How to Apply

The Grants Awards open on 1 January 2020

The Barakat Trust’s grant applications programme for 2020 will open on 1 January 2020 and will close at midnight GMT on 31 March 2020. No applications received after that date will be considered.

Applicants will be informed of The Barakat Trust’s decision at the end of May 2020 (a month later than usual because of the early date of Ramadan in 2020).

All applicants must submit a completed application form with supporting documents, as specified on the form. You should download  the application form particular to the category of award for which you wish to apply from the Grant Application Forms page of this website.

Complete the form, save it as a pdf document, and submit it together with all the supporting documents requested to applications@barakat.org so that it arrives before midnight GMT on 31 March 2020.  Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Each application must be supported by two references. Please ask your referees to send their references applications@barakat.org no later than midnight GMT on 31 March 2020. Applications not supported by two referees before the deadline will not be accepted.

To apply for a grant from The Barakat Trust you will need to submit a completed application with supporting documents. To access this form, you must download the application form from the website.

We want to support high quality work that will help us meet our priorities. We hope the following information will help you understand our application process and the information we need to consider your grant request.

Before you apply

Before making an application please make sure you have read the pages Who Can Apply and Types of Grants we support carefully.  We are unable to fund work that does not help us meet our awards criteria as identified by Types of Grants we support.

How the application process works

To apply for The Barakat Trust Awards you need to download and complete an application form and submit this with your supporting documents as required  by The Barakat Trust. Details of how to do this, and what supporting documents to include, are listed on the appropriate application form.

Once The Barakat Trust has received your completed application with all supporting documents and references, it is assessed to ensure that all the application requirements have been met. Every complete application that meets our criteria, and that has been submitted on time and with all the required supporting documents and references, will then be referred to the Academic Advisory Committee of The Barakat Trust.

The principal criterion of assessment is academic merit and significance; other criteria include budget, feasibility, and dissemination of results. Every year, The Barakat Trust receives applications for more excellent and deserving projects than it is able to fund, and applicants are advised to apply to as many funding bodies as possible, and not only to The Barakat Trust. The decision of the Academic Advisory Committee is final.

All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the grants meeting.

Please note that, because of the early date of Ramadan in 2020, applicants are unlikely to learn the outcome before the end of May 2020.

Note: Apportionment of funds

Many of our supporters place no restrictions upon the use of their donations. However, some donate in the form of religious alms-giving known as zakat. Such zakat-alms may only be distributed to Muslim recipients, and that is why some categories of grants are restricted to Muslim applicants. Please note that non-Muslim applicants are encouraged to apply for zakat funds for distribution to Muslim recipients (e.g. a non-Muslim applicant may apply for zakat funds to support Muslim staff or trainees).