Application Guidelines

Before completing the application please read these guidelines carefully.

Purpose of Trust

The Trust can assist throughout Lancashire (defined by the boundaries created by the Local Government Act 1972 that came in to force in 1974), though Preston District has special priority. Its aims are to provide for the benefit of persons under the age of 25 years who have a permanent residence in the County:

  1. in relieving the need, hardship or distress of such persons;
  2. in promoting the education, including social and physical training of such persons;
  3. in providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments, equipment or books to enable such persons on leaving school, university or other educational establishment to prepare for, or to enter, a profession, trade or calling;
  4. in apprenticing such persons to some useful profession, trade of calling;
  5. in providing or assisting in the provision for such persons of facilities for recreation or other leisure-time occupation in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for such persons;
  6. in making grants or donations to charitable institutions or organisations having for their object the benefit of such persons.

The Trustees are not authorised to apply income of the Charity directly in relief of rates, taxes or other public funds, but may apply income as supplementary relief or assistance provided out of public funds.


Grants made by the Trustees will be directed towards implementing the purposes of the Trust. It will not be the practice to make grants to finance courses, supplement living expenses, meet salary costs or make general grants to groups travelling overseas.

Expenditure incurred prior to grant approval will not be reimbursed.

Individual applicants may be required to supply  supporting references from responsible referees (faith leader, employer,, or such authority as the Trustees may decide to accept).

Applications from charities must indicate the official registration number as issued by the Charity Commission.

Where applications are made by charities to support individuals, evidence of residence of the beneficiaries (such as postcodes) within the qualifying area must be provided. If the charity cannot provide this due to Data Protection issues then the application will be declined.

All applicants must make certain that they provide all financial information requested..

The half yearly dates by which applications must be submitted are 31 March and 30 September. Successful applicants  are notified in July and January  respectively following the closing date each half year. Each request for a grant must be made on an official application form.

All grants are made entirely at the Trustees’ discretion who may insist on a full reporting back procedure to ensure that grants have been expended in accordance with the application.

If completing the paper application, please return the completed form  to:  Mr David Ingram, The Secretary, The Harris Charity, c/o MHA , Richard House, 9 Winckley Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3HP.


By completing the application form all applicants confirm that they have read the ‘Guidelines’ for Grants of The Harris Charity, confirm that the information given is correct to the best of their knowledge, and that the decision of The Trustees is final.

Applicants acknowledge that in completing and submitting their application they have give The Harris Charity their consent for the charity to process their application for considering the application (see the full Privacy Policy on the link below)