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The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity set up with the consent of Her Majesty The Queen to benefit causes primarily within the County Palatine.

The Duchy Fund now covers the Counties of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The Trustees of the Fund invite a wide variety of community based Organisations and Chartible causes within these three Counties to apply for a donation that will benefit the local community.

The photograph on the left shows Karen Phillips presenting a Duchy cheque to Rabbi Goldberg of Ezer Layeled, that provides indivual school support to children and young people, up to the age of 19 years, with a range of special educational needs within a traditional Orthodox Jewish environment.


The Trustees are particularly interested in the following:
causes with which the Duchy has historical association such as Church livings, Estates etc. within the boundaries of the three Counties and purposes which will benefit the community;
Trusts, Associations and Institutions that maintain and preserve monuments, Estates and possessions of the Duchy which prove to be of benefit tot he public and local community;
Organisations which provide care and support for the elderly, infirm and disadvantaged members of society;
Community Associations that benefit local people;
Organisations for young people e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cadets, Youth Organisations etc., and
Support for educational initiatives that will have beneficial results for the local community.

Application Process

A single grant will only be made to an organisation within a two year period and will normally be between £250 - £1000.

The Trustees will not normally make grants towards Organisations, Association and Charitable causes outside the Duchy boundaries or to individuals, political causes, fund raising bodies, salary requests or recurrent costs.

The Duchy Panel considers all applications on a quarterly basis for Greater Manchester and the form can be downloaded below.

Please Note:

Organisations based in the County of Lancashire should apply to: 

Sue Wilding (01772 533364)

Organisations based in Merseyside should apply to:

Sean McEvoy (0151 224 4072)

Download an application form for Greater Manchester

Duchy Fund Form (.doc)
Duchy Fund Form (.pdf)

Completed forms should be sent to the Duchy Adminstrator