Our process

Thank you for interest in apply for funding through the Community Foundation. Applying for funding for your project through the Community Foundation couldn't be easier, simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

  2. Click here to see our list of funds. Based on the criteria of the fund, pick one that is right for you. 

  3. Complete the Online Application Form and attach your supporting documents.

  4. Wait to hear - we aim to give you a decision within 3 months of the deadline (please note with our Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund, we are aiming to respond within 1 week)

  5. Report back on your project. If you receive a grant, we will ask you to send us an End of Grant report.


We recognise that the Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on many community groups we support. We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available or services may need to be provided in different ways.

If you are currently in receipt of a grant from us and your organisation and services are affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your grant. For example:

  • Dates – we are happy to discuss project/service delivery and reporting dates and amended timescales if required;
  • Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outcomes originally intended or need to deliver services differently. Please contact us if you need to make changes to your delivery plan or grant budget so we can agree an alternative.


We’re here to help and be as flexible as possible during this difficult time.

Useful Information

Please note that we do not award retrospective grants – be sure to allow plenty of time to go through the grants process. For groups applying we would recommend you allow a minimum of 3 months. The process for individuals can be turned around quicker but please do still allow plenty of time, the process can take up to 2 months.

For more information read our Frequently asked questions

Get in touch

Our grants process is designed to be as simple as possible but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our grants team.

  0330 440 4900 

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