Grants are available to small to medium sized UK registered charities in Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside that are working for the benefit of older people or people who have fallen on hard times.


Maximum Turnover: £ 2,499,000
Fund Value: £ 353,000
Minimum Value: £ 5,000
Value Notes The Trustees aim to support fewer charities, with larger grants of £5,000 and above.

Last year, the Trust awarded around £352,000 in grants to 51 charities, which is less than the previous year.

Extended Description

The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel offers funding to small to medium-sized UK registered charities who are working in specific areas of the North West of England.

Latest Information

Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered by Trustees three times a year (typically in March, July and November).

Key Criteria

UK registered charities can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

Small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £2.5 million and for whom the grants will make a difference.
Operating in the preferred areas of Lancashire (especially Lancaster and District including all LA postcodes), Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. (This geographical restriction, however, does not apply to medical grants.)
Applications from large well-funded charities (with income in excess of £2.5 million per annum) will normally be rejected, unless the project is a capital project.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is intended to support the following:

Medical care charities – care specifically aimed at benefiting older people, to include Alzheimer’s, Macular Disease, Prostate Cancer, and Parkinson’s disease, etc.
Charities in connection with older people – old age, homes, and carers.
Charities for people fallen upon hard times – disabled, hospices, ex-services, natural or man-made disasters, mental health and homelessness.
The Trustees’ preference is to support capital projects or project driven applications and not running costs or general operating expenses, although the Trustees are flexible to take account of the needs of smaller charities which operate in the Trust’s preferred locations. For charities in this category consideration will be given to supporting revenue projects and running costs in addition to capital projects.

The Trustees do make grants to emergency appeals on a case by case basis.


The following are not eligible for funding:

Charities primarily devoted to children.
Charities that are under the control of central or any local government.
Charities operating outside of the preferred areas, unless they seek a medical grant.
Applications for individuals.
Running costs.
Application Procedure

An online application form and guidelines can be found on the Trust’s website.

Contact the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
The Secretary
Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust
Hill Dickinson LLP
50 Fountain Street
M2 2AS
[email protected]