Charitable Grant Policy

The Morrisons Foundation awards grants to UK registered charities to support projects which make a positive difference in local communities.  Applications are accepted and reviewed on a continual basis, there is no deadline for requests to be submitted.  In making an application you agree that the terms and conditions set out below apply to the application process and to any grant we may make to you.

Information for all applicants

The application form you have completed is a request by you to us for funding, and you acknowledge that we are under no obligation to make a grant to you and that our decision is final.

The Morrisons Foundation is a registered charity: 1160224 (England and Wales) and SC045634 (Scotland) and private company limited by guarantee.

All applications for grants must be made through the Morrisons Foundation’s website (

Grants may be applied for by any charity which is registered with the Charity Commission (England and Wales) or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (Scotland)(OSCR) for a minimum of one year and have filed their accounts on time and in accordance with the Charity Commission / OSCR requirements.

Overall funding in any year is limited. As such the Morrisons Foundation reserves the right to limit and/or withdraw all or part of a charitable grant at any point.

Charities that have previously received a grant donation can apply for further funding after completing and submitting a post-grant report.

The Morrisons Foundation will not generally consider applications which are related to:

  • Salaries, staff costs, rent costs, utilities, administration costs or any other running costs;
  • Support of ongoing services;
  • Grants, bursaries etc. to individuals;
  • Expeditions, recreation or overseas travel;
  • Fundraising events or grants to ongoing appeals;
  • Work that is primarily the statutory responsibility of public agencies;
  • Promotion of religious or political messaging;
  • Part-funding or contributions towards projects or grants in excess of £25,000;
  • Advertising, promotion or marketing of events or services;
  • Overseas appeals;
  • Conferences or seminars;
  • Charities that are newly listed on the Charity Commission / OSCR, or whose accounts are overdue or filed late;
  • Organisations that are not registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR;
  • Equipment which will be retained by individuals rather than the charity;
  • Animal charities, unless the objective is to improve the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals;
  • Projects being delivered outside England, Scotland or Wales;
  • Sports-based charities, unless the objective is to improve the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals;
  • Projects which could harm the reputation of the Foundation.

Successful applicants

If your application is successful, then these terms and conditions will apply to any funds paid by us to your charity, to support the project identified in the application.


In these terms and conditions:

  • Application means an application made by you to us for funding.
  • Grant means any grant or donation made by us to you.
  • Project means the project detailed by you in your Application.
  • Term means the period specified in any grant offer letter sent by us to you.
  • We, us, our means the Morrisons Foundation and includes its trustees and those acting for it and you and your means the applicant charity.
  1. Contract

    1. Your Application is deemed to be approved by us on written confirmation by us that we will be making a Grant to you and the amount of the Grant. Written confirmation may include an email.
    2. The Morrisons Foundation awards charitable grants at its sole discretion and in accepting the Grant, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  2. The Grant and your obligations

    1. The Grant must be used by you exclusively for the delivery of the Project, which is, and which you must ensure remains, a charitable activity for the public benefit.
    2. You agree to act in good faith in relation to your use of the Grant.
    3. You agree:
      1. to keep accurate records detailing how the Grant has been applied and to provide this information to us upon request;
      2. to maintain and not contravene any consents or approvals required for carrying out the Project.
    4. Successful applicants will receive payment electronically or by a cheque made payable to the charity responsible for the project. Cheques must be cashed within 6 months of the date of the cheque. After the expiration of 6 months, from the date of the cheque, the cheque will automatically be cancelled; and the trustees of The Morrisons Foundation reserve the right to not reissue the cheque if the applicant has failed to cash the cheque within the 6 month timeframe.
  3. Repayment of Grant

    1. Notwithstanding any other provisions in these terms and conditions, we (acting reasonably) reserve the right to ask you to repay all or any part of the Grant which in our opinion:
      1. has not been used solely for the Project;
      2. has been used for non-charitable purposes; or
      3. remains unspent at the end of the Term.
    2. Where 3.1 applies, you agree to make any such repayments within 14 working days or such other timescale as agreed by us.
  4. Reporting

    1. We may ask you for update reports on the progress of the delivery of the Project being supported by the Grant and you must then provide us with such a report promptly and in the form requested by us.
    2. We may use your reports for our reporting purposes and to publicise the activities of The Morrisons Foundation.
    3. You must comply with any reasonable requirements that we may have for site visits, compliance visits and meetings with your officers or agents at any reasonable time and on reasonable notice.
    4. You must, on request, provide us with such further information and documents as we may reasonably require in order for us to establish that the Grant has been used properly in accordance with these terms and conditions.
    5. Upon completion of the Project, you must submit a Post Project Report which outlines the benefits/outcomes delivered and is in the form prescribed by us; this is usually the one year anniversary of the date the application was approved by the Trustees. Subsequent applications for support may be prohibited from charities until a Post Project Report has been submitted.
  5. Serious incident reporting

    1. We are under an obligation to report to the Charity Commission serious incidents involving our partners which materially affect us, our staff, operations, finances and/or reputation. As a grant recipient of funding from us you are and will be a partner for these purposes. You must therefore inform us when an incident occurs that is serious enough to be reported to the Charity Commission, so that we can consider, and if necessary meet, our own reporting obligations to the Charity Commission and, where required, take further appropriate action. Guidance on what may constitute a serious incident in your charity for these purposes can be found here:
    2. If an incident has occurred and you are unsure whether it might materially affect us, our staff, our operations, our finances and/or our reputation then you should contact us and we will consider what action, if any, we need to take.
    3. You must report any serious incident to us (providing full and frank disclosure) as soon as is reasonably possible after it happens, or immediately after you become aware of it, by contacting our Corporate Services Specialist, Mr J Scargill on
    4. For further general information on serious incident reporting please follow the link below:
  6. Publicity and marketing

    We and Morrisons Plc may publicise details of the successful Projects on-line, in our literature and in the relevant Morrisons stores. You agree that we may disclose the existence of the nature of our relationship with you for publicity purposes and use the information and images included in your Application (or provided to us separately) to use in our literature, online and/or to display in the relevant Morrisons store for publicity purposes.

  7. Termination

    1. If we have specified a Term, our agreement with you will end on the expiration of the Term.
    2. We may cease to provide the Grant (or any unpaid instalments of the Grant) and terminate our agreement with you immediately if any of the following happens:
      1. you breach any of these terms and conditions, including the use of the Grant;
      2. you cease trading or become unable to repay your debts and/or an insolvency situation arises (for example a receiver, liquidator or administrator, trustee or similar is appointed over any of your assets or you propose to make any arrangement with your creditors or you enter into liquidation);
      3. you do something which has, or which we deem may have, the potential to materially damage our brand, our reputation or goodwill. For the avoidance of doubt, such activity by you may not necessarily be through work undertaken on the Project, it could be through other areas of your work; or
      4. you are unable to perform your obligations under these terms and conditions.
  8. Data

    1. In this clause, “Data Protection Legislation” means all applicable data protection legislation and privacy legislation in force from time to time in the UK including the General Data Protection Regulations ((EU) 20016/679 )(GDPR), and the Data Protection Act 2018.
    2. All information and data (including personal data as defined by the Data Protection Legislation) collected or obtained by you in relation to the provision of the Project (Data) will remain your property (or that of your licensors). However, we and our agents shall be entitled to use the Data for any purpose, including for analysis and statistical purposes, for market research, for the general promotion of our activities and for auditing purposes, provided that any personal data shall only be used in accordance with our privacy policy at You shall provide the Data and such other requisite information in accordance with these terms and conditions.
    3. You agree and acknowledge that we and our agents shall have the right to use any Data for the purposes set out in Clause 8.2 above and you shall ensure that data subjects are informed of and, to the extent applicable, consent to our and our agents' access to and use of the Data that is collected in relation to them. You shall ensure that such notice is given/consent obtained at the time of collection of any such Data and such wording is included in any agreement, quotation form, contract form, referral form or application form.
  9. VAT

    You acknowledge that the Grant is not part of any taxable supply for VAT purposes by you to us. You understand our obligation does not extend to paying you any amounts in respect of VAT in addition to the Grant and that the Grant made by us is inclusive of VAT.

  10. General

    1. Overall funding in any year is limited. You acknowledge that we can only guarantee payment of the Grant as long as funds are available. As such The Morrisons Foundation reserves the right to limit and/or to withdraw all or part of a Grant at any point.
    2. You may not transfer any part of the Grant or any rights under it to another organisation or individual, unless you have entered into an agreement which must have been authorised by us in writing, permitting you to work with another organisation in delivering the Project.
    3. Any variations to these terms and conditions shall not be valid unless agreed in writing by us.
    4. Any notice or communication to be given under these terms and conditions must be made in writing. We will assume any notice has been received two working days after the date it was posted. We will also assume that any notice given electronically shall be deemed to have been received at the beginning of the next working day, so long as a confirmation of sending receipt is received. Notices shall be sent to:
      1. The Morrisons Foundation:
        Hilmore House
        Gain Lane
        West Yorkshire
        BD3 7DL
      2. or to such other address(es) as we may notify to you from time to time; and
    5. you at the address provided to us by you on the Application.
  11. These terms and conditions and the documents referred to in them (including the Application) contain everything agreed between the parties in relation to the Grant.
  12. If a court decides that part of these terms and conditions are not enforceable in law, that decision does not alter the enforceability of the rest of the terms and conditions.
  13. The Grant, these terms and conditions and all disputes and claims arising out of or in connection with them will be governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction.
Please note: no material change to the Project or its implementation as set out in the application may be made by you without the prior consent in writing of The Morrisons Foundation