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Frequently asked questions

Q. Who do you fund?
A. The Morgan Foundation specialises in supporting organisations helping children and families as well as the elderly, disabled and socially isolated. We will consider any work which has a positive effect on their welfare and quality of life, or which expands the opportunities and life choices for young people in this region. Please note that local branches of national charities which are based within the remit area, or programmes delivered locally by organisations working on a national basis, are not generally supported.

Q. Do you match fund?
A. We don't 'match fund' as such, but we are happy to consider applications which ask us to contribute to a project as one of a number of funders.

Q. If my application is unsuccessful can I apply again?
A. We suggest that unsuccessful applicants wait a year before reapplying – for example, if you were unsuccessful in 2012, we suggest you wait until 2014 to reapply. As with all applications, it's best to telephone us before submitting a further application so that we can be sure that this is eligible.

Q. How do I apply?
A. First, please ensure that your organisation/project is based within our geographic area and that it is not listed in our exclusions.
Before submitting an application please telephone for an informal chat to check that your proposed application falls in line with current policy. We will also forward you an application cover sheet and give you guidance as to what specific information we need to process your application. Our telephone number is 01829 782800.

Q. Will you come and visit us?
A. Yes, if your application is eligible then we will arrange to come and visit you to talk more about what you do and why you need extra funding. It's all very informal at this stage but you will need to have facts and figures to hand to help us complete your application.

Q. I don't have audited accounts does this matter?
A. Generally an organisation must have been in existence for a minimum of two years and be able to produce audited accounts for the same.

Q. How will my application be assessed?
A. Once we have assessed whether or not your application is eligible, we will arrange to visit you and feedback from this visit will be given to the Trustees. Trustee meetings are held regularly throughout the year and applications are considered in chronological order.

Q. Why can't I find an application form on your website?
A. Once you have contacted us by phone and it has been agreed that your application is appropriate, we will forward you an application cover sheet to enclose with the requested information, including a description of your organisation, its history, activities, volunteers, beneficiaries, achievements to date and current funding needs. Please enclose copies of most recent reports and accounts. If you have a project, describe its purpose, targets, budget and timescale.

Q. When are funding decisions made?
A. Trustee meetings are held regularly throughout the year and there are no specific dates for applications to be received. However, organisations should be aware that applications are considered in chronological order and it can take up to six months for the process to be completed.

Q. If I'm unsuccessful will I be told why?
A. Like most charitable foundations we receive many more applications than we can fund, so unfortunately we do have to turn down some projects even if they fall within our eligibility criteria. If you would like more feedback than we give, please write to us and we will do our best to oblige.

Q. What happens after I receive a grant?
A. We are committed to maximising the effectiveness of our funding, so all awards are monitored to assess their success in fulfilling the objectives of The Morgan Foundation to 'make a difference'.
The methods and requirements of this process will vary depending on the type and purpose of the funding and will be agreed in advance with the recipients. For example, in cases of core or project funding, we would require regular reports and updates and would visit the organisation periodically to maintain contact and ensure we were offering the best form of support.
Grant recipients are encouraged to develop suitable monitoring and reporting procedures in partnership with us, to enable clear results of their work to be demonstrated.

Q. How much money do you give away?
A. The Morgan Foundation has an expanded grant programme of over £1.5 million per year. This enables us to target our funds where they can be most effective in making a real difference to the lives of the people in this region.

Q. Will my application be acknowledged?
A. All applications will be acknowledged and we will contact you for any further information we require. All charities and projects will be visited before a grant is approved.

Q. Why do I have to phone you before I apply?
A. Applying for funding can be time consuming and we would hate for you to apply to The Morgan Foundation if your organisation, charity or project wasn't eligible. A quick chat with us can save us all lots of time, and if you are eligible to apply, you can go ahead with your application in the knowledge that it's not going to get turned down at the first stage.

Q. I'm not sure how much money we need – can I apply anyway?
A. It's important that you tell us in your application the full extent of the funding you really need to achieve your aims and objectives in order for us to assess how best we can contribute.

Q. We're out of the region you support – can we apply anyway?
A. Any applications out of the region we support won't be considered so please check carefully before you apply. The links page of this website gives information on other available funding, or if you are based in Wolverhampton, you can apply to Wolves Aid providing you meet their application criteria.

Q. Where can I get further information?
A. All the information you need about The Morgan Foundation should be contained within this website. We have tried to make applying for funding and finding information as simple as possible. However, if you do have a question that isn't answered here, please contact us at contact@morganfoundation.co.uk.