Allen Lane Foundation

Grants available for: local groups with an annual income below £100,000. Will fund start up, core or project costs. Focus on projects that reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination and make a lasting difference.
Size of grants given: £500 to £15,000 per year
Deadlines: Trustees meet in February, June and October – e.g. applications received up before mid-August will be considered in the October meeting. Applications take 2-6 months to process.

Aims of Fund

The Allen Lane Foundation funds work which:

  1. will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems
  2. is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination, and
  3. encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.

While recognising (and being willing to support) on-going, tried and tested projects, the Foundation is particularly interested in unusual, imaginative or pioneering projects which have perhaps not yet caught the public imagination.

Who can apply

Registered charities or groups running a charitable project. Must have an annual income of less than £100,000 (for local groups) or £250,000 (for county wide, regional or national groups).

The trust will fund work which:

  • will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems
  • is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination, and
  • encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.

A significant proportion of those benefiting from your project must be from one or more of these beneficiary groups:

  • Asylum-seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality)
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

They do not fund organisations working with single nationalities. Check their website for the full list of activities they will not fund.

How much and what can you apply for

Grants range from £500 to £5,000 per annum (for grants over a 3 year period) or £500 to £15,000 for one off grants. The Trust awards around £700,000 a year.

You can apply for start-up, core or project costs. Grants given are relatively small, and could be used for things like:

  • Volunteers or participants expenses
  • Venue hire
  • Part-time or sessional staffing costs
  • Work aimed at strengthening the organisation such as trustee or staff training

The Foundation supports the following types of work:

  • Provision of advice or information
  • Advocacy
  • Arts activities where the primary purpose is therapeutic or social
  • Befriending or mentoring
  • Mediation or conflict resolution
  • Practical work, such as gardening or recycling, which benefits both the provider and the recipient
  • Self-help groups
  • Social activities or drop-in centres
  • Strengthening the rights of particular groups and enabling their views and experiences to be heard by policy-makers
  • Research and education aimed at changing public attitudes or policy
  • Work aimed at combating stigma or discrimination
  • Work developing practical alternatives to violence

Chech their website for a list of activities that they will NOT fund.

How to apply

You will need to fill in a short Registration Form and send it with an Application letter, and other documents.

Your application should be no more than four pages of A4 and should cover the following issues:

  • What are your overall aims?
  • How do you try to achieve these aims?
  • How does your work –
    • Make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems
    • Reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination
    • Encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community
  • Why is yours an unpopular cause or beneficiary group?
  • Could you tell us about the need for your work, and why you are the best people to do it?
  • What do you want our grant to pay for?
  • How much will the work cost?
  • Are you asking us to meet the whole cost?
  • What other sources of funding are you approaching?
  • What difference would this grant make to your work?
  • Please could you let us have two or three outcomes of the work you are applying for?
  • How will you know if the work is successful?
  • How will the work, and the way it is done, promote equal opportunities? If you do not think equal opportunities are relevant to your work please say why.

Deadlines for application

Trustees meet in February, June and October – e.g. applications received up before mid-August will be considered in the October meeting. Applications take 2-6 months to process.

Other details

Organisations cannot apply more than once a year.

Contact details

Gill Alconley
The Allen Lane Foundation
90, The Mount
York YO24 1AR
01904 613223
For enquiries relating to Migrant communities, Offenders and ex-offenders, or Older people – please email tim@allenlane.org.uk

For enquiries relating to Asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, People with mental health problems, or People experiencing violence or abuse – please email gill@allenlane.org.uk

For any other general queries, please email info@allenlane.org.uk

www.allenlane.org.uk

Date & initials

10/7/17 DA