Nuffield Foundation Open Door Grant Programme


Status

Status:Open to applications
Application Deadline: 6 July 2018

Description

Financial assistance to UK projects of exceptional merit which do not fall under one of the areas of special interest funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but which are based on the idea of the advancement of social well-being, or which span more than one area of interest. Grants are mainly for research but are also made for practical developments or innovation.

Details

Maximum Value:£ 150,000
Minimum Value:£ 5,000
Minimum Employees:2


Value Notes

Grants range in size from £5,000 to £150,000.  The Foundation also considers larger grants but makes only a few each year.


Extended Description

The Open Door Grant programme is aimed at offering financial assistance to projects of exceptional merit which do not fall under one of the areas of special interest (but which are based on the idea of the advancement of social well-being), or which span more than one area of interest, as listed by the Nuffield Foundation.

Grants are mainly for research but are also made for practical developments or innovation.

Projects should meet the following criteria:

  • Be innovative.
  • Aim to have an impact beyond its immediate beneficiaries and should be more than local or regional interest.
  • Preference is given to projects that will have outcomes which will be of interest and use to policy makers.
  • Include follow-up plans to assess the success of the project and whether the desired impacts were achieved.

Latest Information

The deadline dates for 2018 are as follows:

November 2018 meeting

  • Outline applications - Education and Welfare (Justice outlines will not be accepted in this round): 16 March 2018
  • Outline applicants informed of decision: By end of May 2018
  • Full applications: 6 July 2018

Key Criteria

Non-profit organisations and other charitable groups based in the UK are eligible for funding under this scheme.

All applicants for funding must demonstrate that proposals are suited to the Foundation's requirements and could not be considered for funding from other sources such as other government bodies, or other more appropriate charities.


Eligible Expenditure

Projects focused on the following subjects are eligible for funding:

  • Poverty.
  • Disadvantage.
  • Social welfare.
  • Disability.

Work covering more than one of these subjects is also of interest to the Foundation.

Eligible costs include travel, consultancy fees, essential equipment and office expenses.


Restrictions

The following will not be considered for funding by the Foundation:

  • Animal rights or welfare.
  • The Arts.
  • Conservation, heritage or environmental projects.
  • Housing.
  • Medical research.
  • Museums.
  • Religion.
  • Sports and recreation.
  • Running costs or continuing provision of a service.
  • Capital or building costs.
  • Funding of or attendance at conferences.
  • Establishment of Chairs or any other permanent academic posts.
  • School fees, university courses or gap year projects.
  • Projects that could be considered by a government department, Research Council or more appropriate charity.
  • Personal appeals for financial help.
  • Individuals.

Grants are not made for the following purposes, except when the activity is part of a project that is otherwise acceptable:

  • Work for degrees or other qualifications.
  • Organisation of conferences or seminars.
  • Production of films, videos or television programmes.
  • Purchase of equipment, including computers.

Under the Law in Society theme, replacement of core funding of existing services (such as law centres) will not be considered.


Application Process      

An outline proposal of no more than three sides of A4 must be submitted to the Foundation for consideration by the Trustees who will decide whether the project is suitable for a full application.

Outlines should describe:

  • The issue or problem you wish to address.
  • The expected outcome(s).
  • How the aims will be achieved.
  • (For research projects) an outline of the methods involved.
  • An outline of the budget and timeline for the project.

Full applications should not exceed 10 sides of A4 and should cover the following areas:

  • Background to the project.
  • Outcomes.
  • Methods.
  • Ethical aspects.
  • Evaluation.
  • Communicating outcomes.

Contact the Nuffield Foundation for further information.


Address & Contacts :

Application forms may be available to download on the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Alexandra Cornish
The Nuffield Foundation
28 Bedford Square
London
WC1B 3JS
Email:acornish@nuffieldfoundation.org