Please see below funding streams around children, young people and education available to you and your organisation, both local and national opportunities.
Alpkit Grants are available to community groups, schools and other not-for-profit organisations for projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health in the UK.
BBC Children in Need Youth Social Action Fund: The fund focuses on sharing power with children and young people and will support young people in access to high quality social action opportunities. BBC Children in Need will be acting as a match funder with the #iwill fund which comes from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; with additional support from the Hunter Foundation. The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations who currently work with children and young people aged 18 and under. Grants of up to £15,000 (unregistered organisations) or £50,000 (registered organisations) will be being funded for up to 18 months, with an initial development phase of up to six months to be undertaken with the help of the children and young people they are working with. To apply, you will need to have attended a one-hour information session between 5 and 11 April. Sign up from here before 8 April at 5pm. Deadline: 23rd May 2022
Blue Spark Foundation: Supports a wide range of projects (with some exclusions, such as holiday clubs, counselling services, and life skill mentoring services) initiated by both organisations and individuals for the benefit of children or young people aged 5 – 22. “We value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but we are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.” Most grants awarded are under £2000, all are under £5000. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis approximately every 8 weeks.
Central Social and Recreational Trust: Grants of up to £1,000 are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children under 21 years old.
Dickie Bird Foundation: The vision of the Foundation is to assist young people under 16 years of age to participate, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport. Please note that Grants are payable to disadvantaged children aged under 16 for essential sports equipment.
Erasmus+ – Youth Funding: Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year, UK youth organisations and young people can access Erasmus+ funding to support life-changing international opportunities.
Family Fund: Family Fund has received extra funding worth £10 million from the Department for Education to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England this year.
The Happiness Fund: The Happiness Fund is enabling and supporting projects which aim to improve mental health & wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities throughout the UK. The Fund will award up to £2,500 per quarter to support groups setting up and supporting new projects and activities. To be successful, applicants must demonstrate how the group/activity can be self-sustainable and attract further long-term funding from other sources.
Ironmongers’ Company: Registered charities can apply for funding of up to £10,000, for UK based projects with clear aims and objectives that can be met within a planned timescale. Projects should be for children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged, consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. The company has a particular interest in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Deadline: 31st July 2022.
Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants: Kellogg’s are offering schools the opportunity to apply for a grant of £1,000 to help fund their breakfast club. A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to those schools that have 35% and above of children in receipt of pupil premium funding.
The JJ Charitable Trust: Part of the Sainsbury Family Charity Trust the JJ Charity’s main areas of interest are Literacy, Environmental education in the UK and Environment projects overseas.
Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant Scheme: The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Their vision is to support high quality, innovative arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. There are two strands:
Small Grants – Innovative, arts-based small projects, pilots, or research & development to inform a new project or programme of work. Applications for up to £1,500 can be made, for projects costing up to £3,000; there are five deadlines per year.
Main Grants – Larger or longer-term new projects, or proposals that significantly develop the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot. The majority of Main Grants awarded are in the region of £5k to £20k and a minimum of 20% match funding is required. Rolling deadline.
Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust (England and Wales) – Early years’ preventative work: small and medium-sized charities working with disadvantaged children aged 0-3yrs in England and Wales can apply for small grants to help them during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tesco Community Grants: Supporting local good causes that focus on helping children and families. Customers vote in store for nominated groups, who receive either £1,500, £1,000 or £500. To be nominated registered charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply directly or Tesco customers and staff members can nominate a cause that they would like to see supported and Tesco will contact the organisation to encourage them to apply.
Toy Trust Fund: The Toy Trust Fund is welcoming applications from small registered children’s charities for the benefit of children across the UK. Applications should be in support of disadvantaged children aged below 13 years, regardless of faith, sex or disability. Applications may be for equipment (books excluded) and services but generally not for salaries, wages or research. Deadline: quarterly.
True Colours Trust: The trust provides grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations and projects that work with: disabled children and young people; children and young people with life-limiting conditions; and their families. The programme is open to applications at any time.
Variety Club – Youth Club Grants: Variety Club Youth Club Grants in the region of £200 – £600 to part-fund equipment costing over £1000, for youth clubs that are affiliated to national bodies (but they don’t fund uniformed organisations).
Warburtons: Warburtons supports charities and the community in three ways: with financial support, product donations and the personal involvement of individual people – both Warburton family members and employees. Our main focus is on grass roots activities that have a positive effect on the aspirations, education, skills and employability of young people, as well as projects that are centred on family life, promoting healthier lifestyles and contributing to improvements in the local community.
Wooden Spoon Equipment Grants: Capital grants funding is available to schools and not for profit organisations for permanent projects which make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people (under 25) that are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially. Funding may cover: buildings and extensions equipment and activity aids sensory rooms and gardens playgrounds and sports areas soft playrooms. Projects that are educational or disability sports focussed must have a key rugby element and grants for these projects will be considered for kit and equipment, salaries and administration costs. There is no maximum limit – applications are expected for £5,000 or more and can be submitted at any time. It is recommended to complete an expression of wish form before making an application.
Youth Campaign for Revitalising Democracy: Between March and October 2022, both governmental and non-governmental youth partners are invited to organise national and local activities and events according to a thematic monthly calendar. The European Youth Foundation is seeking to support youth organisations to organise activities within this framework: March-May: on the theme of revitalising democracy May-July: on the theme of meaningful youth participation August-October: on the theme of digitalisation. Deadline: 16th May 2022.