General Advice for Applicants
Our grants and sponsorship programme is an important part of our charitable work to support vegan outreach. As the vegan movement grows, we would like to support your projects as much as we possibly can. If you’ve applied for a grant, or are considering writing an application, you may find this background information useful. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Managing a fair grants programme
For 2013, we increased the fund, stating in the grants guidelines that we would like to fund more initiatives with generally smaller amounts. The average grant amount awarded is currently around £200-£250. This has enabled us to support more vegan groups interested in doing vegan outreach and advocacy. Previously, information about the grants programme was not available on our website, which meant that only those who knew about its existence applied for, and usually received funding. Since making information available online about a year ago, we have received significantly more applications from around the world. The process is now much more transparent and fair to everyone.
Supporting a worldwide vegan movement
With limited resources, the Society constantly has to consider how to allocate funds. In August 2012, The Vegan Society Council agreed a new strategic plan, identifying a need to reach new audiences. We started this process by going to events where the Society has never had a presence, and where people would not necessarily have thought about veganism before. The response from people has been overwhelmingly positive.
Rising demand for grants funding
The number of applications submitted far exceeds our funding capability. Due to the quality and number of applications we receive, the grants assessment panel (Grant Officer, Head of Department, and CEO), often have to make very tough decisions. We have had to reject dozens of proposals, some of them for worthwhile projects. Previous successful applications are no guarantee for being awarded a grant for a similar idea subsequently. We understand that unsuccessful applicants may feel disappointed, and we regret that we cannot sponsor every grant initiative that we receive.
The Vegan Society has been denied funding too!
Unfortunately, The Vegan Society has also experienced the disappointment of unsuccessful grant applications. For example, we spent a substantial amount of time putting together a proposal submitted to the European Commission for a project aimed at fundraising and sharing the lessons with our volunteers and active members so that we could all be in a better position to advocate for veganism. This was turned down a few months ago, and we had to adjust our plans accordingly. These sorts of outcomes are naturally disappointing, but we need to be resilient and think of new creative ways to excite people about the benefits of veganism.
Sustainable projects are the way forward
Particularly successful applications for grants from The Vegan Society are those of an engaging nature or where the application is considered a highly effective or innovative method of vegan outreach. Ways of making an event self-sustainable should also be explored, for example by implementing admission fees, increasing stall fees, or corporate sponsorship.
Working together to advance veganism
We are grateful for everyone who is actively involved in vegan outreach and helping to make this world a more compassionate place. Thank you to all who have supported The Vegan Society directly and the recipients of grants and sponsorship directly or indirectly. We are organising an event next year to bring vegans together to share experiences of organising events and projects, and this will be informative for aspiring and seasoned activists alike. United as vegans we are increasingly becoming a force to be reckoned with.
How to contact us
Every applicant has the opportunity to contact us before submitting an application or after receiving our reply. If you have any questions about our grants programme, we strongly advise that you get in touch with us well in advance of the event you have planned. Communication directly with us by phone (0121 523 1730) by post ( Donald Watson House, 21 Hylton Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6HJ) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) are the only appropriate channels.
The Vegan Society funds activities that meet its charitable aims to promote veganism and to support vegans and that offer value for money. Successful applications are innovative and do not replicate the existing work of the Vegan Society, or comparable organizations.
It will normally be expected that applications are for projects that are not for profit and specifically promote veganism to a substantial target audience. Applications for profit or commercial based purposes will not be considered.
Additionally, the amount requested should be appropriate to the purpose proposed. The average amount granted is approximately £200. This should be taken into account when applying. As the Society prefers to support a wider range of initiatives rather than a few large events, and considering the grants and sponsorship budget is capped, any application requesting over £2,000 will not be considered.
What kind of events does the Vegan Society fund?
This article from The Vegan magazine describes an example of the events which The Vegan Society funds: Mela Oshwal and Navnat (pdf)
How to apply
1) Read the Notes for Grants & Sponsorship Applicants
First of all, please read the "Notes for Grants & Sponsorship Applicants" documents. This can be downloaded here as a Word document or a pdf file.
Notes for Grants & Sponsorship Applicants Word
Notes for Grants & Sponsorship Applicants .pdf
2) Complete and return a Grants & Sponsorship Application Form
When you have read the Notes for Grants & Sponsorship Applicants document, dowload and complete the Grants & Sponsorship Application Form, and return it to The Vegan Society by email or post (addresses are provided on the application form).
Grants Application Form Word (use this version if you wish to complete the form electronically)
Grants Application Form .pdf
If you have any questions
Check the Notes for Grants & Sponsorship Applicants document - this should answer any questions applicants may have about applying for Vegan Society funding.
If you have read the document again and still cannot find an answer to your question, email email@example.com.