|Brian Mercer Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants in 3 priority areas:
- Prevention and relief of human suffering – work directed towards reducing suffering caused by poverty and ill health, both in the UK or overseas. In practice this is focused on medical treatment, and scientific/technological research.
- Art – to encourage and support the development of promising young artists (working broadly in the field of visual arts), especially within the North West of the UK.
- Causes local to Blackburn, Lancashire – to provide funding for well-designed, evidence-based interventions benefiting those living in the area of Blackburn, Lancashire.
75% of funding goes towards prevention and relief of human suffering, 15% towards art and 10% towards local causes in Blackburn.
The Trust prioritises work that has been proven to be effective (i.e. work that has been evaluated and found to have positive impact). They award around £800,000 worth of grants each year.
There is no official application form, but they ask you to submit your application in the format laid out on their website. The next deadline for applications is 24th April. For more information, visit the Trust’s website.