Children and Young People

Aspirational Awards for Care Experienced Young People (Scotland) 25th April 2018

Care experienced young people aged 21-26 can apply for an Award to transform their lives by helping them to realise an ambition or dream or achieve a long-term goal. Flexible awards can cover the costs of a range of activities from start-up business support to volunteering abroad. Good applications will demonstrate careful thought about the future; clarity about what the applicant wants to achieve; determination by evidencing the steps already...

Funding to Support Education in Disadvantaged Areas (UK / International) 23rd April 2018

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas. The British & Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) normally makes grants for educational projects totalling about £600,000 in any one year. The majority (85% of grants) are made to charities and educational bodies (with charitable status). Schools wishing to apply need to have either charita...

The Summer Play Scheme Programme 2018 Opens for Applications (UK) 16th April 2018

The Hilden Charitable Funds Summer Play Scheme is now open for applications. The Fund supports community groups and voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000 that run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 18 in disadvantaged communities. Supported schemes should be locally based, last between two and six weeks and have strong volunteer support. Some priority will be given to projects which show that they are...

Grants for Young People’s Social Action Projects (UK) 13th April 2018

Young people aged 15 – 24 years are being invited to apply for one of 20 grants of £500 to help them to #SpringForward with their social action project. Grants will be awarded to innovative and inspiring ideas that are imaginative and that include the use of digital technology. Funded projects can be, for example, skills workshops, podcasts, journalism pieces, live events, community initiatives or apps. Grants will be awarded to imaginativ...

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders (UK) 11th April 2018

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK or in larger areas should normally have an income...

Ford Britain Trust's Small Grants Re-opens for Applications (England & Wales) 9th April 2018

The Ford Britain Trust's Small Grants gas re-opened for applications until the 30th April 2018. Through the Small Grants Programme registered charities, Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £250 for projects that benefit the local community/environment; work with young people/children; promote education/schools (mainstream); and support special educational needs an...

Youth Hostel Association Grant Scheme Opens for Applications (England & Wales) 5th April 2018

The Youth Hostel Association's (YHA's) Educational Breaks Programme has re-opened for applications.Grants of up to 50% of the costs of taking up to 10 students aged between 8 and 18 on an educational break are available; where members of the group are eligible for pupil premium and where they face additional social challenges. Schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organisations can apply on the behalf of any individual or grou...

New Funding for School Breakfast Clubs (England) 5th April 2018

Schools in disadvantaged areas of England are being encouraged to register their interest in the new UK government National School Breakfast Programme. Targeting the most disadvantaged areas of the country – including the Department for Education’s 12 Opportunity Areas – the funding will benefit over 1,770 schools to help make sure every child gets the best start in life. A share of £72 million will help create opportunities and raise e...

Micro Grants for Volunteer Led Youth Projects (Scotland) 5th April 2018

Youth Scotland is offering micro grants of between £100-£500 to small, volunteer-led youth projects and clubs to enhance existing provision for young people or increase capacity to deliver a specific project or programme. Member groups and affiliated Area Associations associated with Youth Scotland are eligible to apply to cover work in communities all over Scotland, including rural areas, towns and cities. This new scheme, established as a...

Three €50,000 Prizes for Place- Based Solutions that Create Opportunities for Young People (UK / Europe) 3rd April 2018

The 2018 European Social Innovation Competition, RE:THINK LOCAL, has opened for applications. This year’s edition of the competition will award €150,000 to social innovators, entrepreneurs, students, designers, tech enthusiasts, educators; etc with ideas that take a place-based approach that tackle youth unemployment and develop solutions that support young people to participate in the economy. The competition is particularly interested...

Grants to Support Children Young People and Families (Kent) 29th March 2018

Grants up to £5,000 are available to local projects that are making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Kent and Medway. Constituted groups with charitable objects, registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, and not for profit companies are eligible to apply for projects rooted within the local community and led by local people responding to local need. Apply to Kent Community Foundat...

New £500,000 Fund Launched to Help Young People Change their Lives (Scotland) 29th March 2018

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to sports, heritage and community projects that have a distinct focus on improving the lives of young people between eight and 26 years of age. The funding is available to schools, voluntary or community organisations as well as youth groups, youth associations and other non-profit organisations for projects that encourage positive mental health for young people; inspire young people to lea...

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Pupils in State Schools (London) 28th March 2018

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...

Funding to Support Children’s Health and Wellbeing Services (North East of England) 27th March 2018

Constituted community groups and not-for-profit organisations in the North East have until the end of May 2018 to apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects that alleviate the negative impact of distress, disadvantage and disability. Offered through the Children's Foundation this Regional Small Grants programme supports health and wellbeing projects and services.

Grants to Organisations and Schools Running the Achievement Award Scheme (Greater London and Essex) 27th March 2018

Funding of up to £750 is now available under the small grants programme to organisations and schools running the Achievement Award scheme well, to enhance their work with young people. Any organisation running Award in their school or club, that has recently nominated a Leader Award winner is eligible to apply to the Jack Petchey Foundation. Grants can support a large variety of projects and will be assessed based on need, the benefit they wi...

Additional Funding for Music-Making Projects for Children and Young People (England) 26th March 2018

Arts Council England has announced that an additional £38.6 million of funding is being made available to fund music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances. In a programme running from 2018 to 2022, will award grants of £2,000 to £160,000 to charities, not for profit organisations and schools for diverse, creative and inclusive music-making projects involving children and young people. The funding is bei...

Comic Relief Announces New Fund To Improve the Lives of Young People (UK / International) 26th March 2018

Comic Relief has announced a £4million fund for initiatives that uses sport to improve the lives of young people who don’t have a secure place to live. The ‘Safe, Secure, Settled’ fund is for projects in the UK, India, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya that will help young people who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation to gain skills. It is part of Comic Relief’s Sport for Change programme and has been announced as part o...

Shetland Islands Council - Community Development Fund (Scotland) 26th March 2018

Community Councils and Community Development organisations who are based in Shetland have until the 13th April 2018 to apply for funding of between £500 and £4,000 from round 2 of the Community Development Fund. This funding is being made available by the Shetland Islands Council and aims to support organisations to deliver services, activities and initiatives in the following priority areas: children and young people; families at risk; olde...

Young People Empowerment Grants (Scotland) 23rd March 2018

Not-for-profit voluntary or community groups, schools, colleges, universities and residential houses who are working with care experienced young people between 14 and 16 years old anywhere in Scotland have until the 27th April 2018 to apply for funding of between £500 and £10,000 from the Empowerment Grants programme. The programme is being run by the Life Changes Trust and will support predominantly small projects that focus on care experie...

Funding for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment (UK) 22nd March 2018

The EMI Music Sound Foundation' has announced that its Instrument and/or Equipment Awards will re-open for applications in April 2018. Through the awards, Schools in the UK, that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 for music education that goes beyond the statutory national curriculum requirements for music teaching. To date the Foundations has made awards to over two thousand schools, in...

New Grant Scheme for Projects Benefitting the Physical and Mental Health of Young People (Scotland) 22nd March 2018

To mark the 2018 Year of Young People in Scotland, the National Lottery has launched the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund. The aim is to inspire young people to lead active lives and encourage positive mental health. Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are now available to support heritage, community and sports projects in Scotland that are run for and by young people aged 8 to 26 years old. Schools, voluntary or community organi...

More Funding for School Breakfast Clubs (England) 22nd March 2018

New Breakfast Clubs are due to start in schools in England in Spring 2018 thanks to additional funding. A share of £72 million will help create opportunities and raise education standards in 12 Opportunity Areas – the most disadvantaged areas of England. Magic Breakfast and Family Action will be offered the additional UK Government funding - cash generated by the soft drinks industry levy - to start up new clubs, to encourage more children...

New £90 million Scheme to Help Tackle Youth Unemployment (England) 22nd March 2018

Plans have been announced for a £90 million initiative to help tackle youth unemployment. A series of events taking place across England between March and May 2018 will ensure that young people aged 16 - 24 are given the opportunity to be part of the schemes design. The £90 million youth fund comes from £330 million released from dormant accounts to be spent on good causes that was announced by Government in January this year. The funding...

School Holiday Activity Fund (London) 21st March 2018

Charities and state schools that want to deliver activities for children and young people during the May half-term holidays in North West London have until the 25th April to apply for grants of up to £4,000. This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holiday. The Fund will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes that provide young people with activities in supportive and accessible environments. The type of a...

Support for Environmental Outreach Education for Disadvantaged Young People (UK) 20th March 2018

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council's Kids Fund. The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world and works through a network of residential and day Centres in the UK to provide outreach education and training. The fu...

Grants for Families Facing Financial Hardship Whilst Caring for a Child with a Serious Illness (UK) 20th March 2018

Families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness can now apply for grants of up to £1,000 to cover essential items and services such as specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses, everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life and social activities. Applications must be submitted by a health or social care professional on behalf the family by 5pm on Monday 16th April 2018 to...

Funding to Support the Education of Young People who have a Physical or Learning Disability (Scotland) 16th March 2018

The John Watson Trust has announced that the first application deadline for 2018 will be the 25th May 2018. The Trust awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged. Whilst the Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians, it may also award grants Scotland-wide to eligible individuals and organisations that includ...

Funding for Projects that Increase the Emotional Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Individuals (London, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Teesside) 16th March 2018

Not for profit organisations, community groups, charities can apply for grants of £20,000 - £50,000 for up to two years to increase the emotional wellbeing of individuals living in disadvantaged areas through participation in creativity and the arts or through access to nature and the outdoors. Priority will be given to projects that target children and young people; older people and adults and families. The funding is being made available...

Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged and Disengaged Young People (England & Wales) 15th March 2018

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales. Priority is given to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 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...

Equipment Grants for Mentally & Physically Disadvantaged Children (UK) 14th March 2018

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding for equipment that help mentally and physical disadvantaged children. Funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment & 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 the British and I...

Funding for School Breakfasts (Scotland) 13th March 2018

Primary schools in Scotland where 55% (or above) pupils are in SIMD Decile 1 and 2 and/or 35% (or above) are eligible for Free School Meals can apply for healthy breakfast food to give to children most in need. Secondary Schools qualify for support when 40% (or above) pupils are in SIMD Decile 1 and 2. In Scotland, Magic Breakfast is working with 13 schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife and North Ayrshire, with plans in place to begin deliverin...

Funding to Develop the Digital Skills of Vulnerable Young People (UK & Ireland) 12th March 2018

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to organisations based in the UK or Ireland to help develop the digital skills of vulnerable young people aged 11-25. As well as the funding successful organisations will also have the opportunity to be part of a six-month accelerator of support workshops, project and staff development opportunities. The funding and support is being made available through the Carnegie UK Trust’s #NotWithoutMe Accelerat...

Grants to Enrich the Quality of Life of Sick Children in Hospitals (UK) 9th March 2018

Registered charitable hospitals and hospices across the UK working to enhance and enrich the quality of life of sick children in hospitals have until 30th April 2018 to apply for grants of between £100 and £10,000. Projects funded could include providing life-saving medical equipment, free family accommodation, arts, music and play therapy programmes, sensory equipment and facilities and respite care. Organisations working within hospitals a...

Funding to Support Vulnerable Young Migrants (UK) 8th March 2018

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants of up to £30,000 to undertake legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects vulnerable young migrants including immigration; asylum and asylum support; human rights; and education; etc. The SLF o...

Support for Children with Challenging Lives (England and Wales) 8th March 2018

Schools, registered charities, community and voluntary working with children and young people can apply for a free two-day break through the Youth Hostel Association’s Challenging Lives Programme. The programme is aimed at those children and young people(aged 8 – 18) who are or have recently experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness. The programme also offers support to those living wit...

Funding for Summer Play Schemes (UK) 8th March 2018

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to help community groups run Summer Play Schemes, for disadvantaged communities. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show Black and Minority Ethnic involvement. To be eligible the applicant organisations must have an annual income of less than £150,000 per year, have strong volunteer support and the cost of the play-sche...

Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children (UK) 7th March 2018

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities have until the 30th April 2018 to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK between the 1st May and the 30th June 2018 for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities. Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, grants can...

Grants of up to £500,000 Available to Improve the Performance of Schools (England) 5th March 2018

The National College for Teaching and Leadership has launched a new funding round through the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF). This SSIF supports schools most in need of improving their performance and pupil attainment. The improvement can include, improving leadership, governance, teaching methods and approaches, and financial health and efficiency. Eligible applicants should be a designated teaching school, a multi-academy trust (...

Grants of up to £10,000 for Projects that Help Disadvantaged and Neglected Children (UK) 5th March 2018

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation. Projects supported in the past include Trewirgie...

Funding for Projects that Raise the Attainment of Disadvantaged School Students (England) 2nd March 2018

A competition to find the country's best teachers and some fresh, imaginative and practical ways to raise attainment among disadvantaged students in literacy, numeracy and/or science has re-opened for applications. Funding of up to £15,000 is available for 10 winning ideas that help disadvantaged children and teenagers to recognise and then realise their academic potential. The competition is free to enter, open to any teacher working in Engl...

New £13 Million Fund Launched to Help Foster Relationships Between Frontline Professionals and Young People at Risk Of Sexual Exploitation (England) 27th February 2018

A new £13 million Government grant has been launched to help youth workers, police, nurses and other professionals form close, protective relationships with children and young people aged 10 – 17 at risk of sexual exploitation, gang crime or relationship abuse. The Trusted Relationships Fund will shortly invite local authorities to apply for funding to run projects aimed at fostering relationships between frontline staff and at-risk childr...

Funding to Get Children Active (UK) 21st February 2018

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 the following areas: Living in Poverty; Physical & Mental Health Problems; Health & Wellbeing; Living With Disability. The funding is being made available through the Les Mills Fund for Children and the next clo...

Grants to Support Childrens Health (UK) 16th February 2018

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is 8th May 2018. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve the health of 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 Foundation is a small charity and gen...

The Japan Society Small Grants Programme (UK) 12th February 2018

Educational establishments such as schools and colleges as well as community based organisations that wish to develop projects and events related to 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. Applications may be...

Support for Children with Challenging Lives (England and Wales) 8th February 2018

Schools, registered charities, community and voluntary working with children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18 years who are or have recently experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness will soon be able to apply for a two-night break package. The programme re-opens on 1st March 2018 and aims to offer challenging and enjoyable activities in amazing locations as a break from daily life.

YHA Challenging Places Support Programme Opens for Applications (England) 7th February 2018

Organisations working with children and young people who live in deprived areas can apply for a 2 night break package through the Youth Hostel Association's (YHA) Challenging Places Support Programme. Applications can be submitted by schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organisations on the behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA’s criteria. Schools and groups can reapply annually as long as the a...

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund (UK) 5th February 2018

Registered Charities and Educational Institutions providing support for children/young people, the elderly and people with disabilities mainly in London but also around the UK are eligible to apply for one-off grants of up to £3,000 or larger, multi-year grants of £5,000 to £40,000. Grants are available towards special projects, capital and core costs such as salaries, rent and utilities. Applications are particularly welcome that support...

Scholarships Available to Young People Interested in Ecology, Geography, Geology Or The Environment (UK) 1st February 2018

Young people aged 16 or 17 by 31 August 2018 living in the UK who are studying and interested in science - especially ecology, geography, geology or the environment have until Friday the 22nd June to apply for one of 15 scholarships offered by the Field Studies Council. The Awards cover 85% of the costs of a 5-day residential course held in Shropshire (travel bursaries may also be available). The Scholarships represent a long-term opportunit...

Grants to Support Improvements in Science Education (England) 30th January 2018

A new research funding stream has been launched with the aim of closing the science attainment and progression gap between disadvantaged pupils aged 5 – 16 and their more affluent peers. Researchers, school teachers, experts in formal learning or those working in an education setting within a charity, social enterprise or local authority, are invited to submit proposals for practical school interventions. Supported approaches will focus on...

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (UK) 25th January 2018

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. The funding is being made...

The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award (Scotland) 23rd January 2018

Applications for the 2018-19 Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award are now open for applications. The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award brings together over 170 S6 pupils from 55 schools across the Central Belt of Scotland. The programme lasts six-months and starts with a challenging five-day residential course designed to develop pupils' personal skills and attributes, such as confidence, determination and the ability to work collaborative...

Small Revenue Grants Available for Charitable Organisations (West Midlands & London) 17th January 2018

Charitable organisations working in the West Midlands and London providing services for young people between the ages of 16 to 25 and the elderly and with an annual income of under £1million can apply to the Field Family Trust for revenue funding. As a small grant making trust, in 2017 the Trustees authorised grants of £19,980 for 8 organisations with the average amount awarded being around £2,300. Grants are usually made for revenue costs...

Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs (UK) 8th January 2018

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 o...

Funding to Support Rural Communities (UK) 8th January 2018

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, which supports charities in the UK working in agriculture and rural development has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 25th May 2018. Grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available. However, following a recent strategic review, the Trustees have indicated that in future, the Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the...

Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Grants (England, Scotland & Wales) 6th January 2018

The Greggs Foundation currently supports 380 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Schools that are interested in opening a breakfast club at your school must be able to show that at least 40% of your pupils qualify for free school meals and that the school serves a disadvantaged community. School should able to attract adult volunteers to help run the scheme and attendance at the club must be free for all pupils. The Foundat...

Funding for School and Youth Residential Trips (Scotland) 1st January 2018

Teachers and Youth Leaders can apply for funding through the Scottish Youth Hostelling Association (SYHA) new Youth Active grant scheme. The fund aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds take part in a school or youth group residential trip to build confidence, resilience, social and employability skills. Teachers and Youth Leaders can apply for up to 40 per cent support for each eligible young person who would not otherwise ha...