Community Grants

If you are applying for a community grant:

  • You must be sponsored by your local CSEU district committee or region.
  • You must be applying for a community grants for between £500 to £10,000.
  • You must be a UK registered charity.
  • You must use our application form.
  • Your annual income must be between £25,000 and £2,000,000.

We have written out some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  We hope these will answer some of the most common questions.

Our community grants are running across ten regions the UK:

The Alex Ferry Foundation will pay particular regard to applications for Community Grants which are likely to benefit workers, former workers and their families in the UK shipbuilding, engineering and related manufacturing industries. The Foundation is interested in collaboration and joint working to achieve our charitable objectives.

The Foundation want to award community grants that are effective in:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities.
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
  • involving the local community in the design, development and delivery of the grant receiving planning. We feel that your project or activity will be more successful as a result.

Role of the District Committees and Regions in applying for community grants

The Foundation has chosen to work closely with CSEU District Committees (DCs) in identifying which community grants to fund. District Committees are established across the UK. They are the local or regional focus for Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Union affiliated unions in the relevant industries.

District Committees can identify charitable projects that reflect both their local priorities and our Strategic Plan and objectives.  District Committees can then submit to the Foundation community grant proposals it wishes to ‘sponsor’. We will allocate Community Grants based on these submissions.

More details on Community Grants

  • A Grant can be for revenue costs and/or for capital costs for equipment
  • A Grant can be made for a maximum of three years or up to the end of the current 3-year Strategic Plan 2020-2022, whichever is the earliest.
  • You must have a track record. We are looking for applicants that have the necessary expertise and experience and are well placed to deliver the work for which funding is sought.
  • We make grants to fund work in the UK only.

How will the Foundation assess your application once the relevant District Committee has agreed to ‘sponsor’ it?

When we review an application for a community grant sponsored by a District Committee we use a wide variety of different criteria to assess it. Each application is different and we are not prescriptive in our approach. However, there are some characteristics we think are important for any charity which we support with a community grant.

  • True to their mission. Organisations that are clear and consistent about what they aim to achieve. This is demonstrated through their actions and practice.
  • Responsive to need and well placed to deliver. Well placed to deliver services and aware of what is going on around them.
  • Person centred. The interests of the individual are at the heart of what the organisation does. People are meaningfully involved in developing solutions to the issues they face.
  • Using resources well. High quality, well run organisations that have the skills and capabilities to make proper and effective use of their resources


Sharing Information with other Grant Makers 

We reserve the right to share information on applications received and information received from organisations which have a grant with other grant makers unless an organisation expressly requests otherwise. All personal data will be dealt with in line with current General Data Protection policies.

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