Stage 2 applications

Stage 2 applications

When a Stage 2 application is invited, guidelines (see below) are issued providing further details of what information should be contained in your Stage 2 application. 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).

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

All second stage 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.

Please note that match funding is generally expected to be in place before a Stage 2 application is submitted (except in cases where the total project cost is under £50,000). Match funding 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. Generally, it should not include non-capital costs such as staff costs or other core funding costs.

Stage 2 applications must be submitted in multiple hard copy, and cannot be made online. There is no form (other than a brief cover sheet) or template. This allows scope for you to present your application in a way that reflects your organisation and brings your project to life (within the limits outlined in our guidance notes).

It is important to note that 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).

Stage 2 guidance notes

Please download the guidance notes issued to organisations invited to submit a Stage 2 application under our Science & Medicine, Arts & Humanities or Health & Disability programmes. We have also created illustrative examples of how to present your project's aims, anticipated outcomes and financial information to accompany these guidelines. Note that in addition to this general guidance, the letter inviting you to submit a Stage 2 application may contain specific guidance, such as areas of your project that the application should focus on. You can also download the summary sheet that must accompany your applications.

Secondary Education guidance

Download our Secondary Education programme guidance.