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Applications are OPEN

APPLICATIONS ARE OPENING ON THIS SPECIFIC DATE FOR UNIVERSITY AND HIGHER EDUCATIONAL TUITION FEE REQUESTS, WHICH WILL BE PRIORITISED DUE TO THE DEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 ENROLMENTS. 

EXPECT DELAYS IN PROCESSING YOUR APPLICATION FOR ANY OTHER REQUESTS. 

Please see our 'Useful Links' page in the meantime for alternative organisations that may also be able to support you.

We politely ask that, during the current COVID-19 restrictions you do not email or call to check the progress of your application, as this slows the process down. Please be assured, that we will contact you as soon as we start working on your application, but it may take a little longer to gather relevant references and supporting information before it can be presented to the Trustees for their consideration.

 

We are a small team of two, handling high volumes of applications, some of which are more urgent or complex than others, which influences how quickly we can respond to applications received.

We appreciate that your circumstances may have changed significantly over recent weeks/months during the Covid-19 Pandemic, but unfortunately WE ARE NOT able to provide grants for rent arrears, housing costs, debts, utility bills or daily living costs.

If you are in need of help with any of these, we advise you to speak to your Personal Advisor, Social Worker, Local Authority or housing Officer to address your needs. 

Thank you for your patience.

Making an Application

  • Please read all information below and on the 'Who can Apply' & 'How we can help' pages.  You will also find it useful to download and read our guidance notes by clicking the 'Guidance Notes' button above on the right.  
  • This will help you complete your application and avoid any disappointment of being declined if you do not meet the criteria or, are asking for a grant for something we are not able to help with.

If you have an unfinished application, or did not submit your application before we closed, you will not be able to complete the submission process at this stage. However you will be able to login when we next open, to complete and submit it, using the email address and password you previously used. 

For online applications, please make sure you digitally sign your application, as it cannot be accepted without this due to Data Protection and Consent legislation.

IMPORTANT:  It is your responsibility to keep us informed of any change to your contact details

If, after several attempts we are unable to contact you by phone, text or email, any time after you have submitted an application, your application will close.

In addition, any grant awarded but not used within 4 weeks of the applicant being informed of the award, will expire and be withdrawn, unless an extenstion of time has been previously agreed by the Trustees.

Information we need

The questions we ask,  help us make responsible decisions about how we use CCLT funds and the amount of grant we might give you. This means we need you to complete all sections of the application form as fully as you can.

It is important that you provide full details of income and benefits for yourself and anyone living with you, and all your weekly bills and spending.

By also telling us about your time in care, and including the details of two people who are in a position to confirm your circumstances, it will help The Trustees consider your application more quickly.

Who decides?

CCLT has three Trustees.

  • Any two Trustees can authorise grants up to £2000
  • All three Trustees must authorise awards over £2000

Trustees can consider awards of up to £3000 specifically in relation to Higher Education or professional course costs.

How long will it take?

UNIVERSITY TUITION FEES WILL BE PRIORITISED

When submitting a completed online application, you should receive a confirmation message that it has been submitted.

We then aim to contact you within 6-8 weeks of applying, and give a decision as quickly as possible following that.  It can take up to 12 weeks for a decision, depending on  the purpose of the grant, your individual circumstances and the number of applications being processed and considered at the time. 

If your needs are more urgent, there is a list of charities and organisations that may be able to help you more quickly, on our ‘Useful Links' page.

Submitting an Application

There are 3 ways for you to apply:

The fastest way to apply is online by clicking the 'Apply online' button above on the day applications open.

Alternatively you can print off a pdf copy of the application form to complete by hand and email it to info@capstonetrust.org or post it to:


The Capstone Care Leavers’ Trust
28 The Green
Kings Norton
Birmingham
B38 8SD.

PLEASE NOTE: If you email a pdf format of your application, or send a copy by post, we must receive by Friday 30th JULY 2021.

Applications received after this date will not be processed.

 

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