Background Information: The John Laing Charitable Trust Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Lancashire on behalf of the John Laing Charitable Trust

What is the focus of the fund:  The Trust would like to make grants under the sectors it operates which cover the following areas:


Community regeneration which should include charities benefitting the aged
Disadvantaged young people (aged 4 – 18)

How much is available: The maximum grant available is £1000 and the total budget for this round is £10,000

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  


Priorities:  Priority will be given to projects that support older people and to small grassroots groups with low incomes.  The panel prefers to fund sustainable projects that have a long term benefit and that can really make a difference in their community.


The Trust does not support charities whose main aim is animal welfare.


Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

Equipment for luncheon club
Activities for older person’s group
Projects to reduce social isolation for vulnerable groups
Equipment for youth club
Activities for young people
Training for volunteers
Furniture and equipment for supported accommodation project
Advice and counselling projects
Skill building sessions for homeless people
Projects for young carers

The closing date is Friday 22 November 2019

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Lancashire website and 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 If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.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 received a grant from us in the last 12 months 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: organisations working with animals to benefit people, community and environment 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 8 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]