Frequently Asked Questions

About The JMA Trust

 

What does The JMA Trust do, and where do their funds come from?

We are committed to helping others who need support or assistance. The money raised by people for the Trust will help to support individuals, clubs, groups, charities and communities.  

Our incredible fundraisers take part in a variety of different fundraising activities and events throughout the year, to enable us to continue our work. We also receive many generous donations, both large and small, on a one-off or monthly basis. 

How can I learn more about the Trust?

Check out our About Us section to find out more about our aims, or have a look at our Blog for news and stories from both our fundraisers and applicants.

Are you on social media?

Yes! We have a Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram. Give us a follow and stay updated with all the JMA news!

How can I stay updated with news about everything the Trust is doing?

You can follow us on our social media platforms, and sign up to the Mailing List, where we’ll simply send you a monthly update of our latest news and Blog posts.

Applications

 

How do I apply?

First, we recommend reading our What We Fund page, to check your eligibility. Then, our How To Apply page breaks down the required form, giving step-by-step guidance for its completion. On our Apply Now page, you will find the form available in both PDF to print and online completion formats.

How long will the application take me?

This depends on how much information you are able to give us on the form. We encourage you to let us know as much as possible about your situation, and to attempt completion of every question that is relevant to you. If you wish to use our online form, you will be able to save your progress at any stage and return at a later date to continue and complete.

Can I apply on someone else’s behalf?

Yes, as long as the individual has given full consent for their details to be shared with the Trust. Please ensure you inform us of this in the first section of the form, by giving us both your name, and the full name of the applicant.

Can I apply for a group/team instead of an individual?

Yes! On the Apply Now page, you will find separate forms for groups. Please make sure you select the Group form, and not the Individual, as this could delay the reviewing process.

Are there instructions for filling out the application form?

We have put together some instructions that we hope will assist with each question. You can find these under “Application Assistance.” You should also read “How to Apply” for more information.

If you have any further questions regarding the form, one of our team will be happy to help. Just contact us!

If my application is successful, how will the funds be sent to me?

We will send out a letter to confirm your application has been successful. In this letter we will also ask for your preferred method of payment; bank transfer or cheque.

How often do the JMA meet to review applications and make decisions?

The JMA meet on a quarterly basis to review and assess applications. We aim to inform applicants on whether they have been successful or not within two weeks of each meeting.

When are the deadlines for applications?

The application deadline is typically one week before our quarterly review meeting. The deadline dates can be found on our on our social media sites, or you can contact us for more information.

How soon will I know if I’ve been successful?

We aim to inform applicants on whether they have been successful or not within two weeks of each quarterly meeting.

My application was unsuccessful, will I get feedback on the reason for this?*

Unfortunately, the Trust cannot currently provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications due to a lack of resources. Please read more about appeals and repeat applications below.

* Can I appeal my unsuccessful application?

All decisions made by the JMA Board of Trustees regarding applications are final. However, if you feel the Trust’s aims and mission fit your application, we urge you to re-evaluate your initial application form. This could be through adding more information, explaining more precisely how the funds will be utilised, and generally strengthening all areas to explain clearly how you will benefit from this. You are then welcome to reapply, and your new application will be fairly reviewed by the Board at their following meeting.

*Can I re-apply to the Trust if I have applied before?

All previous applicants are welcome to apply to the Trust again. If your previous attempt was unsuccessful, however, please see above notes on strengthening your application form, to improve your chances of being a successful applicant. 

Where can I find news about successful applicants?

We try and keep all of the JMA followers updated on our Blog and Social Media channels!

How do the Trust gather feedback on how the award has been used?

On your initial application form, you will be asked if you are willing to complete an End of Award Report form. This will then be sent to you around 3 months after you receive the funding. The form looks for some general feedback regarding how you/your organisation utilised the money, and the impacts of this spending.

In some circumstances, we may send an email looking for further, more personalised feedback for use on our blog. This is, of course, optional, you will not be obliged to deliver further information if you’d prefer your story not to be published.

Are there geographical restrictions to who can apply?

At the present moment, The JMA is a charity dedicated to assisting those within Scotland only.

Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Please Contact Us to find out more about our scholarships.

How much money can be awarded?

The JMA Trust is a small charity. The typical size of an award to an individual is £100 – £1000. Typical size of an award to a group/organisation is £200 – £2000, and is unlikely to exceed £3000. Awards to D & G schools and sports clubs/groups are limited to £1000.

Am I eligible to apply for a small grant?

Please visit What We Fund to review your eligibility for an award.

Fundraising

 

Can I fundraise for the JMA Trust?

Yes! We are truly grateful for every single one of our fundraisers, and we’ve had people of all ages get involved! 

How can I support those who are fundraising for the JMA?

You can check out our social media pages, where we will cover upcoming and current fundraising activities. Leaving encouraging comments is great, and sponsoring those involved via their MyDonate/JustGiving pages is even better!

I’m posting loads of information about my event on social media, how do I keep the Trust up to date?

Tag us! You can like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, and tag us on these social media sites so that we can share with all of the JMA followers and get you even more support and encouragement!

I’m taking part in a big organised event (Marathon, Cycle, Tough Mudder etc.), and donating my sponsorship funds to the JMA. How do I find out if others will be doing the same event for JMA too?

If you’ve applied for a fundraising pack, we’ll have a note of the event you’re taking part in, alongside others doing the same. If you’d like to get in touch with others for training beforehand, or support and encouragement on the day, just send us an email and we’ll contact other parties involved! We love seeing the JMA bring people together, all #ForJohn.

I’d like to take part in an organised event and donate my sponsorship to the JMA, but I’m not sure what events are coming up near me. Do you have a calendar of possible fundraising opportunities?

We are currently in the process of getting a Fundraising Calendar put together for our website. Until then, websites like ChangeStar and Time Outdoors have brilliant calendars, showing what’s on each month all across the UK. 

I’d like some JMA materials for my event, like posters, stickers and a JMA T-shirt. How do I get these?

The JMA Fundraising Pack is our way of giving you all the tools and resources you’ll need to start planning towards your own fundraising activity.  This will include sponsorship forms, posters, t-shirts, help sheets, and more! Just tell us what you need, and we’ll get it to you. Click Here to apply for yours now.

Alternatively, visit our Fundraising Resources page to see what is available digitally.

Are there rules and regulations for fundraising activities and events?

Yes, there are some straightforward regulations that we urge all our fundraisers to be aware of, to ensure your event runs both safely and smoothly. Visit our Fundraising Health and Safety page to find out more, and help to keep everyone safe and aware of the legalities surrounding fundraising events and activities.

How do I set up an online fundraising account that will link to the JMA?

It’s really easy! We currently use two fundraising platforms, MyDonate and Just Giving. If you require information and content about the JMA for completing your profile, check out #ForJohn, About Us and What We Fund.

MyDonate:

  1. Visit http://www.btplc.com/mydonate/index.aspx or Google MyDonate and select the first link.
  1. Type “JMA Trust” into the “Donate to a Charity” search bar.
  1. Select the JMA, you’ll recognise our logo!
  1. Select “Create a Fundraising Page” icon found on the right of your screen.
  1. On this page, you can choose to Join an Organised Event or Create My Challenge.
  1. From here, you’ll need to register or log in to your My Donate account, then follow the instructions for quick and easy set up.

Just Giving:

  1. Visit https://justgiving.com/ or Google Just Giving and select the first link.
  1. Type “JMA Trust” into the search bar at the top of the page.
  1. Select the JMA, you’ll recognise our logo!
  1. Select “Fundraise for Us” found on the right of your screen.
  1. From here, you’ll need to register or log in to your Just Giving account, then follow the instructions for quick and easy set up.

How do I let the Trust know that I’ll be fundraising for them?

If you apply for a Fundraising Pack, we’ll be able to note down your event details, allowing us to support you on social media and acknowledge your incredible efforts for the Trust.

If you feel you don’t need a Fundraising Pack, we’d love for you to get in touch by email to let us know a little about your fundraising. We understand some people prefer to keep their efforts private, and we’ll always respect this position, just let us know!

What is a fundraising pack, and should I apply for one?

The JMA Fundraising Pack is our way of giving you all the tools and resources you’ll need to start planning towards your own fundraising activity.  This will include sponsorship forms, posters, t-shirts, help sheets, and more! Just tell us what you need, and we’ll get it to you.

You can apply for a digital pack, to be emailed to you, or a physical pack, to be sent out to you in the post. Click Here to get yours now.

I’d love to fundraise, but I need some inspiration and ideas!

We’ve got you covered! Check out our fundraising ideas, or take a look at our Blog and Social Media to see what people have done so far!

What will my fundraising money go towards?

Our primary purpose will be to provide support and advancement to those in need within the areas of health, education, employment, public participation in sport and with the relief of financial hardship.

You can find out more on our What We Fund page, and on our Blog.

Donating and Payments

 

How do I set up an online fundraising page for my event/activity using MyDonate that will link to the JMA?

It’s really easy! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit http://www.btplc.com/mydonate/index.aspx or Google MyDonate and select the first link.
  1. Type “JMA Trust” into the “Donate to a Charity” search bar.
  1. Select the JMA, you’ll recognise our logo!
  1. Select “Create a Fundraising Page” icon found on the right of your screen.
  1. On this page, you can choose to Join an Organised Event or Create My Challenge.
  1. From here, you’ll need to register or log in to your My Donate account, then follow the instructions for quick and easy set up.
  1. If you require information and content about the JMA for completing your profile, check out #ForJohn, About Us and What We Fund.

How does Gift Aid work, and how do I use it?

Donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give, due to our Charitable status. It won’t cost you any extra.

Find out more about Gift Aid here.

I would like to donate to the JMA directly from my bank and not online. How do I do this?

Great! At present, we can’t provide details of this process online. But don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and we’ll talk you through it.

How can I get in touch with the JMA?

You can email or phone us, using the details on our Contact Us page. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via our social media platforms!

What is BT MyDonate?

MyDonate is a not-for-profit, online fundraising service for UK charities.  This service provides a secure, easy-to-use way for millions of people to raise money for the charity of their choice.

I collected cash and change at my fundraising event, how do I now get this to the JMA?

If you have collected cash at your event, rather than using the online fundraising pages, there are two ways you can get the money to us:

  1. Total the money, pay in to your own bank account, and then use the One-Off Donate option on MyDonate, entering your total. This will then transfer the amount raised directly to us.
  2. Contact us via email to arrange collection of funds or another form of money transfer.

How do I give a one-off donation to the JMA Trust?

Our vital work couldn’t exist without your fundraising and donations. Every single contribution, both large and small, makes a huge difference to the people we support, and it couldn’t be easier to do. Visit our Donate page, or our My Donate/Just Giving profiles. 

How do I give a monthly donation to the JMA Trust?

Regular donations, large or small, provide a reliable income to plan future projects and fund the support the JMA Trust offers. Each donation will make a real difference to someone who needs our help. Visit our Donate page, or our My Donate/Just Giving profiles. 

The John Maurice Aitken Trust is registered in Scotland as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with charity number SC045343.

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