APPLICATIONS
Overview

In many ways, spending money well is as hard and complex as raising it, and it takes time and professionalism to get it right. We receive many more applications for grants than we can make, and selecting those that best meet the criteria can therefore be difficult.

Once the Trustees have made their final decisions we monitor and evaluate the impact of the grants we award and undertake research of various kinds to ensure that the needs addressed are the right ones and that the money we are responsible for is genuinely making as big a difference as it possibly can.

Furthermore, to keep things fair and equitable:

  • organisations can only submit one application at a time
  • if an application is unsuccessful, you cannot reapply for a grant for 12 months, from the date of your initial application.
  • Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation only makes grants in the programme areas outlined, and organisations can make only one application to one programme at a given time.

We fund both on-going Programme Delivery and low scale Capital costs. Examples of Revenue costs are salaries and hire of facilities. Examples of Capital costs are computers and office equipment.

If you currently hold a grant with us, you can only apply again during the final nine months of your existing grant period. This application can be for funding for the same project, or a different project.

The Trustees may make grants for any charitable purpose. However, the Trustees’ current policy is to focus their grant-making in the areas of:

  • Amateur golf development in Scotland and South Africa
  • Historic Preservation of the Town of St Andrews
  • The University of St. Andrews

Guidelines relating to Grant Applications can be found Here

Grant Applications

The Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation welcomes applications for funds from charities and other benevolent organisations with programmes which provide significant benefits to the community and individuals.

To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must be a community-based organisation or a non-governmental organisation that is registered or recognised as a charitable or benevolent organisation.

Any proposed project must fall within one of the main focus areas of the Foundation, which presently include:

  • Amateur golf development in Scotland and South Africa
  • Historic preservation of the town of St Andrews
  • The University of St Andrews

Organisations seeking funding should have:

  • A broad base of funding support to demonstrate sustainability
  • Management capacity to carry through their projects
  • Clear plan for project evaluation with outcome measurement

Grants vary and in special circumstances the Trustees may make recurring grants. The Foundation will fund both revenue and capital costs. In order to make the assessment of a grant application as objective and robust as possible, the Foundation has developed a detailed list of criteria for selecting and assessing projects.

These are: 

  • impact
  • local context
  • need
  • participation
  • partnership
  • sustainability

Applicants should ensure that their programmes can meet some, if not all of these criteria. It is important to note that the Foundation does not fund certain types of organisations or activities, these include:

  • Statutory bodies or profit-making organisations
  • Organisations working purely with elite sport or promoting sporting talent
  • Individuals for their sole benefit
  • Major infrastructure projects or large capital grants
  • Disaster or emergency humanitarian relief projects

For details about the application process, Click Here

How to apply for a Grant

The Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation receives many more applications for grants than it can make and therefore we request that grant applicants follow the process explained below:

It is recommended that organisations applying for Grants should carefully read:

  • Grant Giving
  • Grant Process
  • Advice to Applicants, Click Here to view

…before sending in their submissions. To view these online see below application forms.

Having read these, applicants should complete an Expression of Interest Form to allow the Foundation to identify whether or not the project falls within its areas of interest and its grant making criteria. The Expression of Interest Form must be returned by post to the address given on the Form. To view the Expression of Interest Form online click here. Expression of Interest Forms must be received at the offices of the Foundation by July 1 each year.

There are three possible outcomes following this initial submission:

  • the applicant is awarded a grant for the project on the basis of the information given on the Form
  • the applicant is asked to complete a fuller Application Form for consideration by the Trustees at their annual meeting in October, at which point a grant may or may not be awarded
  • the applicant is advised that on the basis of the information contained in the Expression of Interest Form the project does not meet the grant giving criteria and as such the application is unsuccessful

Expression of Interest Forms will be reviewed once a month and applicants will be contacted within two weeks from the date of review. Applicants who are then asked to complete an Application Form must return it by post to the address given on the Application Form.
To view the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation Application Form online click here. To be considered, all Application Forms must be received by September 1 each year.

The Trustees meet to consider grant applications annually prior to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October. Applicants will be informed of the Trustees’ decision after this annual meeting and payments of grants will be made once the Offer of Grant has been accepted and signed.

The disbursement of funds through grants is at the complete discretion of the Trustees.

Once the grants have been awarded, the Trustees will monitor and evaluate their impact and reserve the right to audit Grant Recipients to verify grants have benefitted their intended purpose.

Organisations can submit only one application for a project at a time. If an application is unsuccessful, a second application cannot be made by the same organisation for the same project for another 12 months. Expression of Interest Forms and Application Forms with supporting documents should be sent to:

Alfred Dunhill Links FoundationPrinces Exchange,
1 Earl Grey Street,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9EE

Grant Process

You should send the completed Expression of Interest Form, or, if you have been asked to complete it, an Application Form, and accompanying documents to:

ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS FOUNDATION
Princes Exchange,
1 Earl Grey Street,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9EE
Scotland

Grant making is within the complete discretion of the Trustees.

• Once your Expression of Interest Form or Application Form is received, it is expected that it will be acknowledged by email within 2 weeks.  If your proposal is not eligible, you will be told at this stage.  All eligible applications will be assessed, and you may be asked for further information.

• Applications which are submitted to the Trustees will be considered at the Trustees’ annual meeting in October – provided the Application Form and all necessary accompanying documents have been received by 1st September.

• If a grant is awarded, you will be sent an Offer of Grant which is a written agreement you will be required to accept and sign in order to receive the grant.  On return of the Offer of Grant signed by you, a cheque will be sent in payment of the grant.
• The grant agreement will cover such matters as purposes, timing and stages of payment, monitoring, withdrawal and claw-back of grant, and publicity.

You should send the completed Expression of Interest Form, or, if you have been asked to complete it, an Application Form, and accompanying documents to:
ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS FOUNDATION
Princes Exchange,
1 Earl Grey Street,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9EE
Scotland

Grant making is within the complete discretion of the Trustees.
Once your Expression of Interest Form or Application Form is received, it is expected that it will be acknowledged by email within 2 weeks. If your proposal is not eligible, you will be told at this stage. All eligible applications will be assessed, and you may be asked for further information.

Applications which are submitted to the Trustees will be considered at the Trustees’ annual meeting in October – provided the Application Form and all necessary accompanying documents have been received by 1st September.

If a grant is awarded, you will be sent an Offer of Grant which is a written agreement you will be required to accept and sign in order to receive the grant. On return of the Offer of Grant signed by you, a cheque will be sent in payment of the grant.

The grant agreement will cover such matters as purposes, timing and stages of payment, monitoring, withdrawal and claw-back of grant, and publicity.

Click here for the grant approval process

Application Forms

Grant Application Forms:

  1. Expression of Interest
  2. Application Form
  3. Gift Aid Declaration

Guidelines relating to Grant Applications can be found here

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