Grant Applications

Grants will be awarded twice a year, in line with trustee meetings, to projects that will benefit children or people affected by cancer.

Applications for the October 2018 round are now open. Submissions must be received by 10am on Friday August 31st.

Read on to find out if your project is eligible to make an application.


Jane Tomlinson Appeal Grants Criteria

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal is committed to supporting good causes in the areas in which we operate. Grants are available for projects supporting children or anyone affected by cancer. Read on to find out if your project is eligible for funding.

What type of grants do we offer?

We fund anything from £250 to £10,000. Grants are usually one off, however on occasion the trustees have been known to fund over multiple years at their discretion.

Who do we fund?

We fund UK registered charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs).

Organisations applying must have had at least two years of activity and be able to submit their latest annual accounts.

What do we fund?

Projects working to improve the lives of children or anyone affected by cancer.

We fund projects operating in the North or the Midlands. Preference will be given to projects operating in the areas where Jane Tomlinson's Run for All hold an event.

We cover capital and revenue costs.

We will support specific project costs or core costs.

Liz Johnson And Mike Tomlinson

What can't we fund?


Public bodies

Organisations that mainly distribute grants to other organisations

Organisations with an income over £5million annually

Organisations with excessive reserves, unless this can be justified

Organisations with political associations or interests


How to Apply

If you meet all the criteria above and would like to request a grant application form, please contact with the name of the applicant organisation and a sentence or two about the project. This will help to confirm your project is eligible and then an application will be sent out to you. 

Application forms should be filled out fully and submitted electronically along with your most recent annual accounts - send to

When your application has been received, you will receive an e-mail to confirm its submission. This e-mail will give you details of when to expect a decision. Should you not receive this e-mail, please do get in touch to confirm your application has been received. Please ensure your application does not exceed 5MB as our email servers are unable to accept messages exceeding this limit. Use a file transfer service if your application exceeds this limit. 

When do we make funding decisions?

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal makes grants twice a year, in April and October. Deadlines for submissions are generally four weeks prior to the grants meeting and will be published on our website.

Decision Making

Grants are awarded by our board of trustees.

All applicants will be contacted by e-mail to let them know if they have been successful.

If you do not hear from us by the end of October 2018, you should consider yourself unsuccessful.

Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to provide feedback on unsuccessful submissions.

Successful applicants will be asked to fill in and return a grant offer form and we aim to transfer funds by cheque or BACS within one month of the trustee meeting.

We ask all grant beneficiaries to offer regular updates where possible. However, we require a project evaluation within 12 months of the receipt of the grant. The template for this can be found here (link to separate doc).

Only one application per organisation will be considered from each organisation in any one year.

If an organisation is successful, another application will not be considered for two years.

Unsuccessful applicants are asked not to apply again for a period of 12 months.

Jane's Fundraising Challenges

  • I'm delighted to support the Leeds 10k. Jane, a Sparks vice-president herself, was a truly inspirational figure who became our biggest-ever individual fundraiser.

    Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
    Four-time Olympic Gold Medallist

    Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
  • I was lucky enough to call Jane a friend and like many was touched by her determination and drive to make a difference to many millions of people's lives, despite battling with her own cruel illness.

    Steve Cram OBE
    Olympic Silver Medalist

    Steve Cram OBE
  • Jane's unwavering determination, strength courage and selflessness in the face of adversity is an inspiration to each and every one of us. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play a part in making sure that Jane's memory and legacy lives in the great work of the Appeal

    Chrissie Wellington
    Four time World Ironman Champion

    Chrissie Wellington
  • Jane has led the way on many occasions with inspirational feats that have left us all in awe of her absolute determination and keen desire to help others.

    Nell McAndrew
    Jane Tomlinson Appeal Patron

    Nell McAndrew
  • "It is a huge honour for me to be a patron of Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Jane was such a very special person. Her bravery, courage and strength were a huge inspiration to me  and I am sure to so many others. She fought cancer every step with such passion and positivity."

    Paula Radcliffe MBE

    Paula Radcliffe MBE