Children and Young People

Childs Charitable Trust (UK) 17th September 2020

The Childs Charitable Trust offers grants to registered and excepted Christian charities based in the UK and operating in countries worldwide. Projects will be considered that fall into the following categories: Working in schools and with vulnerable and disengaged young people in the UK: All aspects of Christian outreach: Society i.e. social action and justice: All areas of Christian education. No minimum or maximum grant level is published,...

Funding for New Solutions to Youth Unemployment (England) 17th September 2020

Voluntary or community-sector organisations working with unemployed young people can apply for funding to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. The funding which is being made available through the Youth Futures Foundation is looking to new solution to youth unemployment that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to reach more young people. Two types of grants are available: Development Grants o...

Nature Grants for Schools (England, Scotland & Wales) 16th September 2020

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training as part of the third instalment of Local School Nature Grants. Schools can choose from over 100 different products to deliver outdoor learning and play. The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grant scheme. The charity has...

Music Education Hub Development Fund (England) 16th September 2020

The Youth Music Network has launched round 2 of the Music Education Hub (MEH) Development fund. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to partnerships of at least three Music Education Hub lead organisations such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art organisations, community or voluntary organisations. Round two of the fund is an opportunity to respond to the life-shaping events of 2020 by encouraging Hubs to work together to adapt t...

Covid-19 School Holiday Activity Fund (London) 15th September 2020

Grants of up to £4,000 are available to enable registered charities and mainstream state schools to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays. The John Lyon’s Charity’s Covid-19 School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes which provide activities in accordance with current Government Guidelines for young people in the boroughs of Barnet, Bren...

Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged and Disengaged Young People (England & Wales) 14th September 2020

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales. Priority is given to projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 16 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent. There is no minimum or maximum amount and proje...

Religious Education Grants for Schools Scheme (England and Wales) 14th September 2020

Grants of up to £600 are available to state secondary schools (including middle schools) to support the purchase of resources for teaching Christianity in Religious Education. Grants can cover, for example, teaching resources including textbooks, teacher resources, artefacts, videos, tapes and CD-roms for use in RE lessons. The funding is being made available through the Jerusalem Trust and applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People and Children (England and Wales) 11th September 2020

Charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged children and young people. The funding is being made available through the Masonic Charitable Foundations Early Years Opportunities Grant scheme. The Foundation operates two funding streams. Small grants of between £500 and £5,000 per year for up to 3 years and large grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to 3 years. The next fund...

Funding to Support the Sustainability of the Youth & Play Sector (Bristol) 11th September 2020

Youth and play work organisations from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups can apply for funding of up to £10,000 (£30,00 for partnerships) for projects and collaborations that result in a diverse range of services for children and young people aged 8-19 years old. Bristol City Council’s Youth Sector Support Fund aims to help the youth and play sector to become more sustainable, and reach into communities by either wor...

Interest-Free Loans for the Purchase of Musical Instruments & Equipment (England and Northern Ireland) 11th September 2020

Interest-free loans are available for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment, to help ensure that more people across England and Northern Ireland can access instruments and learn to play. The Take it Away Scheme works with music retailers to allow applicants to buy almost any musical instrument available, such as traditional instruments like violins, clarinets, guitars and pianos, contemporary equipment like synthesizers, drum machi...

Funding to Help Childcare Providers Reopen in Response to the Covid-19 Crisis (Scotland) 10th September 2020

Applications are now open for funding to help childcare providers in Scotland meet the extra costs of complying with public health guidance. The Transitional Support Fund, provided by the Scottish Government, will provide one-off grants of between £1500 and £8000 to private, voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, including out-of-school care providers, and will be based on Care Inspectorate registered capacity. Eligible settings can apply for...

Public Engagement Spark Awards Re-open for Applications (UK) 9th September 2020

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Public Engagement Spark Awards has re-opened for applications. Awards of up to £15,000 are available to schools as well as scientists and engineers, museums, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups, etc to deliver high-quality public engagement activities that focus on a topic within the Council’s remit. This can include astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle ph...

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme Due to Re-open for Applications in September 2020 (UK) 8th September 2020

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme is due to re-open for applications on the 21st September 2020.  Through the programme grants of up to £1,000 are available to schools in the UK to set up Breakfast clubs. To qualify for the programme the breakfast club must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and priority will be given to schools that have 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium fun...

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme Focusing Support on Children and Young People (UK) 4th September 2020

At the end of September the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund will close and in its place during October, November and December Tesco will be providing grants of £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people. Grants of £1,000 will be awarded to charities, voluntary or community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers for projects which help...

Funding For Projects That Assist Disadvantaged Young People (UK) 3rd September 2020

Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available for projects which empower disadvantaged young people aged 11 -25 in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work, and social skills. The funding is being made available through the KFC Foundation and is available to local charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs and associations which have a local KFC restaurant in their c...

£250,000 Digital Inclusion Fund for Disadvantaged Young Adult Learners (Scotland) 3rd September 2020

A new £250,000 Scottish Government programme has been launched to provide disadvantaged young adult learners with the resources they need to engage in online learning and stay connected with families and communities. Funding from the Digital Inclusion Fund will be used to purchase laptops, tablets and other devices, as well as providing access to training and support in order to promote digital inclusion and connectivity. YouthLink Scotland,...

Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children (UK) 1st September 2020

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation's grants programmes. Funding of up to £1,500 is available through the small grants programme for projects lasting up to six months and £50,000 through the large grants programme for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have...

Grants of up to £100,000 Available to Help Young People Realise their Potential (Scotland) 27th August 2020

Voluntary and community organisations as well as social enterprises can apply for grants of £10,001 to £100,000 for projects that help young people across Scotland aged eight to 24 to become more confident and play an active part in realising their potential. To be successful applicants will need to work towards achieving at least one of the following three outcomes: children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbe...

Funding to Support Disabled Children and Children with Life Limiting Conditions During the Coronavirus Pandemic (UK) 27th August 2020

In response to the coronavirus, the True Colours Trust has adapted its small grants scheme for the next funding round. Through the Small Grants UK Covid-19 Support programme, funding of up to £5,000 will now be available to help smaller charities to adapt their services to enable them to continue or resume supporting disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families during the pandemic. This might include normal run...

Funding to Improve the Health Outcomes for Mothers and Babies from Deprived Areas or BAME Backgrounds (England) 25th August 2020

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England can apply for funding of between £200,000 and £510,000 for projects which improve health outcomes for mothers and babies from preconception to two and a half years of age in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds. This new round of the £3.3 million VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund has been launched with the theme of ‘Starting Well’ to support community projects wh...

Funding to Encourage Young People to Study Science Subjects (UK) 18th August 2020

In response to the much publicised skills gap in the British engineering industry, the Ironmongers’ Foundation wishes to support initiatives that encourage talented young people under the age of 25 to study science subjects at school and go on to pursue engineering-related further education or vocational training. The funding is available to registered or exempt charities within the UK , with a preference for urban areas outside London and p...

£4 Million Funding Pot for Childcare Providers Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wales) 18th August 2020

Funding of over £4million is being made available to support childcare providers in Wales which have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the Childcare Provider Grant, childcare settings who have been unable to access other business support schemes offered by the UK and Welsh Governments will be eligible for a one-off grant of either £2,500 or £5,000. Funding can be used for costs such as rent, utilities and unmet wages to hel...

Funding for Music Making Projects For Young People in Challenging Circumstances (England) 17th August 2020

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstance as well as strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations, and/or the wider sector. The funding is being made available through Youth Music which is England's largest children's music charity. Youth Making's funding programme is made up of t...

Funding to Support the Education of Young People with Physical or Learning Disabilities (Scotland) 10th August 2020

The John Watson Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 30th October 2020. Schools, charitable organisations and other groups supporting young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged can apply. Previous awards of around £1,000 have been made to schools for items such as dyslexia tuition or books and equipment. For example, Castleview Primary Schoo...

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK) 6th August 2020

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000. Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, sup...

Funding to Turn Ideas into Positive Change (Scotland) 6th August 2020

Grant of up to £500 are available to individuals aged 16-26 looking to make a positive change in the issues that matter to them. The funding can be used by individuals to get their idea up and running and will help cover some of those costs. In addition, business support is available for those who decide to turn their idea into a business. The funding is being made available through the Pounds for Purpose grants programme and to be eligible...

Funding for Christian Projects Focusing on Improving Young Peoples Lives (UK) 5th August 2020

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to churches and Christian organisations to help them connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their area. Support is available for projects that focus on improving the lives of young people (aged 0-18) and encouraging church growth as young people discover faith for themselves and begin to play an active part in church communities. Examples of the types of items that...

Funding to Help the Childcare Sector Reopen Safely After Coronavirus (Scotland) 30th July 2020

The Scottish Government is making funding of £11.2 million available to support the childcare sector with the cost of safely reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. All private and third sector childcare providers can apply for funding from the Transitional Support Fund to help meet the extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance such as increased cleaning, investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space t...

Equipment Grants for Disabled and Disadvantaged Young People (UK) 28th July 2020

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding for equipment that help mentally, physical and socially disadvantaged children. Funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment and activity aids; sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and sports areas; transport and soft playrooms. The funding is being made available through the Wooden Spoon Society's Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the...

Funding to Improve the Lives of Young People (UK) 27th July 2020

Churches and Christian charities can apply for grants of up to £25,000 for projects focused on improving the lives of young people aged 18 and under across the UK. Through All Churches Trust Growing Lives Programme, religious organisations can apply for funding to help them run innovative, impactful projects that help young people to explore and grow in faith, get active, access training and work opportunities, develop life and leadership ski...

Comic Relief Funding for Projects Which Deliver Change in Local Communities (England) 22nd July 2020

Charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, and CIC’s across England can apply for grants of up to £4,000 for projects which deliver change in their local communities. Through Comic Relief’s Project Delivery Grants, organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 can apply for funding for projects that address one of their four strategic themes: children survive and thrive; fighting for gen...

Grants to Support Children’s Health and Education (UK and Ireland) 17th July 2020

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme has been extended to the 6th October 2020. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas; Children and young people with disabilities; Children and young people who are sick in hospital; Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care). The...

Funding to Provide Pupils from Disadvantaged Communities with Healthy Breakfasts (England) 6th July 2020

In response to the coronavirus, Family Action are offering support to schools in disadvantaged communities across England to improve access to healthy breakfasts during the pandemic. Under the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) umbrella, the NSBP Covid-19 response is designed to ensure that the most disadvantaged children have access to a healthy breakfast, without barrier or stigma. Eligible schools who have previously applied for sup...

Vouchers to Provide Free Meals Over the School Summer Holiday Period (England) 30th June 2020

The UK Government has launched the Covid Summer Food Fund to support children over the summer holiday period who usually receive benefits-related free school meals. Through the Fund, schools can support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the standard six-week holiday period, or £105 if the school’s summer holiday lasts seven full weeks. Vouchers must be ordered by schools through the Edenred portal at least one week before the end...

Funding to Support the Most At-Risk Young People Affected by the Covid-19 Crisis (UK) 11th June 2020

From July 2020, UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5 million per year and who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for unrestricted grants of up to £2,500. The funding can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future. The funding is being made available through the 7Stars Founda...

Funding for Projects that Support the Education and Development of Children and Young People (England) 9th June 2020

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. Of particular interests are projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under...

Grants of up to £1,000 Available for Projects that Improve the Wellbeing of Children (UK) 8th June 2020

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children. Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas: Living in Poverty; Physical & Mental Health Problems; Health & Wellbeing; Living With Disability. Examples of grants awarded in the past include a grant of £5,000 to the Panathlon Foundation for the...

Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs (UK) 28th May 2020

Variety, the Childrens Charity, has grants of £250 to £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition, UK Youth or the or National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure. On oc...

Grants for NEXT Employees with Children (UK) 21st May 2020

The Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust are providing grants for parents or carers working for retailer NEXT who are experiencing financial difficulty or are facing an unexpected change in circumstances such as redundancy or long-term illness. The Trust will provide grants to support children (0-18 years) whose parents or carers have been working for NEXT for at least one year, or previously worked for them within the last nine years. Fundi...

£37.3 Million Available for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (England) 20th May 2020

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21, which is expected to help more than 75,000 families in England. Families with children that have complex needs and disabilities will receive grants from the Family Fund for vital equipment to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers, specialist equipment and educati...

BBC Children in Need Covid-19 Response Grants (UK, Isle of Man & the Channel Islands) 15th May 2020

In response to the coronavirus, BBC Children in Need are temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new Covid-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus. From the 18th May 2020 current grant-holders will be...

Funding to Support Youth Services Affected by the Coronavirus (Bristol) 11th May 2020

Bristol City Council are reopening their Youth Sector Support Fund grant programme to support Bristol-based youth sector organisations whose finances have been significantly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Voluntary, community and social enterprise groups working with local, disadvantaged children and young people aged 8-19 years can now apply for grants of up to £15,000 to help them maintain contact with young people, and to recover and con...

Lord's Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme (UK) 23rd April 2020

The Lord's Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has re-opened its Accessible Minibuses grants programme. SEN Schools in the UK can apply to the Lord's Taverners for specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses. Last year the Lord's Taverners delivered 40 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord's Ta...

£8 Million Funding to Support Adoptive Families Affected by Coronavirus (England) 20th April 2020

The Department for Education has announced that up to £8 million will be available to provide emergency support for adoptive families affected by the coronavirus. Through the COVID-19 Adoption Support Fund local authorities and regional adoption agencies will be able to pay for therapy for families whose adopted children may have already suffered trauma, and be made more anxious due to social distancing and the uncertainty of the effects of t...

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme (UK) 14th April 2020

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme which supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family is currently open for applications. The fund will cover the purchase of critical items such as gas or electric cookers and other essential household items. Applications need to be submitted by a referr...

Funding to Support Young People Affected by the Coronavirus (Scotland) 7th April 2020

Micro grants of up to £500 are available to youth groups and workers in Scotland to help meet the needs of young people aged 8 – 25 years who are affected by the coronavirus. The Youth Scotlands Action Fund has been established to embrace new ways to help keep young people connected with their peers and communities, helping reduce the risk of isolation and loneliness, and ensuring their mental health and wellbeing is maintained. Funding is...

Prince’s Trust and NatWest Launch Enterprise Relief Fund (UK) 6th April 2020

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus. The Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. In conjunction...

Grants Available for Projects Benefitting Children and Young People (London) 27th March 2020

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for small one-off projects lasting up to one year that promote the life-chances of children and young people through education and family support. State schools; Independent schools with charitable status; Local authorities; Exempt and Registered charities and national organisations with a track record and reputation of working to benefit children and young people can apply. The work must be carried out in...

New Funding Programme Announced to Keep Children Safe from Crime and Violence (UK) 25th March 2020

A new £6 million fund has been launched to support organisations working to prevent youth offending and make communities safer. Comic Relief and the Youth Endowment Fund have joined forces to help keep children safe from violence by co-designing a new funding programme with help from young people affected by youth violence; and those organisations and individuals with experience of prevention. The programme will aim to ensure that children mo...

Funding for Young Entrepreneurs (UK) 18th March 2020

Innovate UK has announced the launch of its £2.2 million Young Innovators Programme in partnership with The Prince’s Trust. Through the programme, grants of £5,000, as well as one-on-one coaching and an allowance to cover living costs, will be available to 18-30 year olds with a creative and ground-breaking business idea. Studies from Innovate UK, the UK government’s innovation support organisation, shows that half of young people in th...

YHA Family Support Support Programme Opens for Applications (England) 30th January 2020

The Youth Hostel Association is offering a free two-night stay with meals in Youth Hostels in England and Wales to families struggling with financial hardship, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, homelessness or other challenging circumstances. One break per year at a YHA Youth Hostel (a list of participating hostels is on the website) is available to families with up to two adults and children aged 2 – 18 years where the annual h...

Funding for Projects that Empower Young People (Northern Ireland) 7th November 2019

Voluntary or community organisations are eligible to apply for grants of £10,000 to £500,000 for projects lasting one to five years that give young people aged 8 to 25 the ability to overcome the challenges they face. The funding will focus on projects that result in more young people having the skills they need for the future; young people having better relationships with their support networks and communities; and improved health and wellb...

Funding for Activities that Reduce the Amount of Sugar Eaten by Children (London) 29th October 2019

Organisations working with families in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea can apply for grants to deliver activities that cut back the amount of sugar eaten by children. Organisations can apply for up to £500 for one-off events, or up to £1,000 for activities that take place over several sessions. This can include purchasing equipment or additional staffing. Priority will be given to activities that reach children and families most at r...

The Japan Society Small Grants Programme (UK) 10th October 2019

Educational establishments such as schools and colleges as well as community based organisations that wish to develop projects and events that promote an understanding of Japan and Japanese culture are able to apply for funding through the Japan Society's Small Grants programme. The awards support projects with an education or youth focus. Most awards are of £1,000 or less and should not, in principle, cover more than 50% of the total budget....

£100,000 Available for Youth Projects (Cumbria) 9th August 2019

Projects that encourage young people to take action on the issues that matter to them can apply for up to £5,000 through the #iwill Fund. The aim of the fund is to increase volunteering, fundraising and campaigning among people aged between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people. Projects could be online, extra-curricular, informal or in already created groups. Administered by the Cumbria Community Foundation, the fund is open to...

Funding Available to Enable Young Scots to Reach Their Potential (Scotland) 23rd July 2019

Third Sector organisations including voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, co-operatives and charities; etc can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 for projects that help young people aged between 8 and 24 overcome barriers and to realise their ambition and potential. Projects should relate to at least one of the following; physical, mental and emotional wellbeing; connec...

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Pupils in State Schools (London) 12th June 2019

The John Lyon's Charity has announced that its Schools in Partnership Fund is open for applications. Through the programme, the charity is making grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 to groups of state schools (in partnership with local voluntary organisations where appropriate) for projects aimed at supporting their most challenged pupils, strengthening links with home life and coordinating the support of other available professionals. The...