Grant-making policy

The Trust’s aim is to provide grants to support the Humanist schools in Uganda. Applicant schools must be run on a not-for-profit basis and have procedures in place for monitoring educational standards and for financial control and governance that are acceptable to the Trust. Membership and adherence to the principles of the Uganda Humanist Schools Association (hereafter known as “The Association”) is normally sufficient to allow a school to meet these requirements.

The methods of support may include scholarships for needy students, funds for learning materials, staffing, staff development, school buildings and infrastructure. The Trust reserves the right to change the way it supports education in the schools in order to best meet its stated objects.

The Trustees consider applications for funds from individual Humanist schools or collectively, where the latter is judged to be more appropriate. Where bids exceed the funds available, Trustees reserve the right to provide a proportion of the funds requested or to mount an appeal for additional funds to meet a need that has been identified.

The Trust may offer grants to schools for specific purposes determined by the Trustees or according to conditions set by donors.

Applications can be sent at any time of the year by e-mail to

They should set out clearly, on the appropriate application form:

  1. How the money will be used.
  2. A justification of why this is a current priority.
  3. Itemised cost estimates.
  4. How the applicant proposes to report on the outcomes from the use of the grant.

Documentary evidence is required of all expenditures and written and photographic evidence of the completed action.

Scholarships and all other funds will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of appropriate organisations, normally those of individual schools, and never to the bank accounts of private individuals.

The Trust requires copies of the annual reports and accounts of grant recipients, which must record both the income and expenditures related to the UHST grant. These should itemise other external sources of funds and how they were used. Double funding of the same cost is disallowed, but the Trust will consider proposals based upon the co-funding of a large item with another appropriate donor organisation.

Pre-proposal: Applicants may wish to discuss their needs informally without commitment on either side, before submitting a formal application.

In cases of genuine emergency requests will be assessed immediately.

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