FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the SafeToNet Foundation fund?

  • We will consider applications from UK registered not-for-profit organisations
  • Applications will be considered from organisations that have completed at least two years of activity and are able to submit accounts
  • Grants will be awarded for a single financial year
  • You must be an independent not-for-profit organisation
  • The SafeToNet Foundation grant must be used to further the safeguarding of children especially with regard to their on-line experience. This may be by way of specific defined projects with measurable outcomes, or original research
  • We will work with charities and organisations are involved in best safeguarding practice and which provide the most effective projects and initiatives to safeguard children and young people from risks such as:
    • cyber-bullying
    • sexting
    • on-line grooming and
    • harmful content

How much can be applied for?

  • We will assess all acceptable applications on a case by case basis. We can fund safeguarding Projects or Research to the lower of 50% of the costs or £20,000.

What does “Safeguarding children” mean?

The UK Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as: ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.”

We believe that the internet in general and social media in particular do not have sufficient or effective safeguards in place to realise this definition of child safeguarding. While SafeToNet’s safeguarding application is an intelligent tool that helps safeguard children’s on-line experience, there is much more to do. The SafeToNet Foundation exists to work with and enable other organisations’ child safeguarding efforts.

Can we apply if we are a new organisation?

The SafeToNet Foundation can only award grants to organisations with at least two years of audited, filed accounts. We also expect organisations to be able to demonstrate a track record of service delivery.

Can we apply even if we are not a registered charity?

The SafeToNet Foundation can make Grants available only to charities registered with the Charities Commission.

What length of funding do you provide?

Grants will be awarded for a single financial year.

Are there any geographical restrictions?

The SafeToNet Foundation’s geographic focus is the UK, however we can fund overseas projects as long as the project is carried out under the direct control of a UK Registered Charity with a minimum of 3 years filed accounts.

What don’t you fund?

  • We do not fund projects that are completed by the time of our decision
  • We do not fund projects that support a political or religious persuasion
  • We will not fund start-up costs
  • We do not fund Statutory services including local or national authorities, NHS hospitals or services, prisons and state schools
  • We do not fund universities, further education colleges or independent schools
  • We do not fund core operating costs except where there is a direct impact on the safeguarding of children, especially with regard to their online experience
  • We will not fund other grant making charities except through a match funding partnership
  • We will not fund community centres and youth clubs except where there is a direct impact on the safeguarding of children, especially with regard to their online experience
  • We will not fund overseas projects unless the project is carried out under the direct control of a UK Registered Charity with a minimum of 3 years filed accounts
  • We will not fund organisations with an annual income of £1m or more

Can you fund a project that is already in flight?

  • Yes we can find projects already in flight, subject to review by our Grant Award Committee.

Will you visit us?

Yes. Representatives of the SafeToNet Foundation will visit the project we are funding as part of our due diligence process. Depending on the size of the Grant, we may hold regular progress report meetings with you to ensure the project is on track to meet its KPIs.

Can I email my submission or submit it online?

Submissions should be submitted online at www.thesafetonetfoundation.org

How will I know that you have received my application?

We will send an acknowledgment email advising that we have received your application.

How long will it take to process or assess my application?

We aim to make a decision on 95% of grant applications within 3 months of receipt.  Applications for larger grants can take up to 6 months depending on the cycle of Trustee meetings and the due diligence visits.

What happens if my application is successful?

We will send you an award letter together with an award agreement and BACS form

You must agree to the conditions of the grant by signing and returning the Terms and Conditions of the award agreement.

Payments will be made when the signed acceptance agreement and BACs forms are received.

You will be assigned a Grants Manager that will be your single point of contact with the SafeToNet Foundation.

You are already finding my organisation, can I apply for another grant?

We can fund only one Grant at a time for any given applicant.

My application was turned down, how long before I can reapply?

Applicants that have been turned down for a SafeToNet Foundation Grant may re-apply after a period of 12 months has elapsed from the date of the letter or email we sent you advising that your application had been unsuccessful.

Can I apply for Revenue or Core costs?

Yes, we will fund Revenue or Core costs to a maximum of £1000

What do you mean by a business or project plan?

All applications must be accompanied by a detailed budget. The format of the budget is up to you, however your budget needs to:

  • Show projected income if relevant for the proposed application, and all expenditure for the funding that you are requesting our support for
  • Make sense in relation to the child safeguarding narrative of your application
  • Include costings for everything you are proposing to deliver in your application
  • Make basic financial sense. Please check your figures carefully to make sure your budget adds up correctly

Please detail in your business or project plan the full cost of the project you are asking us to fund. You can apply to us for some of your overheads (Core costs or Revenue) as well as the direct costs of a project. Please ensure that any overhead amounts are proportional to your request.

Direct project costs are costs that relate clearly and directly to a project. Examples of these include the salaries of project workers, volunteer expenses, and small items of equipment such as a laptop if this is essential to the project.

Overheads are costs that partly support the project, but also support other projects or activities that your organisation provides. Examples include a proportion of the salaries of core staff (such as your administrators or senior managers), rent and utility costs.

Can I apply for capital funding?

We do not currently fund capital projects.

My charity’s objects include the promotion of religion, although we do other work – can I apply?

We do not fund projects that promote any religion, however if your project provides clear and measurable improvement in the safeguarding of children, especially with regard to their on-line experience, then we will consider your application on its own merits

I have received an email saying you’ve noticed my project and would like to fund, is this for real?

No, the SafeToNet Foundation does not approach other organisations in this way with regard to grants.

Do you have application deadlines?

We do not have application deadlines.

How do I submit my progress and end of grant reports?

You will work with your appointed Grants Manager who will manage and review the regular progress and end of grant reports.

How often do the Trustees meet and who are they?

Trustees meet four times a year but procedures exist to give approvals between meeting dates if necessary.

We do not publish the dates of our Trustee meetings.

Our Trustees are Sharon Pursey, Ted Hailey, Victoria Saer and Neil Fairbrother.

Do you fund salaries?

We do not fund salaries that are non-project specific. We do however fund salaries that are project-specific, for example a Project Leader on one of the projects your organisation delivers. If you are applying for a project-specific salary, then please send us the full budget for that project, not just the salary costs of that one individual.

Can I apply for research funding?

Yes. Research can be funded as a project. Research can be funded in child safeguarding covering:

  • Bullying/Cyber-bullying
  • Sexting and/or sextortion
  • On or offline grooming
  • Harmful content

Can I apply for project funding?

Yes, as long as there are clearly defined and agreed KPIs as the measurable outcome.

Please detail in your business or project plan the full cost of the project you are asking us to fund. You can apply to us for some of your overheads as well as the direct costs of a project. Please ensure that any overhead amounts are proportional to your request.

Direct project costs are costs that relate clearly and directly to a project. Examples of these include the salaries of project workers, volunteer expenses, and small items of equipment such as a laptop if essential to the project.

Overheads are costs that partly support the project, but also support other projects or activities that your organisation provides. Examples include a proportion of the salaries of core staff (such as your administrators or senior managers), rent and utility costs.

Project funding can be used to fund research in child safeguarding covering:

  • Bullying/Cyber-bullying
  • Sexting and/or sextortion
  • On or offline grooming
  • Harmful content

We recommend that you have around half of your project funding identified before applying to the SafeToNet Foundation.

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