This scheme was set up in 1966 by the late Sir Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books, to support general charitable causes. The foundation has no connection with the publishing company, but five of the Trustees are members of the founder’s family.

The foundation makes grants to voluntary not-for-profit organisations in the UK for work which benefits groups of people who are under-represented in UK society. Overall, the Foundation wishes to fund work which:
1. Will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems.
2. Is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination.
3. Encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.

One-off grants of between £500 and £15,000 are available. The average grant is between £5,000 and £6,000.
Grants repeated for more than one year vary from around £500 per annum up to £5,000 per annum, for a maximum of three years.

Registered charities are eligible to apply as well as other organisations which are not charities, but which seek funding for a charitable project.
To make sure its grants have an impact, the foundation will not fund larger organisations. If an organisation works in a relatively local
area – a village, or estate or small town – to be eligible it will have an income of less than about £100,000. At the other end of the spectrum, an organisation which works across the whole of the UK will be eligible if it has an income of not more than about £250,000.

The foundation makes grants for work all over the United Kingdom but not where the beneficiaries of the work all live in London.
Organisations which have their offices in London would still be eligible provided the people who benefit from their work are not only in London.

Eligible work must benefits adults from the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than
one such group:
1. Asylum seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality).
2. Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people.
3. Gypsies and Travellers.
4. Migrant communities.
5. Offenders and ex-offenders.
6. Older people
7. People experiencing mental health problems.
8. People experiencing violence or abuse

The Foundation is particularly interested in unusual, imaginative or pioneering projects which have perhaps not yet caught the public imagination.
Further information and guidance is available by contacting Gill Aconley, Grants Officer, Allen Lane Foundation, 90 The Mount, York, YO24 1AR,
Tel: 01904 613223
Gill Aconley

Application may be submitted at any time.