The Brian Mercer Trust does not have any preference for any particular type of intervention or any region of the world.  When selecting successful applications our main objective  is all about doing the most good in the world, for the money invested.

Applications now closed for October meeting


Date of next meetings:


14th January 2021, last date for applications 17th December 2020

15th April 2021, last date for applications 18th March 2021

15th July 2021, last date for applications 17 June 2021

Eligibility for grants

The Brian Mercer Trust does not issue grants for:

  • charities based outside the UK and Ireland

  • individuals

  • medical research projects

  • interventions that discriminate on gender, religion, sexual orientation, disablity, race, colour or ethnicity

  • UK initiatives for specific local areas other than Blackburn, Lancashire

* please note, the Trust is only permitted to issue grants to charities registered in the UK or Ireland.   

In order to increase the proportion of applications that receive funding and consistent with the Trust's ethos of "making a difference," applications are currently restricted to organisations with an annual income of no greater than £700,000.

The Trust gives unrestricted funding to a small number of charities.  Such unrestriced funding is at the discretion of trustees and cannot be applied for.  In order not to duplicate the work of charities receiving unrestricted funds the trust does not currently accept applications for projects addressing:

  • emergencies/disasters/refugees

  • eyesight

  • malaria

Other than unrestricted grants referred to above, the maximum grant size is a single payment of £15,000 or £10,000 pa for up to three years. 

The Trust does not consider re-applications from organisations whose bid did not receive frunding for a period of 2 years from the original application. 

​​Application Form


In order to:


  • reduce the number of unsuccessful applications

  • simplify the application process

  • reduce applicants' workload

  • facilitate the Brian Mercer Trust's ability to make informed decisions


Applications must be made by completing the form at the bottom of this page. 

Simply download the form and and fill out the editable blank fields.

Completed  forms should be emailed back to

with the subject entered as the name of your organisation followed by "BMT application" e.g. "Prevention of Poverty BMT application"

Applications should be received at least 4 weeks before the next Trustee's meeting.

​Date of forthcoming meetings:


14th January 2021, last date for applications 17th December 2020

15th April 2021, last date for applications 18th March 2021

15th July 2021, last date for applications 17 June 2021

Tips on completing the form


The completed form is limited to three pages. We recognise this is likely to prove a challenge. Ensure your responses are succinct and to the point. Prioritise what is most relevant for the application. 

The maximum number of lines for each section cannot be exceeded. Each line allows entry of approximately 110 characters. 

Include links to additional information we might find helpful, e.g. to on-line reports, pictures, video or impact assessments.  Alternatively, additional files may also be sent as attachments.

A detailed breakdown of costing is not required, though you may attach a document of costings if you wish.  The Trust will pay for administration and overheads so long as these appertain only for the project applied for. 

Evidence of effectiveness and/or means of evaluating the proposed intervention is particularly important, especially for applications under "Prevention and Relief of Human Suffering."  



How we manage applications


Applications will be acknoweldged, usually within a few days of receipt.

Applications declined through not meeting our eligibility criteria will be informed within two weeks of receipt. 

All eligible applications will be reviewed individually by trustees before further detailed scrutiny at quarterly meetings.

Applicants may receive a request for clarification or further information at any stage. 

Applicants will be informed of trustee decisions during the week following the meeting. 



Download your grant
application form here.

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