Their grants are based around 7 building blocks they believe all children and young people need in order to be safe, happy and secure and able to reach their potential.
These building blocks are:
The projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face and, in turn, strengthen their building blocks.
Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
Four deadlines per year - check their website for details
Not-for-profit organisations of any size that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
They don’t give grants
For work which statutory bodies (such as schools or local authorities) have a duty to fund
To local government or NHS bodies
For building projects applying to us for more than £20,000
For projects which promote religion
To fund trips or projects abroad
For medical treatment or research
For pregnancy testing or advice, information or counselling on pregnancy choices
For awareness-raising work, except where it is targeted at those children or young people most at risk.
For bursaries, sponsored places, fees or equivalent
For family holidays where there is little or no project involvement
For political activity and we can’t give grants to party political organisations or for direct lobbying
To individuals (unless an eligible organisation is applying on their behalf or through our Emergency Essentials Programme)
To be passed on to other organisations, for example, PTAs applying on behalf of schools
For general appeals or endowment funds
To help with budget shortfalls or debt repayments
To projects where the grant expenditure is due to start before the grant award date (retrospective funding)
To projects unable to start within 12 months of the grant award date
For unspecified expenditure
For organisational overheads or running costs which the organisation would incur whether the project was running or not. (Although we will consider funding support costs incurred as a direct result of running the project)
For Small grants, they are unlikely to fund applications for top up funding for salaries or larger projects where a small grant would only make a marginal impact on their success.
Main grants and Smaller grants programmes, though main grants are currently paused – keep checking their website for updates.
An organisation can hold one Main Grant and one Small Grant at the same time.
Smaller grants up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years – total £30,000.
Projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
In the Small Grants programme they are looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.
Plan your project carefully. Read the guidance on their website before you complete your application.
There is an online application system to complete an application form and submit additional information.
All organisations must include a copy of signed accounts from within the last 18 months