The Foundation's Trustees fund projects requiring either capital or revenue support. There is no general limit to the grant which can be awarded to any one project. Most grants given are for less than £20,000. In the past the Trustees have given larger grants to major one-off projects or for research projects over defined periods.
The Trustees are in appropriate cases willing to express an intention to commit funds for up to three years, if it can be shown that substantial benefit will result from an extended period of funding. An intention to commit funds for future years is always subject to funds being available at the time.
Urgent grants for small (less than £4,000) amounts can be considered between meetings, but the Trustees would expect an explanation as to why the application could not be considered at a normal meeting.
The Foundation supports charitable causes and projects in six main categories. These are
- MEDICAL AND DISABILTY
- COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN BARROW-IN-FURNESS AND THE FURNESS PENINSULA
The Foundation gives priority to applying its income to projects and causes based in Barrow-in-Furness and the Furness Peninsula.
Exceptionally, occasional community projects from the remainder of Cumbria and North Lancashire will be considered.
Some projects are supported nationally, particularly Maritime projects and a few educational Music projects.