What We Fund

We are particularly interested in effective approaches to addressing the needs of children, young people and young adults (up to 24 years old) by:

  • raising aspirations and supporting personal development
  • inclusive practice
  • improving wellbeing and mental health
  • improving sector effectiveness

The majority of our grants are multi-year revenue grants for project or core costs. We encourage including full costs in your application (including a percentage contribution to indirect costs) if applying for project costs. Trustees will also fund capital projects that make a tangible difference to a local community.

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.

Whilst we prefer to fund organisations that are registered charities, we

will consider offering grants to organisations who are pursuing

charitable objectives and make a demonstrable contribution to their

community, providing their aims and constitution are clearly

not-for-profit. Additional checks and questions will be asked of

organisations applying for funds who are not registered charities.

Applications from national organisations will only be considered where the beneficiaries and project workers are based within our beneficial area.

Please note that Trustees prefer to fund small to medium-sized organisations and it is therefore unlikely they will support applications from charities with a turnover in excess of £1m. We would encourage you to seek guidance from the staff if you are unsure.


Please contact the team for clarification if you are unsure whether your project fits within our guidelines. In general, we do not consider applications:

  • from individuals
  • from statutory organisations
  • from national charities without a local base/project
  • from charities with substantial unrestricted reserves
  • from medical/health establishments
  • from schools/educational establishments
  • for projects principally benefiting people outside Cumbria/North Lancashire
  • for retrospective funding
  • for expeditions or overseas travel
  • for the promotion of religion
  • for animal welfare

Whether your application is successful or not, we advise that you wait for a year before applying to the Trust again.

Complaints Procedure

In any one year the Trust receives three times more applications for funding than it can afford to support. The Trustees go to considerable lengths to ensure that every request for funding that is within our stated funding guidelines receives a full and fair hearing. Any applicants or grant holders who feel that they have a grievance against the Trust should write to the Chair of Trustees (marked Private and Confidential) who will respond following a period of consultation.

Chair of Trustees

The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust

Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate

Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4PU