How to apply

Explore the 6 steps of our application process.

Who is eligible for Charles Plater Trust support?

Please read our exclusion criteria below to ensure that your organisation is eligible for Charles Plater Trust support.

Our exclusions - what we cannot support

Projects that are outside our three priority themes - leadership for lay people; social action and/or applied research.Work that is not legally charitable.

Work that does not have a direct benefit in England or Wales or where the applicant organisation is not based in England or Wales.

Grants to individual’s postgraduate scholarship on a relevant topic, providing that the applying academic organisation ensures that it holds an open competition to select a candidate to undertake the grant-funded research.

Organisations without at least three non-executive trustees or directors.

Grants for over £60,000 in total.

Please also note: 

The Trust will consider applications from organisations seeking to use a Plater Trust grant as match funding as part of a larger projects, but only if it contributes to an effective delivery of the Charles Plater Trust mission.

Applications from a consortium of organisations will be given consideration if the project has a clearly listed chief contact from the lead organisation and fulfils all other eligibility criteria.

Theory of Change

While a few years ago, the term ‘theory of change’ was largely unknown in the UK voluntary sector, increasingly today charities are turning to it, to help them define what their goals are and to orient a charity’s activities to be more impact focused. Today, Plater Trust is keen to be as clear as possible about what change we want Plater Trust to achieve and how we think we are going to generate that change so that we can be more confident that all the activity we do at a day-to-day level is actually making a positive difference.

Our application process

Read the guidance

Check out the information on our website for support with your application.

Submit an online application 

We will clearly explain how risk is assessed and be realistic about how much assurance applicants can provide. 


Your application will be considered in detail by our grant-making board on 16th November 2021, with a final decision made by our board of trustees on 8th December.


All applicants will be contacted by mid-January 2022 with feedback on their applications and follow up conversations if requested.

Award Ceremony 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an event to officially announce 2021 grant holders on 15th February 2022.

Apply now

Small grants programme opens on Tuesday 21st September 21.

Deadline for applications to be received: Friday, 15th October 21 by 5pm.

Applicants will know CPT decision by Monday 20th December 2021.