Grant making policy
Oliver & Learn (“the Charity”) will support organisations or individuals which undertake activities which are charitable within the meaning of the laws of England and Wales and which fall within the Charity’s objects.
This may include support to registered charities, exempt or excepted charities and other charitable groups.
The Charity’s main priorities are in educational advancement and reducing poverty.
2. What we fund
The Charity’s objects are:
- the advancement of education;
- the prevention or relief of poverty; and
- the promotion of community capacity building;
in all cases anywhere in the world.
The Charity welcomes applications for funding directly from individuals in financial hardship, or from organisations applying on his or her behalf.
The Charity will consider the applications and make grants to help cover the cost of the proposals, subject to them meeting the stated objects.
Grants are made by means of termly payments, subject to receipt of satisfactory confirmation that the beneficiary remains engaged in their course.
3. Size of grants
The size of grants awarded is at the absolute discretion of the Trustees and will be notified to the recipient.
The Charity will not consider applications:
- for any activities which are outside of the Charity’s objects;
- for any activities which are not considered charitable in accordance with the laws of England and Wales;
- for any political or commercial appeals; and
- that will benefit the Trustees or anyone related to the Trustees.
5. How to apply
Applications must be submitted in writing. Applicants will be required to provide:
- a cover letter, detailing the history of the organisation/ individual, what their funding request will cover, the value of the application and when it will be required
- a completed application form;
- any other supporting material the applicant wishes to include (optional).
There are no deadlines for submission and applications will be considered as and when received.
A decision should be made within 3 months of receipt of an application, and all applications will be acknowledged on or before that date.
7. Applications should be sent or delivered to
Address: 2 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4LU
8. Unsuccessful applications
Due to the volume of applications the Charity expects to receive, the Charity is unable to support every application and, in order to minimise the cost to the Charity, it is not its policy to explain why any particular application has not been successful.
9. Terms and Conditions
The grant may be used only for the purposes outlined in the application form. If the grant recipient does not use this grant for the specific purpose intended, they will be required to repay the grant in full, unless changes have been agreed in advance with the Charity.
The grant must be spent on the purpose for which it was awarded within the time limit specified, unless an extension is agreed with the Charity. If timelines are delayed, the grant recipient must contact the Charity to request an extension.
The Charity requires a progress report from grant recipients before the start of each term and written attestation from the grant recipient, that they remain engaged in their course of study as set out in the original application.
The Charity will issue a letter of grant which will set out in greater detail the terms and conditions attached to the grant. The grant recipient will be required to sign the letter of grant to acknowledge that it will adhere to its terms
Make a difference
Each year, Oliver & Learn sponsors students from 11 schools in the rural Kianjai area of Kenya. We help to pay for school fees, books and uniforms – all of the vital things that keep these secondary students in school. Many of these students are orphans. Without this support, they would have to drop out of school and work in subsistence jobs to survive. School fees are only £135 per year, but to many, this is simply unaffordable.
Help Winifred set up her business
We’ve helped students like Winifred set up a business on graduating, by providing them with the tools of their trade. This donation of a sewing machine or plumbing equipment can make a huge difference, whether it’s to young people just starting out in their working lives, or to their family.
Help the community improve their farming techniques
The Kianjai region is subject to regular droughts. This has a disasterous impact on the local community. To improve drought resiliency, a community teaching farm is being developed. The farm will teach techniques for selecting and planting drought resistant crops and encourage the community to develop greater yeilding crops.