Investing in families


Colyer-Fergusson Trust believes that ‘families’  in the most inclusive sense of the word, are the yarn that creates the fabric of society.   Individual families can be delicate and vulnerable at times; but woven together into communities they are remarkably resilient and strong.  But too many are struggling at the sharp end of socio-economic problems; facing persistent and chronic poverty and overwhelmed by desperate circumstances.  Poverty restricts their choices and too many are having to make impossible decisions, such as whether to heat their homes or pay their rent.    

This programme supports charitable organisations offering interventions to meet the needs of families with a wide-range of problems, including debt; drug and alcohol abuse; mental health issues; domestic abuse; caring for a sick or disabled family member and the short and long-term impacts of bereavement. 

The Trust is a Living Wage Funder and it encourages grant applicants to cost all salaries included in their application at the living wage rate.  The current living wage rate can be found here

When to Apply

• If you apply before the end of March you will receive a grant decision in early July
• If you apply by the 15 July you will receive a grant decision in mid-October
• If you apply by the end of November you will receive a grant decision in early March


Download the programme guidance material 

Download the questions and prepare your application in advance

Apply online here

Make sure you review our recent grants to see the size of grants usually given through this programme.