Allan Lane Foundation Grants


We make grants for general running costs, core costs, or specific project costs. We can also offer funding for start-up costs.

Examples of types of grants we make could be

  • Volunteers’ or participants’ expenses
  • Venue hire
  • Part-time or sessional staffing costs
  • Work aimed at strengthening the organisation such as trustee or staff training

Our aims are 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.

We are interested in funding charitable causes which we believe to be unpopular both in society, and with other funders. Our focus is currently on adults within seven 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

We aim to help organisations to become sustainable, supporting running and core costs to enable them to have flexibility, security and longevity. * We do not fund organisations working with single nationalities

Within the beneficiary groups, we focus on work with adults (not children or young people).

Examples of some of our recent grants can be found here.

If the beneficiaries of your work do not include a significant proportion of people from one or more of these seven groups it is highly unlikely that your application will be successful.

If your work does not directly benefit one or more of the seven groups mentioned, but you believe your work to be an unpopular cause, both in society generally, and with other funders, and something you think the Foundation may be interested in funding, please email us to tell us more.

Please check that your work does not fall into the Exclusions listed.

Activities funded?

Here are some examples of the kind of activities which might be suitable for funding. For some case studies of grants we have made recently click here.

  • 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

Size of grant?

Our grants are relatively modest. The average award is around £5,000-£6,000. You can apply for funding to a maximum of £15,000 – but this is generally only offered to larger organisations.

Length of grant?

The Foundation makes single grants, or grants split over two or three years.


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