Violet Laidlaw Trust Fund

Grants to support people made homeless as a result of alcohol and drug addiction, domestic violence, family breakdown and mental ill health in Cumbria. Priority will be given to applicants from Carlisle.

A bequest from the estate of Violet Laidlaw, formerly of Scotby and Carlisle. Violet studied home economics and the nursing of sick children. Her philosophy was to be considerate to others, always finding the good points in people and never passing judgement. From a young age she showed a concern for the welfare of the homeless and less-fortunate, giving support whenever needed.

Who can apply?
• individuals who are supported by an independent case worker or health professional
• charitable groups helping homeless people in the district of Carlisle

Examples of projects the Fund has supported:
• household items for a homeless person to move into their new home
• renovation of buildings to create a supported accommodation service
• tents for rough sleepers
• handy person’s scheme

How much can you apply for?
Grants will normally be between £500 – £1,000 over one year; however, there is no maximum award amount.

Normally, individuals will qualify for only one award from the Fund.

If you would like further information about this fund please contact:
Lisa Blackwell on 01900 825760 or email