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This page aims to keep you up-to-date with useful info about funding opportunities inside Westminster and more widely in London. Also make sure to check the training and events page for an updated list of training opportunities and events. 

One Westminster can also help your organisation through the Online Resources section of this website and through our staff team.

Funding for the Covid-19 Crisis

Independent Age Grants Fund

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Independent Age has decided to release £2 million from its own funds to help smaller organisations across the UK who are working with some of the older people hardest hit by the virus.

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 for up to six months are available to registered charities with at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine) and an annual income of £1 million or less (averaged across the last three financial years).

You must be already working with older people in one or both of our two priority areas – older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations and older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind.

There will be four rounds of grant-making, with £500,000 available in each of June, July, August and September 2020.

2nd Round deadline: 9am on 2 July 2020

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BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Next Step Grants Programme

The Next Steps programme is designed to deliver support for children and young people aged 0-18 years affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Registered charities will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020. These grants can last up to 18 months. It is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.

Deadline: 1 July 2020

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Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund

The purpose of the fund  is to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. The fund will be a responsive programme of grant funding, open to institutions and not-for-profit organisations working in the educational sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build back better.

Projects must support at least one of Edge’s strategic priorities:

  • A broad, flexible and engaging education
  • High quality respected professional and vocational education
  • Education connected to employers and the community

And address at least one of the following issues or challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis:

  • How professional and vocational education, including apprenticeships, can be delivered and supported by online learning. This can include the development of online curriculum and resources; and/or how to deliver training in the use of online and remote learning for teaching professionals
  • How to deliver mentoring and support for students and/or apprentices whether studying within educational institutions, in the workplace or remotely
  • How to deliver and develop essential employability skills in young people when relationships with employers and the community may have been disrupted or otherwise affected by the Covid-19 crisis
  • How education, including apprenticeships, could be delivered differently or better following the Covid-19 crisis.

Applications are welcomed for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000.

Deadline: midday on 9 July 2020.

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The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation COVID–19 Emergency Fund

The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position.

Grants are for a maximum of £1,000.

Who can apply:

  • The organisation must be a charity, CIC or registered society
  • The organisation’s income must be no more than £500,000 and have free reserves of no more than £100,000
  • The organisation must operate in one of the following categories:
    • Education (relating to non-domestic animals, such as organic farming, animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery)
    • Visual and performing arts
    • Medical research
    • The relief of disability or severe illness
    • The accommodation of those in need.
  • The application must relate to the financial impact of COVID-19, starting no earlier than 1 March 2020.

What can the funds be used for

  • Staff costs and other overheads (except where staff are not required and/or staff could have been furloughed) where income has been affected by COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Increased demand for services linked directly to COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Changes to working practices, such as the purchase of laptops or remote access technology, protective equipment to work safely with beneficiaries; and
  • Deep cleaning of premises because of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

This first stage response fund aims to provide quick and straightforward grants of up to £10,000 to specialist ‘by, for and with’ women’s organisations across the UK; it is an open call for UK women’s organisations to apply for what they identify as a short term funding need that has arisen as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Applications can be submitted at any time from 5pm on Friday 5 June and will be considered on a rolling basis. Organisations will be notified of a decision on their application within approximately two weeks.

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British Muslim Covid-19 Fund

This fund is to help voluntary and community organisations in the UK irrespective of faith affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants from £250 up to £5,000 are available.

The Fund is split into two programmes:

  • Small grants of £250 to £1,000
  • Major grants of £1,000 to £5,000

The Fund will remain open until the funds are depleted.

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NSUN Covid-19 Fund

NSUN is administering a small fund to support user-led organisations (ULOs) and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Grants of up to £1000 will be available to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period.

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Reaching Communities England

This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. This COVID-19 focus is expected to last for up to six months, but the situation will be reviewed in July. The programme can fund activities supporting people affected by the crisis. You can also apply for funding if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19.

Given the emergency, they're looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure and they expect most funding will be between £10,000 and £100,000. But they'll consider larger awards or longer timeframes by exception.

Organisations who are not looking for COVID-19 related funding are invited to NOT submit an application at this time as all resources need to be focused on helping communities through the pandemic.

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National Lottery Awards for All England

Awards for All is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. All the funding decisions for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current COVID-19 crisis.

This means they will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application for Awards for All that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for this funding and that they might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months.

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London Community Response Fund

The second wave of this emergency funding has been announced. The two streams are:

  • Crisis response - Grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs;
  • Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand.

Please read the guidance on the different eligibility and focus of each programme.

There is a weekly rolling deadline until further notice.

UPDATE: Delivering differently grants programme has been paused. Crisis response programme is still open.

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The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities tackling the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.

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Magic Little Grants 2020

Delivered in partnership with Postcode Community Trust, the fund will be awarding £500 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. Organisations must have an annual income under £250,000 or be in your first year of operation.

Organisations who are not members of Localgiving will also benefit from an annual membership funded by Postcode Community Trust, which will provide them with access to Localgiving’s suite of online fundraising tools.

Organisations do not need to wait for the deadline to apply and receive their grant.

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

  1. Organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and we do not require specific dates for projects that you would like us to support. We want our funding to be able to be used flexibly and trust that you will deliver projects only when it is safe to do so.
  2. We are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.

Deadline: 31 October 2020.

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Innovation Fund

During COVID-19 they are looking to fund projects that will help people in our local communities connect and reduce isolation. You can apply for up to £1000 to bring your idea to life and help support people through this challenging time. For more information email lisa.harston@sashlondon.org

Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers' Company has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to UK registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) who support:

– the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless;
– provision of food and essential supplies;
– victims of domestic violence;
– nursing care to vulnerable patients.

UPDATE: Applications are now closed and will reopen in August 2020

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Sport England - Community Emergency Fund

UPDATE: This fund is temporarily paused to new applications.

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances we’ll consider awards of more than £10,000. The eligible organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere

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CAF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY FUND

Applications for this round of funding are now paused

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for organisations whose income in the last financial year was less than £1m to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or your Covid-19 emergency response activities. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.  You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community.  

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Funding

Westminster Local Funders

For a list of the Westminster local funders please consult the Westminster Funding Directory on our Online Resources

June

TWO MAGPIES FUND

Two Magpies Fund gives out small grants (up to £15,000) to charities and community organisations, working with women who have experienced abuse and children growing up in poverty and difficult circumstances.  Organisations working in Camden, Haringey, Westminster and Islington are eligible.

Deadline: 30 June 2020

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July

STRONGER COMMUNITIES FUND

The Stronger Communities Fund is part of the Mayor's Sport Unites programme. This is part of the Mayor's vision to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world. 

Grants between £2,000 and £5,000 will be available for projects that use sport and physical activity to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, as well as helping isolated and lonely Londoners feel better connected in their communities. 

The Stronger Communities Fund will support not-for-profit, small or informal organisations and groups, as well as individuals who often find it harder to access funding.

This is a one-year rolling programme so you can apply at any time before 27 July 2020.

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September

Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Foundation gives grants to registered charities for projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. However, the Peter Cruddas Foundation will be looking to the applicant to demonstrate that they can manage the amount they have applied for and how they intend to continue (if appropriate) after the funding has been spent.

Deadline: 1 September 2020

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Anytime

Heritage Lottery Young Roots

Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime.

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The Charles Haywood Foundation

The Charles Hayward Foundation is a grant-making charitable trust which is located in the United Kingdom. They make grants to charities which are registered through two different programmes:

Main grant programme

Social & Criminal Justice and Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000).

Small grant programme

Social & Criminal Justice and Older People (for charities with an income of less than£350,000).

The Foundation predominantly funds capital costs. Projects that are preventive or provide early intervention are encouraged with a preferred area of impact at the community and neighbourhood level.

Size of grant is typically £15,000 to £25,000. Where agreed, project funding may be for up to a maximum of three years in duration. Small grant scheme makes grants of up to £7,000.

The trustees meet only four times a year to consider applications and you may have a wait of several months before you receive a decision. On average, trustees approve one in twenty applications.

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Hilden Charitable Fund

The main interests of the Trustees of the Hilden Charitable Fund are:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Community Based Initiatives for Young People Aged 16-25
  • Homelessness
  • Penal Affairs
  • Overseas Countries

Grants are rarely given to well funded national charities. Fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at a community level within the categories of interest stated above.

Preference is given to charities with an income of less than £200,000 per year.  Priorities given to different types of work within the main categories may change from time to time, as dictated by circumstances. Capital or revenue grants rarely exceed £5,000.

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Tesco Bags Of Help

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support community projects that involve the development and use of open spaces. Projects that involve volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities are welcomed.

Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time.

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Youth Futures Foundation

The Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people. Organisations must have an annual turnover of over £100,000 and have been operating for at least 3 years – with a track record of working with young people who are, or are at risk of, becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and face barriers to finding and keeping decent jobs.

Funding is for a 6-12 month period of planning and set up from September 2020 onwards, during which time no direct delivery to young people will be required. This will be followed by funding for a delivery phase from January 2021 onwards, by which time they hope face to face work will be possible again. They operate an open, rolling application process throughout the year; this means that there are no application deadlines.

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Henry Smith - Strengthening Communities

The Strengthening Communities grant programme aims to support and strengthen the most disadvantaged and deprived communities across the UK and is only open to grassroots organisations with annual incomes of between £20k and £500k that are working in areas in the bottom 10% on the government Indices of Multiple Deprivation. This grant programme is intended to be as flexible and helpful as possible to the organisations supported so it will provide grants for running costs which may include rent, overheads and salaries, as well as small capital costs needed to support the work.

They fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries and are looking for organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs.

They want to fund work that enables:

  • People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • A stronger, active, more engaged community.

The amount requested must be between £20,000 and £60,000 per year. The maximum length of funding that can be requested is three years.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Sanctuary Hosting Grand Ideas Fund

Funding of up to £1,000 is available to charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations for projects that aim to make a difference to the lives of Sanctuary Housing residents and communities within Westminster.

Successful projects will meet at least one of these themes:

  • Employment, Education, Skills and Training
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community safety and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Financial inclusion

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LLOYDS BANK FOUNDATION

Charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1m that work across England and Wales tackling complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse and with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change in their local communities can apply for a grant worth up to £45,000 and £100,000 over three years that can be used entirely for core costs, with charities able to flex how much they spend each year. Your charity must also have been delivering direct services for at least one year.

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Foyle Foundation

The small grants scheme is designed to support smaller charities, especially those working at a grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activitices. Applications are welcomed from charities with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 per annum. Charities can apply for a grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project activities. Charities must show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work.

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ChangeMaker - Santander

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities. Santander has £200,000 to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by achieving at least one of the following:

  • Grow insight or knowledge
  • Build skills, training or experience
  • Tackle social problems or issues in an innovative way

If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.

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Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation

The Foundation provides funding to a broad range of UK charities working to support or improve the lives of UK nationals through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. The Trustees give priority to projects where their donation can make a difference and can progress the Charity’s initiative. There is a broad remit and all applications will be considered on their own merits.

There is no maximum or minimum limit to funding requests.

There are no deadlines for applications, which are reviewed at regular intervals.

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The Drapers' Charitable Fund

The Fund supports registered charities in London who are involved in the activities outlined below:

Social Welfare, including:

  • Homelessness
  • Prisoners
  • Ex-service personnel
  • Support services for the elderly, carers (especially young carers), and community and family services.
  • Disabled adults (not children), especially those with less visible disabilities such as sensory impairment, mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Education and training: Projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people under 25 years old particularly in deprived areas of Greater London.

Textiles and Heritage, including:

  • Textile conservation
  • Support projects within the textiles industry
  • Museums, memorials and monuments relating to the armed forces, history of London or the textile trade

There is no minimum or maximum grant. Grants are normally awarded for sums up to £15,000, but larger grants may be awarded.

You can apply at any time of the year. The Charities Committee meets five times a year and applications will normally be considered at the next meeting following submission.

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The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund

Charitable Grants are available to UK registered charities working within the UK. Whilst we prioritise those charities working for the benefit of people in Greater London, we do welcome and support applications from all corners on the UK. Fund is available for special projects, capital grants and core costs such as salaries, rent and utilities. You can apply for up to four years of funding. The Fund operate two grant giving programmes for charities:

  • The Small Grant Programme is a fast track grant assessment for one-off grants of up to £3,000. Applicants can expect a result within six weeks of making an application.
  • The Main Grants Programme is a far more thorough assessment for single and multiple year grants of £5,000 or more. A successful application can take up to nine months to receive a result.

The Fund particularly welcome applications supporting the use of leather within the fashion industry, education in leather technology and the leather trade.

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John Lyon's Charity - School Holiday Activity Fund

The School Holiday Activity Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.  This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holiday. You may apply to the School Holiday Activity Fund once a year for a maximum of three consecutive years.

The Fund will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes that provide young people with activities in supportive and accessible environments.  Up to £5,000 is available.

Organisations that are currently in receipt of a grant from John Lyon’s Charity for core services are also eligible to apply to this Fund as long as funds from the Charity are not already being used for holiday activities.  

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund can be submitted at any time, but must be received by the Grants Office by the following deadlines:

Summer holiday –  1 June October half-term – 21 September Christmas holiday – 16 November February half-term – 18 January Easter – 1 March May half-term – 25 April

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The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The grant scheme support capital projects, not running costs. There are three types of grant; major grants of £50,000 and above, medium grants between £5,000 and £50,000 and small grants below £5,000. Small grants account for 80% of those awarded annually.

There are two criteria to fulfil before applying for a grant. Please ensure you read these carefully before making an application.

1. You must be a registered charity in England or Wales or have accepted/exempt status to apply

AND

2. You must fall into one of the categories set out below. Please click on a link for more information as to whether you qualify:

  • Community
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Welfare

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at anytime.

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Henry Smith - Improving lives

The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

It supports established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work.

There are 6 funding priorities:

  • Help at a critical moment
  • Positive choices
  • Accommodation / housing support
  • Employment and training
  • Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements
  • Support networks and family

The amount requested must be between £20,000 and £60,000 per year. The maximum length of funding that can be requested is three years. The grants are for revenue costs and direct service delivery.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust offers grants only for core funding to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 and are undertaking work that focuses on one of these priority groups: 

Elderly people Children and young people aged 5 - 25 People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges Social welfare - people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending) Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children) The charity will fund running costs for up to three years.  Grants are for a maximum of £3,000 per year. 

Applications are accepted at any time.

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