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Our Grants Programme

The Racing Foundation offers three funding rounds a year and accepts applications organisations whose charitable projects directly benefit the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Three types of grants are offered:

Small Grants – of up to £20,000

Open Grants – from £20,000 upwards

Equine Science Research Grants

All applications are to be submitted via an online system and further information on what we do and don’t fund; what will be involved in the application process and what the deadline dates are, can be found below.

Application deadlines

For the Small Grants and Open Grants Programmes, the Racing Foundation accepts and considers applications for funding three times a year. Grant applications must be received before the stated deadlines, otherwise the application will be carried forward to the next funding round. For information on deadlines for the next funding rounds please see below.

Please note that the Foundation is unable to enter into any correspondence with charities seeking to appeal against a decision to reject a funding application.

Deadline for
submitting first stage application
Deadline for
submitting second stage application
Trustees meet to
consider applications

1st round, 2021 - CLOSED

Friday 15th January  

Friday 26th February

Thursday 8th April 

2nd round, 2021 - OPEN Tuesday 4th May   Friday 18th June  

Wednesday 21st July

3rd round, 2021   Friday 9th September  Friday 15th October 

Wednesday 24th November 

Changes to the application process

If you have applied to the Racing Foundation, before, please note that the application process has been revised. As a result, the first stage form has been simplified and the second stage form plus first grant monitoring form have been moved online. 

Stage 1: The number of questions has been considerably reduced and the online form will now capture basic information to assess eligibility. This will include uploading a short project proposal and a copy of the applicant's most recent audited accounts. 

Stage 2: If successful at first stage, applicants will be required to re-register with a new request and complete a more detailed online second stage form. This will require a number of specific questions to be answered; a detailed budget breakdown of costs and the uploading of supporting documents. Small Grant applications (less than £20,000) will be able to submit a revised version of the initial proposal instead of completing all sections of the form.

It is hoped that this will provide a more streamlined and efficient process for applicants.  

Please also note the following:

An applicant's governance structure, staff development policies and alignment with industry strategies may be considered as part of the assessment process.

An applicant may be asked to provide a business plan and fundraising strategy - both for the project for which they are seeking funding and also for the charity as a whole.

We prefer to support projects that will involve, or lead to, collaboration with other industry stakeholders; that are aligned with industry strategies (where appropriate); that will help build understanding and that have the potential to achieve a substantial impact. Please refer to the Racing Foundation's 2021-23 Strategy document.

The Racing Foundation reserves the right to conduct an independent evaluation of projects, at any stage, to assess progress and outcomes. Any concerns regarding performance of a project may result in partial repayment of a grant and/or multi-year pledges being deferred or withdrawn.

Data Protection

Please note: to process and manage a grant application, the Racing Foundation will require the name, email address and work telephone number of a representative of each charity to act as a main point of contact.  We have produced a Privacy and Data Protection Policy for grant applications that outlines how this personal data will be stored and used. Before registering your application or supplying any personal details you will be asked to read this Privacy and Data Protection Policy and agree to its terms.  

To see a full copy of the Grant Applications Privacy and Data Protection Policy please click here>.

Before submitting an application please read our guidance notes by clicking here>.

If you would now like to go ahead with an application, please click on the link below.

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