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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.

The application process

The Racing Foundation operates a structured three-stage application process, three times a year. We do not, under any circumstances, make grants in response to applications received in the form of general appeals or mail shots. Please also note that our Trustees will not accept personal approaches in support of an application.

Stage 1: First stage of the application process to be completed online via a short, standard form that requests basic applicant information and most recent audited accounts. It will also require a brief, project overview to be uploaded. This should be attached as a Word document and be no more than 2 pages long. It should address the following:

  • What you would like the Racing Foundation to fund.
  • How you know there is a need for this work.
  • What difference the work will make and who will benefit from it.
  • Does the proposed activity offer a response to emerging industry issues and is it aligned with relevant industry strategies or other work in this area? We may request endorsement from relevant industry organisations at second stage.
  • Total project cost, confirmation of match-funding commitment and amount requested from the Racing Foundation.

At this stage, we are seeking to understand the concept of your proposal and to assess eligibility.

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 include specific questions to be answered; a detailed budget breakdown of costs and the uploading of supporting documents. A link to the second stage online form will be emailed to eligible applicants for completion by a set date. 

For small grant applications (less than £20,000) applicants will be contacted by the Racing Foundation's Grants Manager to discuss the project further and identify additional information that might be required. Applicants will then be able to submit a revised version of their initial proposal instead of completing all sections of the form.

For requests over £20,000 applicants will be contacted by the Racing Foundation's Grants Manager to arrange a meeting or conference call to discuss the project further, assist with completion of the form and provide guidance on what the Racing Foundation’s Trustees are likely to consider when discussing grant awards.  

A printable list of the questions asked by the online application will be available on the Registration/Log-in page when you start your application.

Stage 3: Racing Foundation Trustees meet to discuss grants

All applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the meeting to be advised of the outcome.

To see what aspects the Foundation’s Trustees will focus on when considering grant applications, please click here> to to see our Guidance Notes.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Grants Manager for further advice and guidance before submitting an application: tansy.challis@racingfoundation.co.uk

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