Stage 2 applications

Stage 2 applications

Applicants who are invited to Stage 2 are required to follow our Stage 2 Application Guidelines (below).

The deadlines for most Stage 2 applications are 1 March (for the Spring funding round, with a decision in June) and 1 September (for the Autumn funding round, with a decision in December). Grants are not made retrospectively, and so your project must be ongoing at the time at which a funding decision is made (i.e. June or December).

Please note that deadlines differ for applications from mainstream secondary schools and sixth form colleges, the timetable for which is available here.

Before applying

Unless otherwise agreed, any necessary planning permission should be obtained and at least 50% of the capital costs raised before submitting a Stage 2 application (except in cases where the total project cost is under £50,000). Eligible funds raised may include any capital costs, including VAT and professional fees (these latter two costs may not be funded via Wolfson grants), related to the project. They should not include non-capital costs such as staff costs or other core funding costs.

Review process

All Stage 2 applications are sent to expert reviewers (or in the case of secondary schools and sixth form colleges, visited by an assessor) and are then considered by an expert panel, who make recommendations to the Trustees. More about our application review process is here. If questions or queries are raised by expert reviewers or by the panel, applicants are given a chance to respond.

Stage 2 application guidelines by programme

If you have been invited to Stage 2, please download the Summary Sheet and Stage 2 Application Guidelines under the programme specified in your invitation letter:


Complete as digital form or print as PDF

Secondary Education application guidelines

Secondary Education Stage 2 application guidelines can be found here.