MSE Charity charity fund

How to apply to the MSE Charity

Grants are available for constituted groups/charities looking to develop projects.
"All grants are given at the discretion of the Trustees”.

Applications can be partially completed and resumed at a later point but you must copy your unique resume URL out before exiting. It is displayed at the top of each of the application pages:



When to Apply




         FROM THE 1st  - 31st  MAY 2016  

            or until 40  completed applications have been received


Eligible Organisations

As the Trust's resources are modest, the trustees prefer to fund small to medium-sized charities with an annual income of less than £500,000 where small grants can have more impact.

Before we can give you funding, you will need to become a 'constituted group'. This roughly means an organisation with its own bank account and rules to make it accountable.

Don't worry, if needed we can put you in touch with people who'll help you do this (contact

We have a two year rule for re-application. A new application can be submitted two years from the date of a funding agreement where we have previously awarded a grant. If an application was unsuccessful you can reapply two years from the date of the original application.

10% of any funding grant will be retained until the monitoring form has been completed and returned at the end of the project.

You can download a copy of the questions asked in the application process here. You should read these notes before completing  the application form. The guidance notes can be accessed at any time but please remember that we only accept electronic applications submitted during the next 'open' period and any other delivery methods will not be considered.


The 'Grant Approval Panel' meets three times a year to discuss application rounds. The closing date for each round will be announced on this website and in the free weekly email.

You can apply using our electronic application form hereIf you start an application and are unable to submit it due to a technical fault please email

The MSE Charity will only consider the first 40 submitted applications in each round that meet the criteria.. Please note that downloading a form with its own unique reference number is not sufficient, it must be completed and submitted in order to be considered.

The next GAP meeting is on 12th November 2015

Applications for special consideration by the Trustees.

The Trustees want to encourage all activities and ideas that will promote the charity's educational aims. They recognise that there will be some schemes that don’t fit the previous categories, or require additional expenditure. Such projects must be of national significance and the benefits must be widespread or cascade out to other worthy causes.

If you have something you consider to be special you will still need to apply on line but then write directly to the Operations Manager (, who will bring it to the attention of the Trustees.




What type of Projects?

The MSE Charity supports personal financial literacy. Projects such as self-help groups and other innovative projects that will help educate people about money/debt/consumer issues. So whether you're a charity, or a group with a good idea, let us know and we'll see what can be done to help.

Anything that fits our charity's remit; whether it's a project to teach squaddies about money before they leave the army, or support young people to be financially independent - it'll be considered. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. However you will need to adhere to the following criteria, which is what we will use to assess your application: 


  • Projects must assist people to improve their quality of life through knowledge and understanding of how to manage and take control of their own financial situation. They must include an element of education/improving financial literacy. applications only providing debt advice/management will not be considered.
  • Applicants need to demonstrate that they have researched and assessed the need for the project.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the project will make a significant difference to the beneficiaries so the OUTPUTS and OUTCOMES must be SMART (specific, measurable,achievable, relevant, timely) as well as deliverable within budget and sustainable.
  • It is helpful if applicants can show if and how the project will provide additional outcomes that will benefit their wider communities.
  • It will be necessary for groups to demonstrate that their designated trainer(s) have the skills, ability and experience to deliver the project.
  • The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation’s core funding. We will not normally fund capital equipment such as laptops, projectors or other electronic devices.
  • Projects must provide value for money .
  • Projects should seek to provide long term solutions rather than short one off short term fixes.
  • For funding towards existing projects with a proven success record, consideration will only be given to those that can demonstrate that funding will be used to extend the project beyond its existing boundaries in terms of the scope of project, deliverables, number of beneficiaries and/or time frame.

What happens after I apply?

After a provisional check that your application meets the requirements of the charity and it's correctly filled in, it will be put to the 'Grant Approval Panel (GAP)' whose job it is to distribute the funds. We hope to make a decision within six weeks of the deadline, and will inform all applicants of the outcome after that.
Once your project is completed we require you to fill in a Project Completion Report. You will be sent this via email but you can also download a copy of it here.

Got any questions?

If you have any queries about the application process then contact the Operations Manager:


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