstoke, Bristol, Merthyr Tydfil, Witney, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Birmingham, Manchester, Derby, Carlisle, Melrose, Glasgow and Inverness.

  • The charity or community group needs to have an annual income of less than £2m

  • The grant should be for a tangible project with clear and measurable benefits


When do we hold our Grant Committee meetings?

Dates vary, but typically they are mid-February, mid-July, and the end of September.

Do we close the portal for incoming grant applications?

Yes, we may close the portal to assess incoming applications or if our funding is low.

What is the average grant amount?

Most grants range from £2,000 to £8,000.

If successful, how soon after will I be informed and receive the grant?

We aim to inform you and issue the paperwork and funds within 4 weeks of the Grant Committee meeting.

Can I reapply for a grant? If so, when?

Yes, you can reapply once your current project has ended, usually after one year.

Does the Focus Foundation have an application deadline for its online application portal?

No, but we typically stop assessing new applications 4 weeks before a Grant Committee meeting.

What are some ways we can collaborate with the foundation?

As part of our mission we pride ourselves on building relationships with the charities we work with and are always looking for ways to support and assist them. Please do let us know about volunteer opportunities or events. We may also be able to introduce you to other charities to collaborate and strengthen the output of our grant. 

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