Grants FAQ2023-12-26T17:53:24+00:00

The Barakat Trust Grants 2024 FAQ

You will find a section of Frequently Asked Questions here to support your grant application.

If you are still in doubt, you can register to attend one of our upcoming Q&A sessions here!

Please check back on a regular basis as will be updating with any significant questions.

What happens if my application is successful?2023-03-09T18:18:52+00:00

All applicants are advised in writing of the decision on their application within a few working days of the relevant Academic Advisory Committee meeting.

If the application is successful, the letter will be accompanied by a copy of The Barakat Trust’s standard Terms and Conditions of grant, which must be signed  and returned promptly.

You will also be required to complete a Payment Request Form detailing the bank details of the institution that will receive the grant money on your behalf.

Please note will only make payments to institutions.

Payments are made by bank transfer and take a couple of weeks from receipt of request, providing any or all relevant conditions have been met.

We have been rejected – when can we re-apply?2020-01-10T10:06:53+00:00

We have an annual grant round and you can re-apply one year from the date that The Barakat Trust received your original complete application. You are free to contact The Barakat Trust to ask for feedback on your unsuccessful application before re-applying.

If I am awarded a scholarship, can I defer?2020-01-10T10:05:34+00:00

Subject to the approval of the Academic Advisory Committee, under certain circumstances, it is possible for applicants who have received a grant to support an academic programme of study to defer for a year. In the past this has been where the grant awarded by The Barakat Trust did not fully cover tuition and living expenses and the applicant needed more time to secure additional sources of funding.

I do not know how to fill in the financial information. What should I do?2020-01-10T10:06:34+00:00

What we need is a clear idea of how you will spend the money for which you are applying. A simple, clear budget is required.  This does not need to be overly long or detailed and we understand that during the delivery of a project, things may change.

For Scholarship applicants, one thing we are keen to know is how any shortfall of funds will be covered.

We use the information in this section to help us assess the financial strength of your proposal and whether or not it is realistic, so, if necessary, ask for help.


How do I find out more about the sorts of projects you fund?2021-03-01T10:38:35+00:00

Many examples of projects we have funded can be found here. However we are open to new ideas and are happy to consider new and innovative approaches so long as they fit within our scope and meet our strategic aims.

Do you make grants to individuals?2020-01-10T10:06:22+00:00

From 2019 due to strict financial regulations, awards will no longer be paid directly to individuals and must instead be paid to either to the institution to which an applicant belongs, or to the institution at which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study. The application form and procedure for 2019 reflects these changes.

This does not mean that individuals cannot apply, simply that payment is to be made to institutions on their behalf and for their benefit.

Do you make grants only to Muslims?2020-01-10T10:06:10+00:00


We make grants to a wide range of recipients and institutions.

However, some of our donations are Zakat (alms traditionally given to support Muslim communities) while others are general charitable donations whose uses are unrestricted.

The restrictions outlined in some of the grant categories relate to the nature of the charitable donations we receive and their intended purposes.

Do you have deadlines for receipt of applications?2022-12-14T12:09:50+00:00

Yes. The Grants programme for 2023 will open on 1 January 2023 and close on 31 March 2023 at 24:00.

No applications after that date will be considered.

Can you apply to more than one category?2020-01-10T10:07:57+00:00

Yes, you can apply to more than one category. However, you will need to make a separate application for each category.

Are your grants limited to specific regions of the world?2021-03-01T10:34:30+00:00

No. We have funded projects and people from over 40 countries, and will consider applications from around the world so long as these are relevant to our aims.

Are you only interested in academic projects, or projects run by academic institutions?2021-03-01T10:37:41+00:00

No. While we support the academic study of the art, culture, architecture and heritage of the Islamic world, we are equally committed to supporting projects in the field and have a long history of supporting building and object conservation projects, training of conservators, exhibitions, archaeological digs, and other sorts of projects led by professionals with a wide range of specialisms. We are equally interested in projects that engage with the general public,  and that involve local communities in safeguarding and understanding their heritage. However, all of the work we support needs to be of an excellent standard matching the aims and ambitions of The Trust.

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