Sir Ken and Lady Morrison Fund

Grant size: £2,500 to £10,000

Location: Bradford Metropolitan District

Deadline: 19/03/2020 at 12 noon

Sir Ken and Lady Morrison Fund

We are delighted to launch the Sir Ken and Lady Morrison Fund to support less advantaged people across Bradford District to improve their literacy.

The focus of the Fund is on building literacy and we are keen to hear from applicants that are working in Bradford who are exploring different ways to engage and support young people, families, carers and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds with reading and writing.


Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
  • Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account, but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we can work around this)
  • Are based in or supporting people living in the Bradford Metropolitan District


Size of Grant

Grants of between £2,500 – £10,000 are available.  Only one application per organisation can be considered.


What can the Fund support?

We are seeking applications from projects that can demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Improved literacy of:
    • children and young people including care leavers up to the age 25
    • adults from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Increase in parents and carers reading with their families
  • Increased support and encouragement to bring people together to improve their overall literacy


Applicants must be able to show that they are addressing a specific need in their community.  We’re looking to fund practical projects that provide real, tangible impact. We have provided a few illustrative examples but are keen to hear your ideas and see a breadth of applications:

  • Projects that encourage children to use their local library
  • Workshops or classes that support and encourage parents to read and write with their children
  • Projects that support ex-offenders to improve their literacy and engage with their families
  • Spoken word poetry workshops that engage young people with literacy in a fun and supportive environment


Monitoring and Evaluation

We are particularly keen to be able to understand the impact as a result of the grant. Accordingly, we would expect all applicants to think about what difference they expect to make as a result of the grant and how they will demonstrate this impact. All organisations awarded a grant will be expected to complete an end of grant report, but you may also want to include some form of evaluation before and after the funded project, and include costs associated with this in your application.



Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations or overseas organisations. Whilst this excludes schools and libraries we are happy to accept applications from charitable organisations which are working partnership.
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
  • Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
  • Activity primarily for the benefit of animals
  • Individuals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel
  • Capital appeals for building projects


We welcome applications that include the costs of books and resources but they need to demonstrate how they will also provide additional activities and support that will help to build people’s literacy.


When can you apply?

The fund opens on Tuesday 21 January 2020 and the deadline to apply is 12 noon on Thursday 19 March 2020. Funding will be awarded in May 2020. Funding allocated should be spent within 12 months of receipt.


Briefing Event

We are holding a briefing event for the Sir Ken and Lady Morrison Fund on Monday, 3 February 2020, 10:00 – 12:00 at The Bright Building, University of Bradford. Spaces are limited, so if you would like to attend please register here.


How do you apply for a grant?

To apply you need to complete an online application form available by clicking the Apply Now button to the left of this page.   You will also need to submit a signed copy of the organisation’s governance document, signed copy of accounts, and list of name and addresses of management committee/board members. Copies of safeguarding policy documents will be requested if applicable.

We expect this programme to be highly oversubscribed so we strongly recommend you also seek alternative sources of funding for your project to avoid disappointment.

If you’re successful, you’ll also need to sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement.

To start filling in the online form, follow the link at the end of this document. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



If your application is successful, you will be required to credit support from the Sir Ken and Lady Morrison Fund and Leeds Community Foundation, on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential monitoring visit from funders.


To Apply

Click on the Apply Now button to the left of this page for the online application.

If you require more information about this fund please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or email


A PDF of this information is available to download here.