Lancashire Red Rose Responding Fund Guidelines 

The Community Foundation for Lancashire, working with local and national partners are pleased to launch the Lancashire Red Rose Responding Fund. This follows on from our COVID -19 Community Support Fund which was launched in March 2020.

The overall aim of the fund is to support local charities, voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis- specifically relating to mental health.

The fund will prioritise projects which directly respond to acute need and are delivered by organisations based within their local community and able to provide appropriate provision for the people they support.

Funding for the Lancashire Red Rose Responding fund is currently being provided by:

  • W O Street Foundation Lancashire Endowment
  • National Emergencies Trust (NET) in partnership with UK Community Foundations
  • Lancashire County Council

 The fund is available to support people’s mental health of all ages and backgrounds. Priorities include:

 The BAME community who have suffered disproportionately from Covid-19 infection and death rates. This includes provision from organisations with the understanding of cultural backgrounds and able to offer multilingual support if needed.

  • Older people and people with physical or learning difficulties who have experienced increased social isolation
  • Those who have suffered loss of family and friends
  • Younger people affected by reduced social and educational engagement
  • Those suffering with anxiety and depression as a result of other negative Covid-19 impact such as financial pressures and debt

Additional Criteria

Please note that, for this round, funding should be spent by the end of December.

Who can apply?

Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils.

How much is available?

Grants of up to £5,000 are available. We can accept applications from organisations who have previously received funding from our Covid-19 Community Support Fund as long as the original funding has been spent and monitoring provided. Please note that reduced grants as contributions may be awarded to ensure we are able to support as many community organisations as possible.

What cannot be funded?

  • Individuals
  • Organisations with less than 3 unrelated Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members
  • Projects and activities classed as a statutory responsibility
  • Private Businesses or CICs limited by shares
  • Retrospective funding
  • National organisations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities

 How to apply?

Click here for the online application form. You can attach supporting documents to your online application, or email them to

Closing date

Friday 30th April at 4pm

Documents which need to be included with your application:

  1. A copy of your governing document.
  2. A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document.
  3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group. If you do not have a bank account in place, you must be able to nominate another organisation to hold the funds (CVS, another local charity, church etc.)
  4. A list of your Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members
  5. A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure, we recommend taking advice from your local CVS.

If you have applied to us within the last 12 months and provided this information we do not need you to send it again, although we may require a more recent bank statement.

What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.  Decisions are expected in early June and a further round of funding will follow.

Community Foundation for Lancashire

Third Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN

Telephone: 0330 440 4900