Allen Lane Foundation

Grants available for: local voluntary groups or registered charities with an annual income below £100,000.
Size of grants given: £500 to £15,000 per year
Deadlines: No deadlines; trustees meet 3 times a year to consider applications

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.

Who can apply

Small registered charities, voluntary 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).

Charitable projects must mainly benefit adults from within the following 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

How much and what can you apply for

£500 to £15,000 per year (average grant size is between £5000 to £6000). The Trust awards around £750,000 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

Check 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

There are no deadlines. Trustees meet in February, June and October – e.g. applications received 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 enquiries relating to Asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, People with mental health problems, or People experiencing violence or abuse – please email any other general queries, please email

Date & initials

25/01/19 MS

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