Nisbet Trust

Applying for a grant

There are three levels of grant:

  • Small – up to £5,000
  • Medium – £5,001 to £30,000
  • Large – over £30,000

Single and multi-year grants for up to three years can be requested.

Trustees have a particular interest in projects supporting disadvantaged young people and projects that tackle homelessness.

Before you apply, please read our below guidance properly.


Applicants must be a registered charity, exempt charity, not-for-profit social enterprise or community interest company benefitting communities in the Greater Bristol area.

Community Interest Companies must have been established for at least three years, with an annual income of more than £50,000 which should include at least 25% from trading.


The following are not eligible for support:

  • Medical research
  • Single condition medical charities
  • Grants for Individuals
  • Animal welfare charities
  • Sponsorship

Trustees strongly favour applications from Bristol-based organisations. National charities applying for support for work in Bristol are less likely to be supported.

CICs whose core business model is substantially grant-reliant are unlikely to be successful.


Multi-year grant holders should send a brief report at the end of each grant year detailing progress against the activities and outcomes in their application.

If you have been awarded a single-year grant please send a report at the end of the grant period.

Reports should be brief (no more than 2 pages please).

A deadline date for reporting will be given in the grant offer letter.