Main Grants

Each year the Trust awards an average of 28 main grants with a total value of around £1.1m. The majority of these are multi-year awards. Eligible organisations are those who are working in our local area (Cumbria and Lancaster District) to improve the life chances, experiences and outcomes for children, young people and adults up to the age of 24.

**please note, in early 2024 we are migrating to an online application system. In the meantime, please continue to download and complete the word version by clicking the button below and remember - if in doubt, please contact us**

As a long-term funder, we are particularly keen to support early intervention and preventative programmes, though we recognise the need for post trauma support, such as counselling and therapeutic interventions, and so also remain active in this area.


We would encourage you to contact the team for an informal discussion before applying. Please ensure that you can answer YES to the following questions before submitting an application form:

  • Is your organisation a registered charity or pursuing charitable objectives and operating in the interest of your community?
  • Is your project based in Cumbria / Lancaster District?
  • Is your project supporting the development and aspiration of children or young people who may be excluded from opportunities?
  • Can you send us a copy of your most recent signed accounts?

Main Grant Application Deadlines:

  • February 2nd 2024 (decision date, March 15th)
  • June 7th 2024 (decision date, July 19th)
  • October 4th 2024 (decision date, November 15th)