Comino Administrator

J. Anthony C. Darbyshire MA (Oxon), FRSA
01777 711141     07850 704188
Firs House, Bilby, Retford,
Nottinghamshire. DN22 8JB


Funding Applications

The Foundation currently gives consideration ONLY to grant applications that provide evidence showing that the new proposal will have an extremely close fit to existing work.  The Foundation has a wide range of established longer-term funding commitments and has limited capacity to make further grants.  The Foundation does not fund any research or activities outside the UK.

The Trustees are, however, keen to consider proposals that have the potential to be of influence on a much larger scale and are clearly related to the Foundation’s vision statement.  Preference is given to innovative and enterprising small scale ventures which, once their effectiveness has been demonstrated over a period, will have a chance of changing national policy and practice.

If you submit an application the Trustees strongly recommend that you consider the guidelines below.  The harder it is for the Trustees to find their way around the information presented, the less likely they are to consider your application sympathetically.

All funding proposals and applications should be sent to the Administrator,

Comino Administrator
Anthony Darbyshire

Anthony DarbyshireAnthony Darbyshire has been the Administrator for the Comino Foundation since 2012. He was a Trustee from 1992 to 2007 and Environment Fellow from 2007 to 2011.

After a period as a Production Manager in an engineering company Anthony became a management consultant with Urwick, Orr & Partners. Then, during the 1970’s and 1980’s he built a privately owned group of companies with interests in vehicle contract hire, property development and business travel.

Outside of business he has helped to steer local and national policy initiatives:
– Member of the CBI Council, Smaller Firms Council and East Midlands Regional Council for nine years during the 1980s;
– Founder Chairman of the North Nottinghamshire Training and Enterprise Council in 1990;
– Developing the Investors in People Standard with the Department of Employment;

He is a Fellow of the RSA, Member of the Institute of Directors and Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management.


Guidelines for compiling a grant application letter to the Comino Foundation:

–       Suggested opening sentence: I/we are writing on behalf of ….. (insert name of organisation) to ask for a grant to …… (insert purpose, a BRIEF statement of what grant will be used for so the Trustees do not have to trawl through the application to work out why you are writing to them).
–       If this is your first application to the Foundation, a short statement about who you are and why your organisation/project exists. (If you feel the project’s background and/or current development is an essential part of your application, we suggest you include it as an Appendix.)
–       Tell us why your funding application is likely to fit in with the aims of the Comino Foundation.  Add a short statement about the quality and achievements of your organisation, and the name of the person who will lead the project.  If this person is not already known to the Foundation, why this is the right person.
–       Ask for what you want, and specify how much you need (a shopping list for a donor is sometimes appropriate).  If the Foundation agrees to make a grant, and it’s not already obvious, please make our administration as easy as possible by telling us to whom payment should be made and where it should be sent.
–       End with a statement about why you feel your application is particularly likely to appeal to the Foundation, why the Trustees might wish to support your project/organisation.

The easier it is for the Trustees to find their way around the information presented, the more likely that they will consider the application sympathetically.
–       The basic Grant application should be kept as short and concise as possible (1-2 sheets of A4 if you can).
–       Financial information supporting your application is often better presented as an Appendix.
–       Making the page margins and/or the font size smaller will make your application look shorter – but it will make it harder to read.
–       Please do not write the whole application in capitals – that also makes it harder to read.