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Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust - General Grants

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Grants are available to small to medium sized UK registered charities in the preferred locations of Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside that are working for the benefit of older people or people who have fallen on hard times.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust

Maximum value:


Application deadline:

None specified


The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust was founded in 1951. The main aim of the Trust is to support UK registered charities involved in the fields of medicine including medical research, the elderly, and those “who have fallen on evil days through no fault of their own”.

Objectives of Fund

The Trust's General Grants supports small to medium-sized UK registered charities working in specific areas of the North West of England for the benefit of older people and assisting people who have fallen on hard times.

Previous Success

Examples of charities receiving funding include:

  • Age UK Lancashire

  • Aidis Trust

  • Ambleside Parish Centre

  • Beacon Counselling

  • Birkenhead Young Men's Christian Association

  • Caring for Life

  • Community Housing and Therapy

  • Cued Speech Association UK

  • Disability Advice West Lancs

  • East Coast Hospice

  • The Furniture Station

  • Lancashire Flood Appeal

  • Liverpool Bereavement Services

Value Notes

Charities awarded a grant in excess £5,000 will be required to provide a written report on the progress of the project.

Usually, grant requests in excess of £50,000 will not be supported without a presentation to the trustees.

The Trustees aim to support fewer charities with larger average grants.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £2.5 million and for whom the grants will make a difference. 

  • Operating in the preferred areas of Lancashire (especially Lancaster and District including all LA postcodes), Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. (This geographical restriction, however, does not apply to medical grants.)

Applications from large well-funded charities (with income in excess of £2.5 million per annum) will normally be rejected, unless the project is a capital project.


Preferred areas of Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside

Terms and Conditions

The Trustees will, from time to time, arrange to visit the charity and/or arrange for the charity to make a presentation to a Trustees meeting, if the application is successful.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Charities primarily devoted to children.

  • Charities that are under the control of central or any local government.

  • Charities operating outside of the preferred areas, unless they seek a medical grant.

  • Applications for individuals.

  • Running costs.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is intended to support the following:

  • Medical care charities - care specifically aimed at benefiting older people, to include Alzheimer's, Macular Disease, Prostate Cancer, and Parkinson's disease, etc.

  • Charities in connection with older people - old age, homes, and carers.

  • Charities for people fallen upon hard times - disabled, hospices, ex-services, natural or man-made disasters, mental health and homelessness.

The Trustees’ preference is to support capital projects or project driven applications and not running costs or general operating expenses, although the Trustees are flexible to take account of the needs of smaller charities which operate in the Trust's preferred locations. For charities in this category consideration will be given to supporting revenue projects and running costs in addition to capital projects.

The Trustees do make grants to emergency appeals on a case by case basis.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered by Trustees three times a year in March, July and November.

A copy of the guidelines and an online application form are available on the Trust's website.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. The Secretary
    Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust
    Hill Dickinson LLP
    50 Fountain Street
    M2 2AS
    Email: [email protected]

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