This is our small funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £1million. If you are raising money for a particular project for which the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) and have already raised a third of the total costs, you may be eligible for this.
We are currently accepting applications for our January 2020 trustees’ meeting. Please note, we will be temporarily closing the applications on 19th December 2019, pending review. We will be relaunching this scheme later in the year so keep on eye out for further information.
Please ensure you meet all the criteria before making an application.
UK registered charity
If you are applying for charitable status, please wait until you have your charity number before submitting an application.
Annual income of less than £500,000
This programme is targeted at smaller charities, and therefore this income level has been set. This amount should match the figure on your latest accounts.
Already raised a third of the total cost
The Trustees are only able to make a contribution to the project costs through this funding scheme. We therefore require that you have already raised a third of the total costs to ensure that the project will go ahead with our contribution.
Programme restricted to causes in the UK
The Rank Foundation is a charitable trust restricted to causes in the UK. We are therefore unable to consider any projects that take place outside the UK.
For the benefit of UK residents
The project must be for the benefit of UK residents, rather than visitors to the UK.
Inclusive use by the wider community
We will not support projects that are for the benefit of only one ethnic or religious group; facilities must be open to the wider community.
Areas supported if not supported elsewhere
We do not support causes supported elsewhere by the Rank Foundation. This includes hospices (regular grant Hospices UK), mainstream schools (School Leadership Award), specific individuals (bursaries) and film-making (CTVC). We also do not support areas that are under the provision of state aid, such as medical requirements.
If you meet all of these criteria please do make an application using the relevant online application form. We look forward to receiving your application.
PLEASE NOTE: You may only apply for a Pebble Grant ONCE per year. This should be counted as exactly one year after your original application date.
How to apply
We have two application forms for our Pebbles funding stream, each of which is access through the buttons below. The capital costs application form is for fixed, one-time expenses incurred on the purchase of land, buildings, construction, and equipment. The short break application form is targeted towards respite breaks for children or adults, and short term activities or programmes.
Please note that we do not publish deadlines or maximum amounts as this is dependent on the number of applications we receive. The most commonly donated amount is £1000. The Rank Foundation will also only consider applications once per year. Regardless of the outcome of your application, you may only apply 12 months after your original date of submission.