Grants for Good
Making a positive difference to communities, people & the environment
Grants for Good is our first fund that invites charities, community interest companies and social entrepreneurs to apply to us directly for funding
What is the Grants for Good Fund?
Every three months, we’ll share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.
Since 2011, the Matthew Good Foundation has empowered employees of the John Good Group to support many good causes in the UK and around the world by nominating good causes for funding. However, in 2021, our tenth year, we wanted to extend our impact and allow small charities, community projects and social entrepreneurs to come straight to us.
To stay true to our ethos of donating funds to causes close to the hearts of our members, every three months, five shortlisted projects will be voted for by John Good Group employees. These five charities will all receive a share of £10,000 – the more votes a cause receives, the bigger the donation. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 and fourth and fifth place will both receive £1,000.
Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Funding will be awarded every three months, in April, July, October and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before. Eg. for the April round, applications will close on the 15th March.
Who can apply?
Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment and has an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.
We want to make it easy for very small charities or new community interest companies to apply, so organisations/groups do not need to be a registered charity, however, you will need to have a bank account in your organisation’s/project’s name such as a community bank account. We are not able to provide funding to personal bank accounts.
How to apply
We don’t want small charities to be intimidated by lengthy forms to complete – so we’ve kept the online application form straightforward. We’ll need your contact details, a brief outline of the organisation’s work, and how you’ll use the funds. We’ll also need a reference from someone not involved in the project, but with enough knowledge of what you do to support your application.
If you have any problems applying using the online form, please email email@example.com.
Applications on behalf of individuals will not be accepted. Only one application every three months will be accepted, however, unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted for future rounds.
Organisations will be notified of any decision via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve answered our most frequently asked questions below, but if you can’t find the information you need, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
How will you assess my application?
Once you submit your application, it will be assessed by our team. The team will look to understand from your application if it meets our requirements and demonstrates the positive impact it will have on communities, people or the environment. All grant applications are made subject to a review of the organisation’s/project’s reputation and activities, and we may be in touch if we require further information to assess your application.
If your application is shortlisted we’ll be in touch to let you know the good news.
Details of all the finalists will be shared with John Good Group employees who will show their support by voting for them online.
Once the vote is confirmed, we’ll be in touch to tell you how much funding your organisation/group will receive. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 12 weeks.
Will I need to provide a report to the Foundation on how the grant was used?
If successful, all we ask is that you provide feedback to us to let us know how the grant made a difference to your cause so that we can understand our impact and share your story to help raise awareness of your charity/project. This can be in the form of a video, photos or short stories to show how the grant has benefitted your project and its beneficiaries.
What types of causes are not eligible for a grant?
- Activities that promote political or religious beliefs.
- Sponsorship/fundraising events.
- Applications for sports clubs or sponsorship.
- Applications from organisations that have an income of over £50,000 in the last 12 months.