What is a Community Grant?
A Community Grant is an award to a charitable project or individual via the community grants application process. Community grants may be awarded to registered charities, schools and other recognisable and accountable community causes for projects related to improving children’s lives. The project must provide a clear benefit for young people up to the age of 18 and awards for Community Grants are subject to approval by the charity’s Community Steering Committee. The Community Steering Committee comprises of colleagues from across the Thomas Cook business. Some projects may be referred by the Community Steering Committee to the Board of Trustees for the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity for approval.
Please note: Regrettably we are no longer able to process paper, email or word doc applications. If you have recently submitted an application or nomination via one of these methods then you will be required to re-submit your application via the on-line links above. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your help and support as we migrate to the on-line application process.
UK Community Grants
Is your organisation or charity registered in the UK? Then to apply for a UK Community Grant please fill in the on-line application form below:
Overseas Community Grants
Is your organisation or charity registered outside of the UK? Then please use our Overseas Community Grant application form on the below on-line link:
Community Grants for Individuals
Things you need to know…
Please ensure that you have read ALL of the below supporting information in full before making your application.
Documents required for the grant application process:
Great stuff! Then you can access your account and view your application status by clicking HERE!
Good luck with your application!!
1.I have set up an account but I can’t find where to start the application?
You may be accessing the ‘My Account’ link instead of the ‘New Application’ link. Please use the links below to direct you to the right place.
UK Community Grant NEW application: CLICK HERE
Overseas Community Grant NEW application: CLICK HERE
Your Account (to view your application and it’s status after it’s been submitted): CLICK HERE
2. I made a mistake on the initial screening questions and answered ‘yes’ for something I meant to put ‘no’ for. Now I can’t change my answers in order to continue with my application.
You have 3 options:
- Wait until tomorrow and you will be able to resubmit your answers
- Use a different browser and try again (e.g. if you were accessing the form via chrome, use explorer/safari instead or vice versa)
- Clear your internet cache
3. How do I start my application?
On the page that says ‘Please Sign In’
Click on ‘New Applicant’ under E-mail and it will allow you to fill in your details.
4. When will I hear if my grant application was successful?
You will usually hear the outcome of your grant application within 60 days of applying.
However, on occasions due to the volume of applications we may roll your application over to the following months steering committee meeting. This roll over can happen up to a maximum of 3 times before the committee will make a final call on if the application has been successful or not. This will therefore mean that it can sometimes take up to 6 months before you will hear an outcome. Where possible we will try to avoid this happening and will do our best to keep you updated where possible. If you want to check on the status of your application then you can do so by logging onto the portal.
Unfortunately we are unable to respond to emails and phone calls with ad-hoc requests for status updates of applications. Please see the portal for the current status of your application.
5. What should I do if I require urgent funding?
Please apply as normal and state in the opening paragraph of your application why the funding request is urgent. We consider a request to be urgent if there is a valid need for funding within 60 days of the application.
We can not guarantee that your application will not be rolled over to the next steering committee meeting but all applications are given careful consideration.
6. If there is no Thomas Cook office, store or Cooperative Travel store near our project, can we still apply?
Yes. We only ask this question in the application process so that we can encourage local Thomas Cook colleagues to join us on a project visit where possible, it helps us to narrow the search when looking for local stores near you.
7. What do I do if I have a question about your grant process?
Please see all of our supporting documentation. If you still can’t find the answer that you are looking for then please call us where we can try our best to answer your questions.
8. What kind of evidence will I need to provide once the project is completed?
You will be required to complete our grant report form that gives us a summary of how the project went and what was achieved. You will also be asked to provide evidence of expenditure, content and images for publicity purposes.
9. When will the grant report form need to be completed?
We will require you to complete and send your grant report form back to us within 60 days of the end of the project term.