Jeans for Genes Grant Programme - FAQs - Jeans for Genes
Jeans for Genes Grant Programme - FAQs - Jeans for Genes

Below are some of the questions we are regularly asked in relation to our grants programme. If you have a question which isn’t included here, please email us at: danielle.singleton@jeansforgenes.org

 

Who can apply to the Jeans for Genes Grant Programme?

To be considered for a grant, organisations must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Organisations must be registered with either the Charity Commission for England and Wales, The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland of The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
  2. Organisations should be a disorder specific charity or a charity whose beneficiaries are solely those with genetic disorders. We are aware that there are many other types of organisations supporting a range of beneficiaries that include those with genetic disorders among them (for example, hospices and special schools), but for the 2021 funding round this is not our focus.
  3. Organisations must have been operating for a minimum of three years.
  4. The organisation should have an annual income of less than £100,000 (as reported in their most recent set of accounts filed with The Charity Commission).
  5. Unrestricted reserves should stand at less than six months running costs.
  6. Organisations should be able to demonstrate that their finances and mission delivery have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Organisations who received a grant in 2020 cannot apply in 2021.
  8. (If applicable) The charity or patient group has a child/vulnerable adult protection policy in place: For charities that work with children and vulnerable adults, Jeans for Genes would expect that appropriate safeguarding policies are in place.
  9. End of Grant Report Forms for previously funded projects have been provided to Jeans for Genes: Please note that it is a condition of your grant that you send us an End of Grant Report Form. We cannot accept another application from you if a report on a previous award has not been received.

 

Where do the funds come from?

We raise funds through our annual Jeans for Genes campaign and through other fundraising initiatives throughout the year. Funds are then granted to charities via our grants programme.

How do we apply

The Jeans for Genes Grant Application Form and Guidance for Applicants will be available to download here on 1 July 2021.

Do you provide grants to individuals?

No, we only provide grants to charities that are registered and regulated by one of the UK’s Charity Commissions.  Our Charity Partners are specialists with the necessary expertise required to put the money raised by Jeans for Genes fundraisers to work to change the lives of those across the UK with a life-altering genetic disorder.

When will funding be available?

This year’s funding round will be open for applications between 1 July and 12 August 2021.  Successful applicants will receive the funds into their organisation’s bank account in November 2021.

How much can we ask for?

We will be awarding a series of one- off unrestricted grants of £2,500.

What type of funding do you give?

Our focus in the 2021 funding round will be on supporting small but vital disorder specific charities adapt, respond and recover from the affects of the Coronavirus pandemic.  We will be awarding a series of one- off unrestricted grants of £2,500.

Going forward we are open to funding a range of different organisations and approaches to support the genetic disorder community.  We are working on a longer term strategy for our grant making that includes both core and project funding which will be launched next year.

You have funded us in the past, can we apply again?

Yes, but organisations who received a grant in 2020 cannot apply in 2021.

Do you fund charities outside the UK?

No, organisations must be registered with either the Charity Commission for England and Wales, The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland of The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Can we apply if we are a new organisation?

No, our focus in the 2021 funding round will be on supporting existing disorder specific charities who have been operating for a minimum of three years recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  The Jeans for Genes grant programme has provided funding to many new organisations over the years and will continue to do so in the future but it is not the focus in this funding round.

How will we know that you have received our application?

All applications will be acknowledged by email following submission.

Do you provide feedback on applications?

We are a small team and we receive a large volume of applications to our grant programme, which makes providing comprehensive feedback to every unsuccessful charity challenging.  Having said that, we will do our best to provide feedback where requested.

If changes occur to our organisation after we have applied, do we need to inform Jeans for Genes?

Yes – please keep us updated of any important changes that may affect the outcome of your application. This is especially important if your contact details change, or if the person who submitted the application leaves your organisation.

If we are successful, what will be expected of us?

As well as reporting formally on the difference you have been able to make with Jeans for Genes funding, we may also ask you to provide us with quotes, photos, stories and videos to use on the Jeans for Genes website, social media platforms and fundraising materials to help us demonstrate to the public why signing up to hold a Jeans for Genes Day is so important.

It is not a condition of a grant award that your organisation takes part in these promotional activities, but it would be helpful to know at the application stage if you envisage any issues in this regard.

In order to receive a grant from this year’s Jeans for Genes Grant Programme, each successful charity is asked to agree to the following:

  • To promote your Jeans for Genes Day grant in your organisation’s communications, including in newsletters and social media and the difference it will make to your organisation’s services.
  • To display the ‘Supported by Jeans for Genes’ logo on your organisation’s website for a duration of one year following the awarding of a grant.
  • To complete and return an End of Grant Report within twelve months of receiving an award.