FINE Directory

Welcome to our Funding Directory which is currently open to all as part of our support to the North East VCSE sector during the Covid-19 crisis. If you are searching for specific Covid-19 funding opportunities, please select Covid-19 support in the Type of Funding search field below.

Allen Lane Foundation

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£727,580 (2018/2019)


£962,687 (2018/2019)


Z Teale, M Frankel OBE, J Walker, F Teale, M Hyde, P Walsh, J Cadbury


UK with priority for work outside London


Generally February, June and October

Geographical Areas of Work: County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, North East
Areas of Work: Abuse, Asylum, BME, Campaigning, Policy, Advocacy, Community Development, Disadvantage, Poverty, Mental Health, Offending Crime, Older People, Social Welfare, Community Care
Grant Amount: £1,000 - £5,000, £5,000 - £10,000, £10,000 - £50,000
Covid-19 support or funding information:
Type of Funding: Core costs, Project running costs
Type of Organisation Funded: Registered Charity, Non-registered Charity, Community Group, Unconstituted Organisation, Social Enterprise, CIC (Community Interest Company), Company limited by guarantee

The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits adults in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group:
Asylum seekers and refugees (not single nationalities)
Gypsies and Travellers
Migrant communities (not single nationalities)
Offenders and ex-offenders
Older people
People experiencing mental health problems
People experiencing violence or abuse

They are interested in funding work that
-will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems.
-reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination.
-encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.

The Foundation funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations. The Foundation makes grants for up to three years, with a total value of £500-£15,000 (average £5,000 - £6,000). They are interested in funding charitable causes which we believe to be unpopular both in society, and with other funders. The Foundation makes grants for start-up, core or project costs. They aim to help organisations to become sustainable, supporting running and core costs to enable them to have flexibility, security and longevity.

Applicants do not have to be registered charities but grants should be sought for charitable purposes. If an organisation works in a local area it should have an income of less than about £100,000. An organisation that works across the whole of the UK should have an income of not more than about £250,000.

The Foundation is particularly interested in unusual, imaginative or pioneering projects which have perhaps not yet caught the public imagination.

NEW - Social Cohesion Programme:

The aims of the new programme:

To proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area.
To proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community.
To fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.

The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations which have a focus of work being at a very local/community level, which could be a housing estate or distinct community. Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively.


In 2018/19 the Foundation committed to 140 new grants totalling £731,233.

Most of the grants offered were single grants, with 23 grants over a two years and six grants over three years. The most grants made (35) and the highest total funded (£163,687) went to groups and organisations supporting older people. The next highest total of grants awarded (28) were to organisations supporting to refugees and asylum seekers. The average size of grant was £5,223.


All information and material is available online. An eligibility quiz will lead to an application form. Contact emails for specific programme queries can also be found on this page.


Alcohol or drug misuse
Animal welfare or animal rights
Annual or one-off events or festivals
Capital grants
Children and young people
Endowments or contributions to other grant-making bodies
General arts or cultural or language projects
General health or healthcare
Holidays or holiday play-schemes or day-trips
Medical research
Museums or galleries
One-to-one general counselling
Overseas travel
Physical or learning disability
Private and/or mainstream education
Property purchase, building or refurbishment
Restoration or conservation of historic buildings or sites
Single nationality community groups
Sports and recreation
University or post-graduate education
Vehicle purchase
Work which with Trustees believe is rightly the responsibility of the state
Work which will already have taken place before a grant is agreed