How do I apply for a grant?
For cases, applications must be made by the applicant’s lawyer or barrister.
For organisations/projects, applications must be made by the intended recipient of the grant.
Application Forms can be found online here. Existing or recent grantees may apply for organisation funding via a different process, and these forms are available upon request. Please follow the instructions provided.
For urgent applications, please email us a summary of the case or project and explain why the application is urgent. More information on what to include in this email can be found here.
Please consider our Grant Criteria & Priorities before you make an application.
All applications must be in English.
Initial Due Diligence:
Once your completed Application Form has been received by us, our Grant Programme Director will determine which applications most meet our Mission Statement, Grant Criteria and Priorities for the relevant grant round (if any), and these will be invited to proceed to the Detailed Due Diligence stage.
Detailed Due Diligence:
If you are invited to proceed to the Detailed Due Diligence stage, we will ask you to provide supplementary information and documents.
Case Funding – This will include the execution of a non-disclosure agreement between us, following which we will ask you to supply key documents by email.
Organisation/project funding – This will include a supplementary application form (which we will send to you by email), key documents and an independent reference.
The deadlines for providing the supplementary information and documents are 31 May and 30 September respectively.
Specific Due Diligence:
The Grant Programme Director will then ask specific questions and/or speak to you about your application by telephone.
All applications which are short-listed following all stages are reviewed by our Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee will determine which applications (if any) should be recommended to our Board for their consideration. The Board will determine which applications (if any) will be offered a grant at their meetings which are held in the first week of July and November respectively.
Our process will usually follow these stages:
- We may advise you that your application was not successful at any stage of the process;
- Following the expiry of the application deadline (click here), the entire due diligence and approval process should take no more than 12 weeks to complete for successful applications. How promptly you and your representatives respond to queries and requests for information will have a significant impact on this.
It is important that the applicant and/or their legal team are available and prepared to deal with further due diligence requirements in a timely manner during this period. If delays occur, it may mean that your application cannot be put forward for consideration at the next Board Meeting and may be delayed until a subsequent meeting.
The Grant Programme Director may need to meet with the applicant and their legal team (where applicable) to discuss the application in some circumstances. If necessary, we will invite you to such a meeting either in person or on a call and we may cover your reasonable expenses in attending the meeting if we deem it appropriate to do so in our absolute discretion.
We will endeavour to let you know the outcome of the application no later than 2 weeks after Therium Access’ Board meeting (in the first week of July and November).
For urgent applications, we will endeavour to respond to your email within one week of receipt of your email. A final decision is likely to take at least 2-3 weeks.
Please note that decisions by Therium Access are final and there is no appeal, but you may re-apply at a later date.
Please also note that Therium Access has limited funds available, and a grant is not guaranteed even if a case, organisation or project falls within the Mission Statement, Grant Criteria and Priorities (if any). Therium Access retains absolute discretion in determining its criteria, process, and whether to make a grant at any time, including any and all details (such as the amount) of a grant.
Where a grant application is successful, we will need to execute a Grant Agreement between Therium Access and yourselves. This agreement will include a requirement to report progress to us every 6 months and may include conditions precedent which need to be satisfied prior to any funds being made available.
For cases, we will then transfer the agreed funds to your lawyer’s or barrister’s client account (as a lump sum or in instalments).
For organisations/projects, we will then transfer the agreed funds to the organisation’s bank account (as a lump sum or in instalments). We will not transfer the funds to any other account.
Following the execution of the Grant Agreement and satisfaction of conditions precedent (if any) it will take 20 working days for a grant to be paid into your account.
Following that, we will be in touch every 6 months to request an update on the grant’s progress. It is also expected that you will inform us of any significant developments as they arise. At the end of the grant, we will also ask you to provide a brief report with your feedback and which reflects on the grant.
Therium Access will not usually provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. However, where a grant application which has progressed to the Detailed Due Diligence stage is unsuccessful, Therium Access may provide feedback to the applicant explaining why their application was unsuccessful.
The reason an application is unsuccessful however may simply be because Therium Access felt that other applications at that time were stronger when considering the Mission Statement, Grant Criteria and Priorities (if any).
Therium Access may at its discretion consider applications for projects or cases even if a previous application was unsuccessful.