Please see below funding streams around children, young people and education available to you and your organisation, both local and national opportunities.


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 Ironmongers’ Company Grants programme: Grants of up to £10,000 to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. Available to registered charities for projects that: are for children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale are within the UK.
Deadline: 15th December 2021

Lawrence Atwell’s Charities Programme: The programme funds work which supports young people to move into employment or become employment ready. Grants of up to £10,000 per-year are available, with awards for three years open to consideration. The funder is particularly interested in supporting programmes of work where young people receive a vocational qualification and looks to support work which responds holistically to the needs young people face. Other criteria apply. Open to registered not-for-profit organisations with audited annual accounts and a turnover less than £1,000,000. Deadline: 4th March 2022.

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.

The Poundland Foundation: Support available for organisations working to transform communities and change lives across the UK. The first grant window is Kits 4 Kids, so if you’re a local sports club or organisation looking for support for your team you can apply for a grant of up to £750 to provide kit or equipment for your team.

The Pixel Fund: Grants are available for UK-based charities and community interest organisations to support projects that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults.

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.

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 Charity: Projects must fall within Wooden Spoons Vision Statement: Our aim is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people through our commitment to quality charitable work.