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FAQ

Q1. Why cant I download an application form?

Q2. How much can I apply for?

Q3. What should I do if I don't understand the guidelines?

Q4. Do you help with completing an application?

Q5. Are there deadlines for applications?

Q6. What should I include in my application?

Q7. How long will it take to assess my application?

Q8. Can I email my application?

Q9. My application was turned down. How soon can I apply again?.

Q10. Can you fund a project that is already running or does it have to be new work?.

Q11. You are funding our organisation already. Can we apply for another grant?

Q12. Can I apply for more than one year's funding?

Q13. We are not a registered charity; does this mean that we cannot apply for a grant?

Q14. Don't you know who I am?

 

Why cant I download an application form?

A1. We don't want you wasting your time putting together an application that is unlikely to succeed, so we like to check that your proposal is something our trustees might consider before sending an application pack.  You can e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a brief outline of your project or call JMF’s office in Merseyside on 0151 707 6077 or in Northern Ireland 028 2888 6161 (please leave a message) to request an application form.

 How much can I apply for?

A2. We would recommend applying for as much as your organisation needs from JMF. We don’t have a limit for the amount requested; however it may be useful to have a look at our What We Fund section or the grants list in our annual accounts to see examples of grants made in the last financial year.

 What should I do if I don't understand the guidelines?

A3. You are welcome to telephone JMF’s office in Merseyside on 0151 707 6077 or in Northern Ireland 028 2888 6161 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

 Do you help with completing an application?

A4. Although, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding applying for a grant from us, we do not offer help with completing applications.

 Are there deadlines for applications?

A5. Yes, there are 6 deadlines per year in Merseyside. The next deadline can be found on our website under the Latest News section. There are no deadlines in Northern Ireland. 

What should I include in my application? 

A6. We would like you to submit the following information, if available:

•    Details of Organisation Applying for a Grant form (signed by a board member)
•    written application of a maximum of 4 pages in a legible font size (e.g. Arial point 11), plus project budget (based on Q17 of the Guidance Notes p.2)
•    latest annual accounts
•    latest annual report
•    list of current members of management committee
•    equal opportunities policy
•    job description (when applying for wages)
•    signed grant conditions form

 How long will it take to assess my application?

A7. As a general rule you should allow 3-4 months in Merseyside and 5-6 months in NI for a decision to be made. JMF operates a two stage process and you will hear from us within one month from the deadline date when, if appropriate, you will be visited by a member of our staff.  You are welcome to phone or e-mail us anytime and ask for an update.

 Can I email my application?

A8. You can e-mail us your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., but we will still need a signed version of the application form (a signed copy is fine).

  My application was turned down. How soon can I apply again?.

A9. We would recommend not reapplying within 6 months, but it's worth speaking to us first to find out if there were any specific reasons for being turned down.

 Can you fund a project that is already running or does it have to be new work?.

A10. No, we support both new and existing projects.

 You are funding our organisation already. Can we apply for another grant?

A11. No. Groups can only have one running grant with JMF. However, you may be able to apply again few months before the end of your existing grant, as the decision process can take up to 4 months.

Can I apply for more than one year's funding?

A12. Yes, we accept requests for up to 3 years of funding when salaries or running costs are required.

We are not a registered charity; does this mean that we cannot apply for a grant?

A13. No, we do not require groups to be registered charities. If your group is not a registered charity, you may apply for funding as long as the work you do is charitable in law. The group must produce annual accounts (if over one year old), have a written set of rules and a bank account in the name of the groups which requires at least two signatories. Please make sure that your project falls within the criteria.

Don't you know who I am?

A14. Very possibly, but we still won't fund you, if you're a national organisation or have a very large income as we prefer to fund small, local groups.