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Galbraith Trust

Rounds – There are four rounds a year.

The closing dates for 2018 are: 28th March, 20th June & 19th September 2018

Please note that we will not process applications after the closing date.

We advise you speak to our team for guidance before submitting your application. Please contact us to make an appointment. 

Download a Galbraith Trust application form &  Guidelines for Galbraith or contact CVS on 01524 555900 or  Email

The Galbraith Trustees are likely to prioritise applications which provide social benefit to the most needy of the District, and this should be considered when making your application. Trustees would also prefer that applications involving the purchase of goods or services should give consideration to local and independent traders.

The application form contains all the guidelines you need and we encourage applicants to submit their applications electronically where possible, though this is not a requirement. Please look at advice for success for more advice about supporting paperwork.


The Galbraith Trust came into being in March 2001 with an endowment from the estate of Ian Galbraith, whose family had run hardware stores in Lancaster since the 1950s until Ian’s retirement.


The Trust has been set up to make grants to organisations (not individuals) for any charitable purpose. The receiving organisations do not need to be registered charities, but the activity for which they seek a grant must be charitable. The people benefiting from the charitable activity must live in Lancaster District (as defined by the boundaries of Lancaster City Council).


Fiona Gordon (Chair), Richard Bowker, Peter Crowther and Sue Parish

Grant making process

The Trustees meet to agree and distribute grants approximately quarterly. Applicants are asked to complete a simple form and submit their most recent Annual Report and examined/audited accounts. Lancaster District CVS acts as administrator and also provides support to any organisation needing help with their application.

The Trustees invite applications for grants of between £100 and £5,000 but will consider applications for smaller or larger amounts.

Since it began in 2001, the Trust has distributed over £610,300 to local voluntary and community organisations.