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.

As of January 2024 all main and small grant applications will be submitted online via our website, using the ‘apply now’ buttons. Please check the information on the application pages for guidance and get in touch if you’re not sure.


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:

  • June 7th 2024 (decision date, July 19th)
  • October 4th 2024 (decision date, November 15th)
  • January 31st 2025 (decision date, March 14th)