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. To be eligible to apply, you must:

    -Have at least three unrelated members of the management committee/ Directors, or Trustees.

    -Be either a registered charity, charitable company/CIC that is limited by Guarantee or a constituted community organisation. 

    -If you are a national organisation you will need to have a permanent local presence or branch in Lancashire that delivers projects and services for people in the area. There should be a local management team and evidence of income and expenditure for Lancashire activity, rather than national accounts.

  2. Please read the Essential Information before applying

  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

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

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

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 


Total of grants awarded = £606,000

Average grant size = £3,487

Number of grants = 174

Beneficiaries = 120,000

Grants Awarded

Community Foundation for Lancashire & Merseyside is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. Using the 360Giving Data Standard, our awarded grants since 2022 are available here.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to Community Foundation for Lancashire & Merseyside.

We believe that with better information, funders can be more effective and strategic decision makers. 360Giving supports funders to publish open data about their grants, and empowers people to use this data to improve charitable giving through a range of free online tools. For more information, visit 

Excel format -  Q1-Q4 360Giving Report 22-23

Excel format - Q1-Q4 360Giving Report 23-24

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