The Allen Lane Foundation

Arts & Culture Health & Social Care Older People

The Allen Lane Foundation funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations that work particular beneficiary groups:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

The Foundation aims to 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.

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

Here are some examples of the kind of activities which might be suitable for funding:

  • 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

Applicants can apply for up £15,000 however the average grant size is between £5,000 – £6,000.

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. Decisions within two and six months.

For further information and how to apply please click here.

Other Older People Funds

Education & Employment Health & Social Care Older People Youth

Kent Community Foundation: Themed Funds

Kent Community Foundation’s Themed Fund programme awards grants of up to £5,000 (£7,500 considered for exceptional applications) to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities with projects in one of the following themed areas: Employment, Skills & EnterpriseProjects which raise the aspirations and increase the skills and opportunities of people who are far from the labour market…

Read More
Arts & Culture Community Buildings/Halls Education & Employment Environmental Health & Social Care Heritage Older People Religion Sports Youth

Tesco: Bags of Help Community Grants

Tesco’s Bags of Help, administrated by Groundwork, awards grants up to £2,000 to charities and community organisations whose projects bring benefits to local residents. Funds are raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. To be eligible applicants can be either a voluntary or…

Read More
Community Buildings/Halls Health & Social Care Older People Sports Youth

Burg-Wächter: Secure Communities Scheme

BURG-WÄCHTER, Europe’s largest safe and post box manufacturer, is awarding up to £1,000 and security products/advice to charities, social enterprise, not for profit and community ventures to help secure their success. Any grassroots project or activity that would benefit most from this scheme are those with a security aspect as well as a funding need.…

Read More
Health & Social Care Older People

Masonic Charitable Foundation: Later Life Inclusion Grant

The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Inclusion Grant awards grants of up to £80,000 to local and national registered charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years. Grants can be offered to charities that provide: Mental and physical health support Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering,…

Read More