Exclusions and Glossary

How to Apply (UK)
The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues.

Exclusions and Glossary

We do not consider applications:

  • Outside our four areas of special interest
  • For medical research
  • For retrospective funding
  • For capital appeals
  • For campaigning and lobbying work
  • From statutory bodies such as hospitals, local authorities, government departments or schools
  • For endowments
  • For one-off events (including performances, festivals, conferences, holidays, respite breaks and residential trips)
  • For community transport schemes and vehicle purchases
  • For church halls and community centres
  • For running costs of local organisations
  • For feasibility studies or scoping work
  • From individuals
  • From organisations working or based outside the UK
  • From brand new organisations
  • From organisations which have applied and been rejected within the last 12 months
  • From charities supporting active or former servicemen and women

We reserve the right to make exceptions to our published guidance from time to time. The above exclusions to do not apply to Expressions of Interest submitted through the Better Careers for Better Care programme.   

Free reserves

Reserves are the unrestricted funds held as the general funds of the charity. We calculate your free reserves by looking at the total value of your assets and deducting any property (tangible fixed assets, such as buildings or computers), any restricted funds, and any permanent endowments. We include in your free reserves any expendable endowments and also consider designated funds to be part of your free reserves (unless they have been designated because they represent property, or grant commitments that you have made to others). Free reserves can also be called unrestricted reserves.


Outputs are what you do and can include services offered, products sold or given away (for example, booklets), and facilities provided. People use outputs to achieve the changes they want.


Outcomes are the differences made by the work you do, the changes, benefits and learning or other effects that happen as a result of your outputs. They can be wanted or unwanted, expected or unexpected.


Impact is the broader or longer-term effects of a project or organisation’s outputs, outcomes and activities. Often, these are effects on people other than the direct service users of a project, or on a broader field such as government policy.


Complete the Eligibility Check to download our application form.