Application FAQs

This section provides answers to frequently asked questions: just click on the question below to find the answer or scroll down the page to the relevant section.  

If you cannot find the information you need here then you are welcome to email us via the Contact Us section of the website.

What do you support?

Can I apply?

Will my project be eligible?

What size grants to you give?

How do I apply?

Do you give retrospective funding?

What are your application deadlines?

When will I hear the result of my application?

How much money have you given in grants in recent years?

Do you still have the social clubs and other facilities?

I still have some questions about your grants, can I contact you?

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What do you support?

The Virginia House Settlement gives grants to charities in the Plymouth area that support and involve the local community.

Can I apply?

If your organisation is a registered charity based in Plymouth that supports the local community then you are eligible to apply.

If your charity does not operate within the boundaries of Plymouth then you are NOT eligible to apply.

We regret that we do not accept applications from individuals, only from registered charities.  If you are an individual in financial need you may be able to apply to other local charities - please see our Useful Links section.

How do I apply?

You should apply using our application form, which you can download from this website.

You should then post your application to us at: Virginia House Settlement c/o Bromhead, Harscombe House, 1 Darklake View, Plymouth, PL6 7TL

What are your application deadlines?

We have one deadline a year which is in mid April; the exact deadline for each year will be given in the news section of this website.

When will I hear the result of my application?

Our Trustees carefully assess each application and make final decisions on grant awards in June each year.

Do you give retrospective funding?

No.  We are not able to give a grant to a project that has already been completed.

What size grants to you give?

Our grants generally range between £200 and £3,000.  We give around £30,000 a year in grants and in support in kind so a £3,000 is, for us, a very large grant.

How much money have you given in grants in recent years?

Since 2006 we have awarded over £350,000 in grants to Plymouth charities that support local people.

Will my project be eligible?

If you are a local charity and you work with, and support, local people then you can apply to Virginia House Settlement.

Do look at the Past Grants section of this website, which includes case studies of recently supported projects, as it should give you a better understanding of the sorts of things we support.

Do you still have the social clubs and other facilities?


No.   We sold a number of the buildings that formed the VHS and invested that money, using the income to give grants to local charities.  We are very interested to learn more about the history of Virginia House, though, so do look at the history section of our website and share your memories with us if you used to be a member of one of VHS’s many clubs and societies.

I still have some questions about your grants, can I contact you?

Yes.  Do email us through the Contact Us section of this website.

You might also find the information in the Useful Links section helpful as it gives details of other local charities that may be relevant for you and also of some of the local organisations that we support.