Frequently asked questions
Please ensure you read this information and our application advice section before making an application
What kind of help can I apply for?
The Chemical Engineers Benevolent Fund offers a range of gifts, grants and loans to chemical engineers and their dependents. Find out more about our work here.
What is the application process?
The fund only supports chemical engineers and their dependents. We screen all initial requests prior to giving permission for a full application to be made. Successful requests will receive an email providing access to the online application form within two working days. Please read the application advice prior to registering to make an application.
What happens if my initial request is successful?
You will receive an email providing access to the online application form within two working days. It is advisable to read the application advice prior to submitting your application. Applications will then be passed to the trustees for consideration. The trustees may then request further information before a formal offer of a gift, grant or loan is made. You should also be aware that if you are given permission to submit an application that this is not a guarantee that your application will be successful. You will be kept informed of the progress of your application by email.
What happens if my initial request is unsuccessful?
You will receive an email advising that you have not met our criteria for support within two working days. If this is incorrect then you may write to the trustees explaining why you believe you do meet the criteria. You should be aware that if this appeal is unsuccessful no further correspondence will be entered into. You should also be aware that if you are given permission to submit a full application that this is not a guarantee that your application will be successful.
What is a typical application review timescale?
Applications are considered by the trustees at their regular board meetings. You will be advised of the date of the next meeting when your application is submitted. In exceptional circumstances, the trustees may make provision for urgent application reviews.
What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
All applications are considered by the trustees but regrettably not all applications will meet the criteria. You will be advised if further evidence required to improve your application or other funding bodies who may be able to help. You should be aware that once the trustees have reached a final decision that no further correspondence will be entered into.
Can I nominate someone to make an application on my behalf?
In general, applications are best made by the person who will benefit from the support. However, in exceptional circumstances, applications may be made by a family member, friend, colleague or other advocate. For further clarification please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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