Individual applications to both the Relief in Need and Education subcommittees are
considered on a case by case basis by the trustees, following the submission of an
application form and a covering letter, detailing the applicant’s circumstances and
needs. Awards are granted according to the applicant's level of need, usually following
a visit to the applicant by one of the charity trustees.
Applications from other local charities and organisations should be submitted as
a written proposal, detailing the objectives of the organisation, an overview of
the people using that organisation (numbers and age range of users, and where they
tend to come from, as well as any specific needs), the amount of funding required,
and how the grant will be used. Once a proposal is received, a small subcommittee
of usually two or three trustees will visit the organisation in order to discuss
their proposal in detail. This subcommittee will then submit a recommendation for
funding to the main board of trustees, who will make a decision accordingly.
Any vacancy that may arise in the almshouses is advertised in the local papers. Applications
for residency are considered following the submission of an Almshouse application
form. Prospective almspeople must produce sufficient testimonials and other evidence
of their qualification for appointment, and be willing to attend an interview with
the trustees. If no almshouses are currently available, it is still be possible for
potential applicants to contact the charity office and asked to be placed on a waiting
list, in order for them to be automatically considered for residency, should a vacancy
arise in future.