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RCVF - Grant Giving Policy 

1. Purpose 

1.1 The trustees of the Rebecca Cannon Vitality Fund (RCVF) makes grants from its fund to support charitable activities in accordance with the charitable purposes and objectives of the charity:

  • To advance the education, skills and well-being of young people from educationally, economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate commitment to improve their employability or aspire to attend university

  • To prevent young people from becoming ’socially excluded’ from society as a result of being  from a socially and economically deprived community, in particular those facing homelessness, by assisting them to gain confidence, integrate into society and raise aspirations

  • To promote equality and diversity by advancing education and raising awareness in equality and diversity

  1. 2 The trustees have appointed a sub-committee to carry out due diligence to ensure the distribution of beneficial grants is in accordance with the charity’s charitable purposes   

 2. Priorities for support

The number of grants to be given by RCVF is limited to the amount of funds available for distribution in any year


3. Grant-making principles and criteria

  • Grants available up to £2000 in any 12 month period for organisations 

  • Grants available up to £500 for individuals aged 13 to 24 

  • Individuals must be referred by a professional agency supporting the individual

  • Grants to be considered at quarterly meetings held in January/April/July & October

  • Grants can contribute to either capital costs or support ongoing running costs

  • Grants usually only awarded to Surrey based initiatives

  • Grant only to be used as outlined in grant application; in situations where that purpose does not proceed or where any grant or part thereof remains unused, it must be returned

  • The RCVF will willingly work in partnership with other organisations to fund initiatives beyond the financial  scope of a single organisation 

4. Exclusions

The trustees reserve the right not to approve any request if they determine that the resulting grant would not be charitable, or would conflict with the RCVF’s stated charitable purposes


5. Grant application process

Applications for grants in accordance with this policy are made using the online application form on the charity’s website


6. Information requirements before awarding a grant 

In order for the sub-committee to carry out sufficient due diligence the application should:

For Organisations: To be completed by the person responsible for the management of the grant, including a summary of their organisation including their accounts; purpose of the application; how the application satisfies the criteria of the RCVF including how the grant will be used and the project budget 

For Individuals: To be completed by the referee for the individual, including details of the referee’s professional role and organisation; details of the individual; the purpose of the application; how the application satisfies the criteria of the RCVF including how the grant will be used


7. Assessment process

7.1  All applications will be subject to an initial assessment to ensure they meet the criteria for funding and applicants may be required to provide additional information to assist with the decision making progress

7.2  Sub-Committee will advise applicant within 2 weeks of the quarterly meeting or 2 weeks after receiving additional necessary information needed to consider application

7.3  Sub-Committee will not be obliged to provide an explanation to an unsuccessful applicant 

7.4  Applicants should be made aware that even if the application fits within the criteria  of the charity, there may be not be the available funds to support all the applications received

8. Monitoring

8.1 Grants awarded will be monitored and progress reports will be agreed with applicant before grant is confirmed

8.2 Grants payable in instalments will be dependent on receiving satisfactory progress

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