Chris Smith Memorial Fund Guiding Principles. 

Please read the guiding principles below before applying.

1. The Mission Statement of the Chris Smith Memorial Fund (CSMF) is the advancement of
any running related sport, primarily to children or young people, based in the UK, for the
public benefit through the provision of grants or donations to organisations, clubs and
groups, to assist in training, participation in competition or preparation for running related

2. These principles are designed to guide those applying to the fund. The CSMF trustees
may choose to support any application that meets the objectives of the CSMF, irrespective
of these principles.

3. Each grant application will be considered on merit and the awarding of a grant should not
be assumed.

4. The CSMF is there to support any runners irrespective of ability whose application meets
the Mission Statement of the CSMF.

5. The CSMF welcomes applications from all running related organisations (for example
running clubs, groups, parkruns, coaches). We are no longer supporting individual athletes
to enable our funds to support as many people as possible.

6. The maximum size of any grant awarded is £500.

7. No more than 1 grant will be given to any organisation/group within any 12 month period. 

8. Grants will not be given to support living expenses. E.g. to pay rent/mortgage/utility bills.

9. Priority will be given to grants supporting age groups below the masters age group as
defined by UK athletics (currently master is <35).

10. Priority will be given to grants that will make a difference to those participating in running related activities. 

11. Applications will be considered at quarterly grant meetings. These will be held by 31st Jan, 30 April, 31st July and 31st October.

12. Grants will only be awarded to cover expenditure that takes place after a grant meeting. Please consider these dates when making your application as the grant will not be awarded if the activity and expenditure has already occurred.

13. If successful, payment of grant will then be made following evidence of the expense having been incurred, however, in exceptional circumstances, grants can be given in advance.

14. Applications are invited from anyone living in the UK.

15. Successful applicants are requested to provide a short summary detailing what the grant has helped them to achieve. It may be in any format such as a link to a post on a social media site, written report, in an email or any other format. This may be used to promote the fund and also to provide assurance to both donors and the board of trustees that the funds
are being spent appropriately.

16. We would like to support all applicants. We will award grants to those applicants whose
application best meets the mission of the fund and/or where we feel the money will have the
biggest impact.

The preferred method of application is using the google form linked in the “apply” button above. If you are unable to use this, please contact us and we can discuss alternative methods of application.