Funding focusing on children and young people

Below is a list of ongoing grants focussing on children and young people for you to have a browse through.

Please note: the ongoing grants listed below do not represent all the funds available to groups.

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Please note this page is reviewed monthly. For this reason, please always have a look at the funder’s websites for up-to-date information. If you know of other sources to be included below please email communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk.

Magdalen Hospital Fund/ Deadline: 28 February 2024

For vulnerable children and young adults UK wide, especially those at risk of sexual and other forms of exploitation. Grants £500 to £2,000. Open to registered charities, with an annual income of less than £150,000. Next funding round: between 1-28 February 2024.

Al Fayed Charitable Foundation

Supports children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, traumatised or living in poverty. Mainly provides hospice support, but also hospitals and schools. Apply any time.

Allen Lane Foundation

Grants up to £15,000 are available to small, registered charities, voluntary groups and charitable organisations for work that makes a difference to people’s lives, aiming to reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination. Deadline: ongoing (new applications will be considered in the June 2024 trustee meeting).

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

The Trust gives grants that allow disadvantaged young people to take up opportunities to experience outdoor activities such as walking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing, horse riding and residential courses. The Trust usually supports individuals or small groups. Each year the Trust gives eight to twelve grants averaging £400 each. Applications can be made at any time and should be submitted via email in no more than 1,000 words. Apply any time.

Barbara Ward Children's Foundation

Grants for charitable organisations undertaking projects for severely disadvantaged children and young people anywhere in the world. The aim of the Foundation is to help small, non-religious charities to serve severely disadvantaged children anywhere in the world. In recent years, the Foundation has provided grants to organisations working on youth projects in the following categories: education, health and wellbeing, holidays, sport, play and leisure, support, care and respite. Registered charities working to improve the lives of children and young people living in the UK and throughout the world may apply. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

Funding for the purchase of essential items to meet the most basic needs of children and young people in the UK who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. Where possible, items will be provided directly rather than awarding a cash grant. Applications must be made through an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and is capable of assessing their needs, and that can also administer the grant. The programme has reopened and is operating as normal with applications processed within 10 working days.

BBC Children in Need - Core Grants

Grants to cover core costs are available for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18 years and living in the UK. The Children in Need Grantmaking Strategy 2022-2025 focuses on the principles of:

  • Sharing power with children and young people
  • Acting flexibly
  • Using its voice to build awareness and empathy around issues
  • Building partnerships to bring communities and investors together.

The core grants stream can support organisations for up to three years. The maximum grant is £120,000 (or £40,000 over three years), though must grants made are for much less than this. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Groups requesting £15,000 or less will receive a quicker decision and be able to start sooner.

BBC Children in Need - Project Grants

Grants to cover project costs are available for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18 years and living in the UK. The Children in Need Grantmaking Strategy 2022-2025 focuses on the principles of:

  • Sharing power with children and young people
  • Acting flexibly
  • Using its voice to build awareness and empathy around issues
  • Building partnerships to bring communities and investors together.

This stream offers project funding to organisations whose work aligns with these principles.
The project grants stream can support organisations for up to three years. The maximum grant is £120,000 (or £40,000 over three years), though most grants made are for much less than this. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Groups requesting £15,000 or less will receive a quicker decision and be able to start sooner.

Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired

Grants to advance the education and welfare of children and young people in the UK that have a hearing impairment. Although funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, most grants are for between £300 and £2,500 with a few larger grants made to exceptional applications. The Trustees meet six times per year to consider applications and all submissions will be considered at the first available meeting. Apply any time.

The BlueSpark Foundation

The Foundation awards grants of up to £5,000 to schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities. The funding is intended to support projects that have the following objectives: encouraging independence; developing team working skills; developing self-confidence; promoting creativity and individuality; encouraging aspiration; enhancing educational achievement; widening educational horizons The funding is for relatively small-scale projects, which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. Apply anytime.

Buttle UK - Chances for Children

Grants of up to £2,400 are available to enable vulnerable children and young people in the UK to overcome financial barriers preventing them from achieving their education, training or employment goals. Applications are only accepted from frontline professionals working closely with the children/young person, who have carried out at least one home visit, and made a full assessment of the children’s/young person’s needs. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Cash For Kids - UK (Hits Radio)

Grants are available to charities and voluntary and community groups to help disadvantaged and disabled children up to and including the age of 18 years in Hits Radio broadcast area. Grants are usually between £1,000 and £3,000. No deadline is specified but applicants are advised to check the Hits Radio website for updates.

Casey Trust

Grants are available for UK registered charities (or UK affiliates) for start-up projects, or new initiatives, taking place in the UK that exclusively support children (up to 18 years) and their welfare. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Applications can be made at any time are considered several times a year.

Community First Prime Opportunities Fund

Administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation this fund will offer grants up to £500 to support voluntary organisations, community groups, small charities and other types of not for profit organisation based in and/or serving the communities in the area served by City of York Council and Selby District Council. Projects must aim to address issues which create barriers to young people from Year 6 to age 19 from disadvantaged backgrounds from reaching their full potential. Priority will be given to projects aimed at supporting the most deprived communities. Apply anytime.

Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust

The Trust aims to work with VCS organisations in York and the York area to help young people reach their full potential.  The Trust primarily supports children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and activities offering opportunities to expand physical, educational, social and emotional horizons. Grants must benefit 5-21 year olds and range from £100 to £10,000. Apply any time.

Family Fund Trust

Grants are available to help families, or groups applying on their behalf, in the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person up to the age of 18 years. Grants are subject to the funding being available and is awarded at the discretion of the Family Fund. Applications may be made at any time.

Happy Days Children’s Charity

Funding for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused. The Charity accepts applications from parents, guardians, grandparents or siblings, plus from GPs, consultants, nurses or social workers. The minimum or maximum grant levels are not specified. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Hargreaves Foundation

Around £2 million is distributed in grants per year to charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education. Please note that organisations from across the UK are eligible, but priority will be given to organisations based in and/or working in the South West. Applications can be made any time.

Hays Travel Foundation

Registered charities in need of financial aid to support their overall mission or a particular project can apply for a grant. Please note that the focus of the Hays Travel Foundation is on helping young people in the areas where Hays Travel operates. Groups should be in areas where Hays Travel have a branch. In North Yorkshire there are branches in Malton, Northallerton, Ripon, Scarborough, Selby, Thirsk and York. Applications can be made at any time and are considered at periodic trustees meetings. Applicants will receive a letter within a week after the meeting informing them of the trustees decision.

Update: Due to the high volume of applications, it is recommended that funding requests are for projects starting or continuing in late 2023/2024.

James Ahern Foundation

Grants are available for individuals or local youth groups for projects that enable young people, particularly those with mental health or addiction issues, to pursue their passion in life. Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Trustees. Applications can be made at any time and will be considered on receipt.

Joanies Fund (Capital Funding included)

The Joanies Fund welcomes applications from organisations working with young people aged up to 25. It is particularly interested in projects that lead to employment, accreditation, further education, training and integration. It looks for innovation and entrepreneurship. Average grant is £3,500. The grants can be used for running costs, both project and core costs, and capital costs. The Trustees meet three times each year. Groups should contact the Foundation’s office for the date of the next meeting.

The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank

The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank is available for young people who live in Hull, East Riding and the towns of Malton, Norton on Derwent, Pickering and Scarborough, aged up to and including 21 years old. It offers grants of up to £1,000 for individuals or groups of young people who need finance to help make their idea happen. (More funding will be considered in exceptional circumstances). The idea should benefit other people or help the applicant develop an enterprising idea. Applications for assistance can be made at any time.

Leslie Sell Charitable Trust

Grants are available for trips or projects associated with the Scouts or Guides movement within the UK. Funding is at the discretion of the Trust. Eligible organisations must be part of the Scouts or Guides associations. Applications are now accepted any time.

Little Lives Children's Community Support Programme

Grants up to £2,200 are available for smaller UK community organisations that work with children to help them deliver activities and services. Applications are assessed once a month with the deadline on the last day of each month.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Children and Young People Grants Programme

Grants for charities in England and Wales for projects that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people aged up to 18 years (up to 25 years for disabled young people) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.

There are two funding levels:

  • Large grants start at £10,000 are available to charities with an income exceeding £500,000. The average large grant will range from £20,000 to £60,000 in total.
  • Small grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available to charities with an income of under £500,000.

The Trust has changed from an application deadline system to a rolling grants programme.

Monica Rabagliati Charitable Trust

Funding is available for charities working towards the alleviation of child suffering and deprivation. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Most grants tend to be in the £2,000 to £3,000 range. Apply any time; applications are considered twice yearly. The Trust does not have an email or a website. For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following: Monica Rabagliati Charitable Trust, SG Kleinwort Hambros Trust Company Limited, 5th Floor, 8 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4JU, Tel: 020 7597 3065

National Deaf Children’s Society

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support young deaf people across the United Kingdom to create exciting new projects that benefit their lives and improve local communities. Groups of young people between 8 and 25 years led by deaf young people old can apply. Groups can be a mixture of deaf and hearing young people. There must be a minimum of two young people involved in the proposed project (applications involving just one young person should contact the Society to discuss further). A youth worker or an organisation (school, a youth group, uniformed groups etc) must be involved to support and manage the funds. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Paul Curran Celebration Trust

The trust can offer grants to children and young people up to the age of 30, who have any form of disability together with dependents or carers. The Trust will give grants for health needs, education and training. It will also provide advocacy/advice and information. The Trust operates only in the locality of Richmondshire. Please note that applications are welcomed from third party applicants, ie. Teachers, Social Workers, Health Professionals etc.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Pebbles Grants – Rank Foundation

Churches and charities can apply for funding up to £4,000 to cover either respite breaks or holidays for disadvantaged young people, or capital costs for building work, refurbishment and equipment. No deadline specified.

Phoenix Way Children and Youth Round

Grants of between £30,000 – £50,000 for one year to support a new project, an existing project, or the expansion of a project for racially minoritized-led groups and organisations who support children and young people aged 18 and under that are at considerable risk of becoming involved in violence.

Prowdes Educational Foundation

The fund is for the benefit of the founder’s kin and boys and young men between the ages of 9 and 25 who are resident in the North or East Ridings of Yorkshire or in the County of Somerset to assist with their education by grant of Prowdes Exhibitions to candidates approved by the Trustees in their absolute discretion. Tel: 02392799142, email: mbyrne@vwv.co.uk

The Ironmonger’s Company

Grants up to £10,000 are available to charities who provide opportunities to help disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 to fulfil their potential. Deadline: 31 July.

The Scout Association - Scout Grants Committee UK HQ Grants

Grants are available to Scout groups across the UK. A number of funds are available with varying levels of grant. The amount of the applicant’s own available funds will be taken into account when deciding the level of grant to be offered. Grants are available to Scout groups for activities, events and equipment that will benefit local Scouting. A full list of eligible funding opportunities can be accessed on the Scout Association’s website. Applications can be made at any time.

The Tallulah Lewis Foundation Limited

Grants are available for UK based organisations who are working with young people living or working in the UK who are experiencing financial hardship. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Applications will be considered from not-for-profit groups and organisations as well as individuals. An application form for groups and organisations can be requested by contacting the Tallulah Lewis Foundation Limited. For further information please email: jane@ttlf.uk

Tesco Stronger Starts

Grants are available to non-profit making, constituted groups and organisations for local good causes that focus on supporting children and families in the UK. The current focus of the programme is projects working in schools to provide healthy food and snacks to pupils and equipment for indoor and outdoor activities.

Toy Trust

Grants are available for registered charities undertaking projects to support disadvantaged and disabled children who are under 13 years of age within the UK and abroad. Grants for less than £5,000 are considered. However, the Trust may make larger and longer commitment for special projects. Applications can be made at any time throughout the year and will be considered at the next Trustee meeting. The following deadlines apply:

  • Mid February for the March meeting
  • Mid June for the July meeting
  • Mid August for the September meeting
  • Mid November for the December meeting.

True Colours Trust - UK Small Grants

Small grants of up to £10,000 are available to UK registered charities and community interest companies that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK. Applications are accepted from UK registered charitable organisations and community interest companies with an annual income of less than £350,000 and which are delivering projects in the UK. Organisations must be working with children and young people aged from 0-25 years. Apply any time. The Trust aims to respond to applications with a final decision within six weeks.

UK-German Connection

Grants of up to £10,000 are available in the Flexible Funding Programme. This supports joint activities and projects between UK and German partner schools and youth groups, including visits. It aims to actively connect young people from the UK and Germany to work together in a creative and meaningful way, improve their intercultural understanding and facilitate the development of positive, relevant, and sustainable partnerships. 25% of costs must be provided by the applicant.
The Scheme has three deadlines per year: 31 January, 31 May, and 31 October. Applications must be received at least six weeks in advance of the first project visit.

Variety Club - Equipment Grants

Grants are available for specialist equipment for the direct use of children up to the age of 18 years who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged and are resident in the UK. There is no lower or upper limit on the level of grant which may be awarded. Applications can be made from non-profit making groups and organisations. These include statutory bodies (schools and hospitals), hospices and small registered charities. Applications can be made at any time.

Whirlwind Charitable Trust

Grants are available to not-for-profit groups for projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged people, often young people, with an additional focus on understanding and improving the marine environment in the UK. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Last year, grants ranged from £1,000 to £10,000. Applications are generally only accepted from registered charities. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next quarterly Trustee meetings.

Wooden Spoon Charity

Grants are available for organisations that are working to support disadvantaged and disabled children in the UK. There is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level. However, it is unlikely that a project of a physical nature that is under £5,000 will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify. Wooden Spoon supports projects which will benefit children and young people under 25 years of age who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially. Projects must normally be of a capital nature, with a reasonably long-term prospective lifetime. Applicants should note that given the pandemic situation, the amount of available funding has been reduced. The funder suggests as a first step groups complete the online expression of wish form for an initial assessment. Applications may be submitted at any time.

York Children’s Trust

The charity supports organisations working with children and young people under the age of 25 years in the geographical area 20 miles of York.  Funding at Trustees’ discretion. Write to Margaret Brien, York Children’s Trust, 29 Whinney Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9LS, email yorkchildrenstrust@hotmail.co.uk, Tel 01423 504765. Apply anytime. The trust does not maintain a website.

Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation

Grants are available to support young people, and charitable organisations helping young people, in the Yorkshire region. Grants of up to £5,000 per individual beneficiary are available. However, the Foundation seeks to make smaller grants in order to enable an optimum number of grants to be made. Funding is intended for projects and activities that support the mental, educational, spiritual, cultural, moral and physical development, health and improvement of young people. There is normally one funding cycle per year. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Youth Music Catalyser Fund

Grants between £30,000 and £300,000 are available to constituted UK based organisations who are running music projects or children and young people (aged 25 or under) to sustain work, scale-up delivery, or create change in sector practice. Percentage of matched funding required, depending on how much is applied for. Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 10 May 2024 (5pm).