The Harris Charity
Application Guidance
Application Form
Guild 2012

Guidance for Applicants

Before completing this application please read these guidelines carefully.

Purpose of Trust:

The Trust can assist throughout Lancashire (defined by the boundaries created by the Local Government Act 1972 that came in to force in 1974) though Preston District has special priority. Its aims are to provide for the benefit of persons under the age of 25 who have a permanent residence in the County:

(a) in relieving the need, hardship or distress of such persons;
(b) in promoting the education, including social and physical training of such persons;
(c) In providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments, equipment or books to enable such persons on leaving school, university or other educational establishment to prepare for, or to enter, a profession, trade of calling;
(d) in apprenticing such persons to some useful profession, trade or calling;
(e) in providing or assisting in the provision for such persons of facilities for recreation or other leisure-time occupation in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for such persons;
(f) in making grants or donations to charitable institutions or organisations having for their object the benefit of such persons.

The Trustees are not authorised to apply income of the Charity directly in relief of rates, taxes or other public funds, but may apply income as supplementary relief or assistance provided out of public funds.


Grants made by the Trustees will be directed towards implementing the purpose of the Trust. It will not be the practise to make grants to finance course fees, supplement living expenses, meet salary costs or make general grants to groups travelling overseas. Expenditure incurred prior to the grant approval will not be reimbursed.

Applications made by individuals must be accompanied by supporting references from responsible referees (viz - Schools, Colleges, Social Services, Vicar, Priest, Minister, or such authority as the Trustees may decide to accept)

Applications from Charities must indicate the official registration number as issued by the Charity Commission. Where applications are made by Charities to support individuals, proof of residence of the beneficiaries within the qualifying area must be provided. If the Charity cannot give this due to Data Protection issues then the application will be declined.

All applications must set out in Section 4 of the application form what other fundraising and self help they have achieved or hope to achieve.

The half yearly dates by which the applications must be submitted are 31 March and 30 September. Successful applicants are notified in July and January respectively following the closing date each year. Each request for a grant must be made on an official application form.

All grants are made entirely at the Trustees discretion who may insist on a full reporting back procedure to ensure that grants have been expended in accordance with the application.

Please return this form together to:
Mr David Ingram, the Secretary, The Harris Charity, c/o Moore and Smalley LLP, Richard House, 9 Winckley Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3HP.

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