John Lyon’s Charity

Funding priority

  • Projects should work with children and young people aged 0-25 or their families. In cases of special needs or disability the age may extend to 30
  • The Charity’s grant-giving is simple and non-discriminatory
  • Projects should always consider the society in which they operate and seek to benefit the wider community
  • The Charity should support projects that demonstrate inclusivity
  • The Charity is “faith blind” and inclusive
  • Projects must be of high quality and seek to inspire children and young people beyond their everyday experiences
  • The Charity seeks to identify funding gaps and respond positively where appropriate
  • Grants should enhance the ability of certain groups to access programmes, activities and educational opportunities where they are traditionally under-represented
  • The Charity is keen to build relationships with other organisations to develop joint strategies and increase leverage.  This is true for relationships with both other funders and with institutions delivering projects on joint initiatives.
  • The Charity encourages partnerships between relevant bodies across schools, arts organisations and voluntary groups
  • Grants should seek to engage parents as much as possible with their child’s learning and within the school community
  • Grants should encourage parents and young people to access the opportunities and services available to them
  • Grants within school settings should focus on schools that do not typically engage in projects and activities
  • Schools are expected to demonstrate ownership of and commitment to a project, typically by a financial contribution or dedicating staff time
  • If a grant for capital is awarded the Charity recognises the additional revenue costs and is sympathetic to supporting requests to maintain the operating costs of an organisation
  • The Charity recognises the importance of supporting causes that find it difficult to attract funds
  • The Charity recognises the importance of supporting early intervention projects but cannot respond to hardship appeals
  • Organisations funded by the Charity should have the correct safeguarding policies and procedures in place
  • Youth clubs that approach the Charity for support should be engaging with London Youth and working towards the Quality Mark
  • Organisations that seek to work with schools on music projects should demonstrate that they have a relationship with the Music Hub of that particular area
  • Organisations should be engaging with the Young People’s Foundation in their local area
  • Counselling and psychotherapy projects that support children and young people must provide evidence of membership of the appropriate professional bodies and provide clinical supervision to their practitioners
  • Organisations funded by the Charity should be aware of the London Living Wage and be encouraged to implement it for its members of staff.



Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation

Who can apply

Grants are awarded to registered charities and organisations with charitable status. They will mostly be local organisations, but national organisations with a track record and reputation in the Beneficial Area may also apply.

Occasionally grants are awarded to local authorities in the Beneficial Area who are working with voluntary sector partners.


They will not fund:
Organisations that do not have charitable status or those acting as a conduit
National organisations with no track record of delivery in the Beneficial Area
Grant-giving organisations
Not-for-profit organisations that are not registered charities (including CICs)
Registered social landlords
Schools that have not yet been inspected by Ofsted
Hospitals, hospices or Clinical Commissioning Groups
Registered charities that have applied on behalf of organisations that are not registered with the Charity Commission
Statutory obligations
General charitable appeals
Lobbying and campaigning
Endowment funds
Mother tongue teaching
Promotion of religion or politics
Feasibility studies
Medical care (including rehab) and resources
Telephone helplines
Overnight school journeys or trips abroad
Capital for mainstream secondary schools and mainstream FE colleges
IT equipment for mainstream providers (primary, secondary, FE colleges)
Bursaries for higher education (including postgraduate)
Projects that aim to teach healthy eating and reduce obesity
Gardening, conservation, environmental projects and therapeutic gardens
Core costs for umbrella bodies or second tier organisations
Salaries of posts employed by statutory bodies

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Regular
  5. Running costs

Grant details

Funds can be for capital or project costs, and for up to 3 years.

The Small Grants Fund maximum amount of grant is £5,000.  The Main Grants Fund has no upper limit, but the amount you request must be supported with detailed budgets. Schools in Partnership has an upper limit of £50,000 per annum.

Size of grant

  1. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)
  2. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

Apply online through their grants portal. If you cannot apply online, they invite you to contact them to discuss.

Read & follow their guidelines regarding what to include in your application.

Contact Details


Griffin Lodge
45a Cadogan Gardens


Telephone Number

0207 259 1700


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