Purpose of the Grants
The Mainstay Foundation is a charitable organisation that seeks to be the flagship organisation in community development. Specifically, our organisation’s mission is to assist in the advancement of Shia Ithna Ashari (Twelver) Muslim communities globally in the areas of Religion, Education and development. A critical way in which we do this is through the provision of grants to organisations who share our goals and objectives, details of which can be found here.
Applying for a Grant Award
Step 1) Organisation Verification
Prior to applying for the grant, you must register your organisation with the Mainstay Foundation. This first step of the Grant request process will allow us to register your details and verify critical aspects of your organisation through various mechanisms. Once everything has been checked we will issue you with a a unique Mainstay Foundation verification number, which will be needed throughout the Grant request process. You only have to complete the organisation verification form once in order to register and apply for grants. Please click here to register and verify your organisation through an online form.
Step 2) Grant Request Application
Once your Organisation has been verified and you have been issued a unique Mainstay Foundation verification number you are free to apply for grants through online Grant request application forms which can be found by clicking here. The application should be answered comprehensively and accurately, which will shorten our reviewing progress and allows us to notify you of the applications outcome as soon as possible.
Step 3) Final Progress Report
Once your grant request application has been approved and upon receipt of the grant funds, you are required to complete a final progress report. This report essentially entails the description of the use of the funds awarded to you, how you have met your objectives and the successes/ shortcomings you have had in the use of the funds. This is a critical part of the grant request process, as it allows us to improve our future services, in addition to providing us with a critical monitoring tool to assess the use of the grants awarded to you. The deadline for the final progress report is three months from the date of the grant awarded to you, however, we kindly request an earlier completion date. Final progress reports can be found here.
2018 Muharram Grant Award – Deadline 31/08/18
Here at The Mainstay Foundation we pride ourselves on our identity as lovers of the Ahlulbayt (as). In light of the tragic and monumental month of Muharram we are offering grants to centres and organisations seeking to carry out Muharram programmes which commemorating the tragedy of Ashura, seeks to rejuvenate, educate and inspire community members towards the path of Imam Hussain (as). Delivery of these grants are part of our charitable objective of advancing the religion of Islam and applicants must prove that they are able to successfully implement a beneficial programme which caters to the needs of community members. Should applicants be successful, a final progress report must be completed within three months of the date they received the funds as part of the grant award. Funding should be used to cover the costs of a speaker; their travel costs, their time (if applicable), in addition to costs associated with the venue ( hiring costs etc).
Please select this link to complete a 2018 Muharram grant request application.
General Grant Award
In some cases, The Mainstay Foundation will consider none specifically advertised projects for grant awards. In order to be considered for these, applicants will generally have to apply for grants that relate to the organisation and implementation of a religious occasions that focus upon the advancement of religion of Islam in accordance with the Shia Ithna Ashari faith. Other considerations are for Organisations who need funding to maintain the running and general maintenance of their Organisation, so as long as the Organisation in itself shares and strives to achieve one or more of our charitable objectives, in addition to costs that are associated with the general development of an Organisation. Other requests for funding through a general grant award request application may also be considered. Please note, this application is only open to UK and European based Organisations.
Please select this link to complete a general grant request application.
2018 Summer Camp/Scheme Grant Award – Now Closed
At The Mainstay Foundation, we place great emphasis on community development, a important part of which are summer camps/schemes that focus on developing and promoting youths and their families religious, educational and physical growth among other things. Continuing from last years grant award, we will be offering funding to organisations who are planning to deliver summer programmes that provide a fun and creative outlet, yet also spiritually invigorating experiences for youths and their families.Please note, this grant award is only available to UK and European based applications.
2018 Ramadhan Grant Award- Now Closed
The Mainstay Foundation’s focus upon achieving our charitable objective of the advancement of religion of Islam, in accordance with the Shia Ithna Ashari faith means that we are proud to announce the now available Ramadhan grant awards for the 2018 calendar year. Similarly to the previous years grant award, applicants will be considered in relation to a project that centred around the holy month of Ramadhan caters to the spiritual, religious and educational needs of its community members. Funding should be used to cover the costs of a speaker; their travel costs, their time (if applicable), in addition to costs associated with the venue (Such as hiring costs etc) and more generally (if applicable) costs associated with the project as a whole.
2017 Muharram Grant Award- Now Closed
In light of the tragic month of Muharram, soon approaching, The Mainstay Foundation, in line with its mission to promote community development, is offering the 2017 Muharram Grant Award. As per our key areas of focus, the advancement of the religion of Islam, in accordance with the Shia Ithna Ashari faith, involves the propagation of the teachings of the Quran and the Ahlulbayt (a.s). A critical way of doing this involves funding organisations and centres who in line with our objectives serve the community in this need by delivering commemorations- especially that of Muharram. As such, we are offering grants of up to £3000, to those seeking to plan and implement Muharram programme which involves the delivery of a lecture/ lecture series and or an reciter, alongside an expected audience. It is expected that such a programme in question, will fulfil the needs of community members, who during this month, require a passionate, spiritual and educational outlet, central to which is the legacy and teachings imparted from Imam Hussain (a.s). Upon receipts of this Grant, the recipient is expected to only use the funding in question to cover the costs of the speakers travels, the venue and the speakers time (if applicable).
2017 Summer Camp/Scheme Grant Award – Now Closed
We are pleased to announce the provision of a new 2017 Summer Camp/Scheme Grant. In line with our focus upon community development, which entails educational, spiritual and physical empowerment amongst other things as guided by our emphasis upon the advancement of the religion of Islam in accordance with the Shia Ithna Ashari faith, this grant seeks to award an unspecified figure (subject to request in line with project budget) to Organisations planning and carrying out a summer initiative primarily for youth. The Summer initiative is expected to be a fulfilling summer experience that aims to empower youth spiritually and educationally, foster productivity and vision and importantly also provide a wholesome and entertaining outlet for those participating, all of which is critical in youths development.
2017 Ramadhan Grant- Now Closed
In light of our focus upon the advancement of the Religion of Islam in accordance with the Shia Ithna Ashari faith and the upcoming holy month of Ramadhan, we are pleased to announce the provision of the 2017 Ramadhan Grant Award. This entails providing grants in the amount of £500-£3000 to various centres and organisations, who sharing our goals and objectives specifically with regards to the propagation of the Ithna Ashari faith, are planning to implement a Ramadhan programme that includes a speaker and or reciter within an audience setting. These programs should be available to the community and expected to serve their needs, in providing an educationally enlightening and spiritual outlet in this holy month. Upon receipts of this Grant, the recipient is expected to only use the funding in question to cover the costs of the speakers travels, the venue and the speakers time (if applicable).
We will update this web page as soon as any other Grants are available.
Last updated 31/07/18