Frequently Asked Questions
-How do I make an application?
-What makes a good application?
-How long will it be until I hear back?
-What will happen if my application is successful?
-What will happen if my application is unsuccessful?
-My application was unsuccessful – what do I do now?
How do I make an application?
For charities / organisations:
Please write a letter including:
- What your charity does
- How much money you are applying for
- What you are applying for
- Details / leaflets / financial documents etc regarding current or past projects
Please write a letter including:
- Information about you
- What you are applying for and how much that will cost.
- Referee(s) connected to what you are applying for, that can confirm your application is legitimate
Then please send to this address:
Nichol Young Foundation,
PO Box 4757,
What makes a good application?
A good application will have all the things listed in the ‘How do I make an application’ section of the FAQ. You will also need to adhere to all essential bid criteria, as well as ideally one or two of the preferential bid criteria.
Apart from this though, your application will be fine as long as it is honest and you feel it represents yourself well. We don’t mind if your application isn’t perfect and professional, we are more interested in your story and what you are applying for.
How long will it be until I hear back?
Applications are reviewed as soon as possible after they are received, however, we will endeavour to review all applications on a quarterly basis. Successful applicants will, therefore, be informed by the end of the month following the quarter the application is made in. So, for example, if your application was received in January you may not hear from us until the end of April, however, if you application was received in March you would still hear from us in April if successful. Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive we do not generally reply to unsuccessful bids. If you have a deadline that you need a response back before, please include that in your letter.
What will happen if my application is successful?
If your application is successful, you will receive a letter back informing you of that fact and then detailing the next steps. In some cases, we may be able to send a cheque back with that initial letter, however if purchasing specific equipment, we may need to contact your further for information.
What will happen if my application is unsuccessful?
Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive we do not generally reply to unsuccessful bids. If you do not hear from us by the end of the month following the quarter your application was made in then you should assume your application was unsuccessful. You are welcome to reapply, however we ask that you wait at least a year after your first application.
My application was unsuccessful - what do I do now?
We recognise that this can be a very disappointing thing. However, we would like to emphasise the number of other great funding bodies available to individuals and small charities. The Charity Commission website provides a great overview, as does the Big Lottery Fund UK. A quick google search may find the perfect funding body for your venture. You are also welcome to reapply to the Nichol-Young Foundation, however we ask that you wait at least one year after your first application.