Our Funding

Where we fund

The majority of the Foundation’s funding is prioritised towards Barrow-in-Furness and the Furness peninsula. We look for evidence of impact within the local area and the involvement of local beneficiaries.

What we fund

The Foundation supports both capital projects and revenue funding. We fund core or project costs and we have no exclusions around funding salaries.

We look for evidence of high impact, sound governance, financial sustainability, planning for the future and meeting the needs of the local community. We prioritise projects working with the most disadvantaged members of the community.

The Foundation supports charitable causes and projects in six main categories. These are:



Medical & Disability



Community Projects

Please note that we are not currently accepting new applications into our medical research category.

How we fund

Our maximum average award is currently £20,000. In the past, the Trustees have given larger grants to major one-off projects or for research projects over defined periods.

We award grants at two meetings each year, in May and November. The deadlines for these meetings are 1st March and 1st September respectively,

We currently award grants for a period of 12 months, and expect all the funding to be spent within that time period. Please plan in advance to submit your application for our May or November meeting so that, if successful, the grant can be spent within a year.

 Grants for less than £4,000 can be considered between meetings and enquiries can be made to the foundation in relation to such awards at any time. You can expect to receive a decision on a small grant within three months.


The Trustees will generally not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Sponsorship
  • Expeditions
  • Promotion of religion
  • Places of worship except when acting as a community centre
  • Animal welfare
  • Retrospective funding
  • Pressure groups
  • Community projects outside Barrow-in-Furness and the Furness Peninsula.