Francis Scott Trust

Every child and young person deserves the chance to thrive but not all have equal access to the support and resources they need to do so. That's why we work tirelessly with, and through, others to ensure young people in Cumbria and the District of Lancaster can fulfil their potential.

We’re one of the largest independent grant funders in the area that's solely focused on children and young people (up to the age of 24). You’ll find us distributing over £1m every year, supporting initiatives that make a difference to their lives. We also provide social investment loans and help with organisational development.

Creating positive conditions for young people to thrive

With the right support in place and equal access to positive opportunities, all young people can do incredible things.

Here’s how we can work with your organisation:


You can apply for one-off, short-term or multi-year funds if you’re working with children or young people up to the age of 24 who are experiencing challenging circumstances. You’ll need to be based in Cumbria or Lancaster District.

Organisational Development

Step Change is our capacity building and development programme for organisations. It’s focused and tailored to meet your needs and future organisational aspirations.

Social Investment

If your organisation is looking for help to increase its impact and improve organisational resilience and sustainability, this financial tool could be for you. Our social investment offer is here to support your evolution and growth.

Talk to the Team

We work with small to medium size organisations working with children and young people and based in Cumbria and/or Lancaster District.

If you are thinking of applying and want to know more please contact us for an informal chat.

60th Anniversary

In 2023, the Francis Scott Trust celebrates 60 years of grant making.