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Guidelines for Grants

When applying to the Donaldson Trust please bear the following guidelines in mind:

  • The broad objective of the trust is community empowerment.It is important therefore to show howthe project will benefit the community at large.
  • The trust will not fund profit making ventures, building projects or vehicles.
  • The trust does not provide funding for individuals in the matter of scholarships, bursaries, stipends or loans.
  • The trust will rarely consider grants for general funds, running expenses or salaries.
  • The trust prefers not to fund other trusts.
  • The trust prefers not to provide funding on an ongoing basis.

Please provide the trust with the following information:

  1. Details of the Organization
  • Name and address of the organization, telephone, fax and e-mail.
  • Name and address of contact person, telephone, fax and e- mail if different from the above.
  • Briefly describe your organization, its history and current projects.
  • Provide the names of trustees or the governing committee.
  1. Details of the Project
  • Give a brief background.
  • Describe in one sentence or short paragraph the actual need or problem you wish to address.
  • Describe in more detail what resources are needed.
  1. Details of the Funding Required
  • State the amount requested.
  • Provide details of how the money will be used.
  • If possible, provide quotes or qualified estimates.
  • List other sources from whom you have requested funding.
  • Indicate whether or not you have received or been promised funding from them.

Indicate whether you are eligible for government funding

  • To what government department are you entitled to apply?
  • Have you done so?
  • What was the outcome?

Indicate whether you have received funding from the Donaldson Trust before

  • Provide dates.
  • Provide a report of the outcome of the previous donation.
  1. A copy of your financials
  • Include your latest audited statement.
  • Provide your budget for the current year.
  • Provide your bank details including the name of the bank, the branch, the branch number, the account name and the number.
  1. Additional information
  • Your annual report if available.
  • Any other relevant information including photographs, letters of recommendation and media coverage.
  1. Postage recommendations
  • Do not email applications bigger than 3Meg.
  • Post applications to The Donaldson Trust, c/o The Chairman, 10 Torwood Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa
  • For more information call the chairman, Mr Benjamin Donaldson on 0833838176 or email