Background Information: The Mark McQueen Foundation has been set up by the McQueen family from Liverpool in loving memory of their son Mark.

What is the focus of the fund:  The Foundation aims to support young men struggling with emotional and mental health issues.

How much is available: There are 4 levels of funding available to apply for which are as follows;

  • Up to £3000 for projects where a grant from the Foundation will cover the total project cost (or the majority of costs)
  • Match funding of up to 50% of the total cost of the project
  • The ‘underwriting’ of a community or charity event or project which may produce its own funding, with the Foundation agreeing to meet any shortfall in funds.
  • Grants of up to £6,000 a year for academic and social research into the topic of mental health and suicide, usually by invitation from the Mark McQueen

Who can apply:Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and social enterprises

Which areas are covered: Lancashire wide covering all boroughs

How much is available:The budget is £13k and the deadline for applications is Friday 16 August 2019, but due to a limited budget the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

Any special criteria:  Due to limited funding the fund aims to support up to 5 projects that work with young men.  Existing work may be funded where there is proven need for it although we cannot meet current costs where work is funded by other sources. Rent and other office type costs may be considered where they are part of a distinct project that funding is being requested for.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

  • Support groups and help-line/counselling services for young men, children, or young people with mental health issues
  • Support for family and friends who have lost someone to suicide
  • Campaigns for a positive mind-set change around mental health and suicide issues
  • Research and information gathering projects and collaborations to support the improvement of mental health practice and prevention of suicide
  • National or regional charities working in a local Lancashire setting on mental health and young men’s issues
  • Extra curricular student activities to support students, especially those with mental health issues
  • Projects and charities using the theme of music to work with young men or local musicians
  • Projects tackling the issue of bullying with young people
  • Local projects supporting unemployed young men into training and employment

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Lancashire website – complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to [email protected]or post them to the address below.

Documents which need to be included with your application:

  1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution
  2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  4. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)

NB:If you have applied to us previously and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
  • Commercial ventures
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
  • Regional or local offices of a national organisation
  • Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Trophies and medals
  • Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising just one family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside UK
  • Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

 What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

For further information please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:

Community Foundation for Lancashire

Third Floor,

Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,


L1 3DN

T: 0151 232 2444

Fax: 0151 232 2445

Email: [email protected]