How do we apply?
FAQs about making an application
Can we discuss our project before applying?
We welcome the chance to discuss your plans and can help at any stage of your project planning or application – please contact the NCF Team on 01603 623958 or email email@example.com, or book one of our monthly one to one catch up slots through Eventbrite.
What happens after we submit an application?
An initial check for completeness and eligibility will be carried out and you will be contacted to provide any missing documents or information – please forward any additional information quickly as incomplete applications may not be accepted.
The NCF team will review your application and prepare a summary of the information you provide, ready to be presented to the decision making panel for your chosen fund. Panels are typically made up of the donor/ fundholder who has made the funding available through NCF, so each fund has a different panel. Panel decisions are final.
How quickly will we get a decision?
Most of our funds will have a published deadline, and we expect to be able to notify you of the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of that date.
For rolling programmes where deadlines do not apply, applications can be made at any time while the fund is open. Please note, the guidance for each fund will tell you when to expect a decision – some will consider applications as they are received, others will make decisions at set intervals in the year.
What if my application is unsuccessful?
Unsuccessful applicants will also be contacted in writing to confirm the decision – this is usually sent by email. Wherever possible we will aim to share some helpful feedback from the decision making panel. You are welcome to contact the grant team to discuss your funding options.
In some circumstances we may be able to present your application to a further panel for consideration – we will let you know if this is the case.
How will I know if my application has been successful
Successful applicants will receive notification of a Grant Offer in writing, along with a Funding Agreement document – this is usually sent by email. At the time of applying, you will have been asked to accept NCF’s Standard Terms & Conditions of funding – your grant offer will remind you of these, and clearly state any other terms and conditions that we need you to agree to before we can release your grant.
To accept the grant offer and release your grant payment, you will need to sign and return the Funding Agreement, keeping a copy for your own records.
If you are unsure what is needed to fulfil any conditions applied to your grant offer, please contact the NCF Team on 01603 623958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
How will our grant be paid?
In most cases, we will pay your grant by BACS, using the bank details for your organisation that were provided with your application, and evidenced by a copy of a recent bank statement.
In most cases grants are paid in full upfront, to enable you to begin your funded work without delay. If the grant will be paid in instalments, the payment schedule will be made clear in your grant offer, along with any requirements which need to be met before the next payment can be released.
You will receive an email remittance confirming when a BACS payment has been made. You do not need to reply to this email or provide a receipt, but it is your responsibility to ensure the payment has been received into your group’s account correctly. You must notify us if the payment does not show in your group’s account within 3 working days, or the amount received is not as expected.
Grant payments from Norfolk Community Foundation will appear with the reference NCFGRANTPAYMENT. If you have any queries about your grant payment, please contact the finance team at Norfolk Community Foundation on 01603 623958 or email email@example.com.