The Allen Lane Foundation is a grant-making trust set up in 1966 by the late Sir Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books, to support general charitable causes. The Foundation no longer has closing dates. Applications will be processed continually.
The Foundation wishes to fund work which: will make a lasting difference to people's lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems; is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination; and encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community. The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group:
•· Asylum-seekers and refugees;
•· Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people;
•· Gypsies and travellers;
•· Offenders and ex-offenders;
•· Older people;
•· People from black and minority ethnic communities and migrant workers;
•· People experiencing mental health problems; people experiencing violence or abuse.
If the beneficiaries of your work do not include a significant proportion of people from one or more of these groups it is very unlikely that your application will be successful. The Foundation will make grants for start-up, core or project costs. The grants are relatively small and are likely therefore to be appropriate for costs such as: Volunteers or participants expenses, Venue hire, Part-time or sessional staffing costs, Work aimed at strengthening the organisation such as trustee or staff training. But these are only examples. There will be many other appropriate items which could be funded. While recognising (and being willing to support) on-going, tried and tested projects, the Foundation is particularly interested in unusual, imaginative or pioneering projects which have perhaps not yet caught the public imagination.
The grants are relatively modest. Single, one-off grants range from as little as £500 up to £15,000. Grants repeated for more than one year vary from about £500 per annum up to £5,000 per annum, for a maximum of three years. To make sure that grants of this size have an impact the Foundation will not fund larger organisations.
The Foundation will make single grants, or grants for two or three years. It is unlikely to make a second grant immediately after one has finished and if an application is refused, they ask applicants to wait a year before applying again.