The Four Lanes Trust gives money to people with ideas and projects which will improve life in Basingstoke and the surrounding district.
The Trust's interests lie mainly in three particular fields:
- Social and Community Action
- The Arts
Grants mostly range from £500 to 1000, but in some cases they give considerably more. The important thing is to provide the right amount of money for the project. They have given grants to a whole range of different groups: working mothers, community centres, sports clubs, music societies, playgroups, schools, theatre groups, village halls and youth organisations. It's always worth trying any good idea on them!
How to apply for a grant
The trustees generally meet three times a year: in March, June and November, to decide on applications and priorities. Naturally, they require as much detail as possible about each application so they can make a decision and, although every application will be different, there are certain things they will need to know about any project:-
- First: who will benefit?
- Second: how much money is needed and exactly what are we being asked to pay for. (We don't give to general appeals or individuals.) We do need careful costings for any project: i.e. estimates for equipment, exact figures for salaries etc. (We do not pay for things which have already been bought or clear debts.)
- Third: who else have you approached for money? In particular, have you asked the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council if your idea is the sort of thing they give grants for?
- Fourth: who is going to be responsible for running the project?
Their is no formal application form so, if you have an idea, compile the above details and contact the Four Lanes Trust on Basingstoke (01256) 477990 or write to: Bob Carr at 5, Ferguson Close, Basingstoke, RG21 3JA or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Trustees meet 3 times per year (March, June and November usually) and its decision is final.