Looking to apply for our Global’s Make Some Noise funding? Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions to help with any queries you may have.
How many charities do you invite to apply after submitting an Expression of Interest?
We normally invite up to 100 charities to apply after our Expression of Interest has closed.
How many charities will you choose to support after applying?
We will be able to select approximately 40 charities for grant funding from each application round.
When will I hear if I have been invited to submit an application for Stage 2?
You will hear from us no later than 2 weeks after the Expression of Interest closes to let you know if we can invite you to apply this year.
What size grants does Make Some Noise award?
If you are invited to Stage 2 – Application, you will be able to apply for a suggested minimum of £20,000, and a maximum of £30,000 for 12 months of funding from 1st April 2024. Global’s Make Some Noise cannot award you a grant of more than 40% of your annual income. If your charity income means you cannot apply for the suggested grant funding amount, this is not a problem – if you are invited to apply, we will assess the maximum amount you can apply for with you.
When will I find out if my application has been successful?
If you have been invited to apply and submit an application, your charity will be assessed and discussed at one of our grant panels in the summer. You may be contacted to discuss your application further or if any additional information is required by the Grants Team. This year, we expect all charities to be informed of the outcome of their application by mid-June 2023. We will always update you on the progress and let you know if this timeline changes.
Do you provide feedback on applications?
We provide feedback for any charity who has submitted an application to us in Stage 2. We are unable to provide comprehensive feedback to charities not invited to apply due to the volume of Expressions of Interest we receive in our programme.
Can I apply again if I have been unsuccessful?
You can submit another Expression of Interest the next time our application process opens. We would encourage you to think about any feedback you have received if you were invited to Stage 2 of our applications previously, and always double check your current eligibility to make sure you still qualify to be considered for support.
When will funding be available?
New funding for charities will be available from 1st April 2024. If you are invited to apply after submitting your Expression of Interest, you will need to apply for funds delivering a project starting on or after April 2024. We’ll be raising funds for successful charities throughout the year, with our main activity happening during our appeal in October 2023.
Where do the funds come from?
Working with Global, and some of the UK’s biggest radio stations, we raise funds through the amazing generosity of the public in our annual appeal, and through other fundraising initiatives with our fantastic partners. Funds are then granted to charities at the end of the financial year.
How do I find out if my charity is eligible for Global’s Make Some Noise?
You can check your eligibility here to read more about our programme and check you meet the criteria for Global’s Make Some Noise support.
What type of funding do you give?
Global’s Make Some Noise gives restricted grants for designated areas of work. If you are invited to apply, you will be asked to provide a budget breaking down how you plan to spend your grant. We call this a ‘project’, however there are many different things you can apply for. Please visit our ‘Apply to become a beneficiary’ page for more details. If you are successful in your application, you will be asked to sign a Funding Agreement which specifies our grant funds are treated as restricted.
Can I submit an Expression of Interest if I’ve been supported by Global’s Make Some Noise before?
On this occasion, we will not be able to progress any charity to application stage if we have previously supported them.
What we mean by ‘led by people from ethnic minority backgrounds’:
This would be true if people from ethnic minority groups make up more than 50% of your charity’s board, senior management team or people involved in key decision-making. This could be a reflection of the community in which you operate, or because you’re a diverse-led organisation. If you don’t feel you meet this definition, but a significant proportion of the people you support are from ethnic minority backgrounds and you can demonstrate community involvement in your work, you can select the alternative option on our Expression of interest form which states ‘more than 60% of your service users are from ethnic minority backgrounds’.
What we mean by ‘led by LGBTQ+ community’:
This would be true if people from the LGBTQ+ community make up more than 50% of your charity’s board, senior management team or people involved in key decision-making. This could be a reflection of the community who you support, or because you’re a diverse-led organisation.
If you don’t feel you meet this definition, but have a key service or project which demonstrates community involvement and is informed by the people you support, you can select the alternative option on our Expression of interest form which states ‘you have a dedicated LGBTQ+ service or project’.
What we mean by ‘your charity is led by people with lived experience of disability or long-term illness’:
This would be true if people living with a disability or an illness, or family members such as parents of children with disabilities or a rare condition, make up more than 50% of your organisation’s board, senior management team or key decision-making structure. This could be a reflection of the community you support, or because you’re a diverse-led organisation.
If you don’t feel you meet this definition, but a significant proportion of the people you support have disabilities or long-term illnesses, and you can demonstrate community involvement in your work, you can select the alternative option on our expression of interest form which states ‘more than 60% of your service users have a disability or illness’.