Monday, 19 October 2015

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust makes grants to charitable organisations involved in projects supporting the interests of the Trust, and also to individual students who are undertaking a gap year or studying for a PhD.
Charitable organisations can be situated either in the UK or overseas but must be registered as a charity with the UK Charity Commission and will principally be educational bodies or aid organisations involved in projects supporting educational and development initiatives, including the promotion of world peace and development.
All grants made by the Trust are project based and must have an educational aim, element or content.
In general the Trustees will not consider applications for core funding or the construction of buildings in the UK. Overseas, however, the Trustees will consider funding aid projects e.g. water treatment, food and medical supplies or the provision of basic facilities that are the pre-requisite of an educational or development initiative.
There are no minimum or maximum grant awards. In the year ending 31 December 2014 the Trust awarded grants totalling£3,241,635.
The deadlines for each type of grant are:
• Applications by organisations for small to medium grants (up to a maximum of £50,000) may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a regular basis.
• Applications for larger grants will be considered at biannual meetings held in March and October each year and should be submitted at the very latest in February or September.
• Applications for either a gap year or PhD grant should be made as soon as possible, either before the beginning of the proposed gap year or at least three months before the start of the final year of PhD course. Grants are awarded for project costs or tuition fees. 
Grants to charities are on a matched funding basis only so that if the applicant has raised 50% of their budget the Trustees will consider awarding matched funding up to a maximum of 50%.
However, if the applicant has raised less than 50% of their budget the Trustees will only consider awarding a maximum of 30% funding.
Evidence of actively seeking funds from other sources is seen by the Trustees as being a beneficial addition to any application.
No repeat applications will be considered within three years of the conclusion of the grant term.
For individual students, the Trust considers applications from two categories of students:
• Those considering embarking on a gap year may be awarded a grant of £300 towards expenses. No more than 165 grants will be made each year on a first come, first served basis.
• Postgraduate PhD students may be awarded a grant to help meet tuition costs, but only in respect of the last year of the course.  
The following exclusions apply for students:
• Students undertaking a postgraduate diploma/certificate.
• Students undertaking a masters degree (such as an MA, MSc, MBA, LLM, MEd, Mphil, Mres).
• Students that have previously received a grant from the Trust.
The Trust prefers, where possible, that applicants complete and submit the online application form available to download from itswebsite and return it by email.
The Trust will not accept any attachments with the application form and it must not exceed three pages.
Contact details for the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust are:
Mr James Tee
The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
High Street
Bishops Stortford
Herts CM23 2LU
Tel: 01279 755200  

(Source: GRIN)

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