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Answers to frequently asked questions about the programme:

Is my organisation eligible for a grant?

You can apply for a grant if your organisation is constituted and has a governing document.

(Please note that businesses and ‘for profit’ organisations are not eligible.)

The types of organisations that can apply include:

  • Voluntary/community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Health bodies
  • Parish/Town councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Community councils
  • Local authorities and housing organisations
  • Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible

If you are a national organisation, please see here

Can I apply if I am a national organisation or part of a national organisation?

The programme’s overarching aim is to fund projects local to One Stop stores that benefit their customers. We can only accept applications from each organisation once every 12 months.

If you have local branches or offices that have their own separate bank accounts, they will be able to apply every 12 months. If you operate as one single organisation, we suggest that you build your relationships with local organisations to encourage them to apply to the programme for projects that meet your objectives.

The types of organisations that can apply include:

  • Voluntary/community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Health bodies
  • Parish/Town councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Community councils
  • Local authorities and housing organisations
  • Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible
Is my project eligible for a grant?

The types of project we fund is very broad and can cover the direct costs you will need to deliver your project, this could be buying litter pickers and bags for a community cleanup day, plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group or the materials needed to paint a room at the local hospice.

Please note, your project must be within 2 miles of a One Stop store.

What can’t be funded by Carriers for Causes?

Some examples of what can’t be funded through the programme:

 

  • Projects which aren’t within 2 miles of a One Stop
  • Work that has already taken place
  • Political donations
  • Fundraising activities or challenges (e.g. costs for a sky dive, etc.)
  • Running costs and organisation overheads
  • Conferences or seminars
  • Activities which collect funds for redistribution to other charities or individuals
  • Overseas appeals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel
What is the deadline for applications?

Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, where community groups or charities can apply for funding all year round. Applicants will generally know the outcome of their application within 20 weeks of applying.

Will my project need planning permission / permission from the landowner?

If any aspect of your project involves a change to an outdoor space or activities taking place outdoors you will need to complete our Project Consent Form. This needs to be completed by the Landowner - or by yourself - with the Landowners signature to confirm you have consent and will comply with relevant planning rules and building regulations. We suggest you speak to the Landowner before you are ready to complete your application form to us.

If planning permission is required, you will need to provide us with evidence that this has been approved when you submit your application form.  The landowner will be responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations and may need to apply for planning permission if the project will change the use of the site or include any building or installation of structures.


Find your Local Planning Authority (England and Wales)

Government Guidance (Scotland)

Government guidance (England and Wales)

How do you define two miles from a One Stop store

This is defined as two miles from a One Stop store as the crow flies. You can do a rough check on this using the store locator on the One Stop website.

Can I apply again?

If your original application was not successful

Yes. You may submit a new application for an eligible project at any time. 

If you received funding

Yes. You can apply for Carriers for Causes funding again, however, you must wait 12 months from the date of your grant offer letter before you do and your project must be complete. 

Do I need to send supporting information with my application?

It is not mandatory that you send supporting information. However, if your project involves a change to an outdoor space or activities taking place outdoors you will need to complete our Project Consent Form, completed by the Landowner or by yourself.  Please ensure you have the relevant landowner permission in place and send the template form back. 

How do I sign my application?

Please note, we do not need a physical signature on the online application. By typing in your name, this counts as a signature.

Do I need to have match funding for my project?

No, this is not a requirement of the programme and there is no limit on the total cost of the project. However, please note that grants from Carriers for Causes are usually around the £1,000 mark so if your project will cost more than this, you will need to seek the funding from alternative sources.

On the application form my budget won’t submit

Please ensure you are using numbers only in this field. Please do not use the symbols in this field such as £ , . as it will not let you submit 

On the application form I can’t enter a submit date

Please click on the calendar rather than trying to enter the date in the date field.

I'm having problems entering beneficiary numbers on the application form

Please ensure that this is one number eg rather than ‘500-600 people’ please enter the number ‘550. This field will only accept numbers.

What costs are not eligible for Carriers for Causes?

Whilst the programme is flexible in terms of what it will pay for, we cannot pay for the following:

  • Purchase of land
  • Projects that are more than two miles away from a One Stop store*
  • Work that has already taken place
  • Political donations
  • Fundraising activities or challenges eg costs for a sky dive
  • Running costs and organisational overheads
  • Delegate costs for conferences or seminars
  • Overseas appeals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel

*Please see the other FAQ about projects outside of two miles

What if my project is further than 2 miles from a One Stop store?

One Stop will only fund projects within 2 miles of a One Stop store. If your project is not within 2 miles of a one Stop store your application would be deemed ineligible.

What is the difference between direct and indirect costs?

Direct Costs

These costs are for the physical improvement of your site. We call these direct costs and in the main they tend to be capital expenditure although may include revenue such as volunteer supervision or labour to carry out the work. You can find some examples in the table below.


Indirect Costs

These are costs that help you to deliver your project and we call these indirect costs. These costs tend to be revenue and you can also find some examples in the table below.

Direct Costs Indirect Costs
Playground equipment
Hospital equipment
Constructing pathways
Plants and trees
Fencing
Building raised beds
Seating
Preliminary works
Landscaping works
Hire of machinery or tools
Supervising volunteers
Storage shed
Project evaluation
Website set up
Promotional activity
Volunteer training
Volunteer expenses
Management
Celebratory launch
Marquee/room hire
Photocopying/printing
Insurance
Filming equipment
Telephone calls
Postage
What is irrecoverable VAT?

You may need to pay VAT on purchases made as part of your project and we can pay for this within our grant. Make sure you check whether VAT needs to be included when you develop your budget. The amount you request should only include VAT where you do not intend to or cannot recover at a later date. If you later find that VAT claimed under the grant becomes recoverable, you must repay this amount to us.

More information on the HMRC website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/vat-enquiries