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Community Grants
Children and Young People

Al Fayed Charitable Foundation

The Al Fayed Charitable Trust supports children's hospices and other organisations which help children with life threatening conditions or living in poverty.

As well as financial support the Foundation also provides toys and essential equipment.

Further details about the Charitable Foundation can be obtained from Susie Mathis, 60 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QE

BBC Children in Need - General Grant Programme

The BBC's Children in Need grants programme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people under 18 years in the UK.

There are two schemes:

  • Main Grants - for grants over £10,000 for up to three years
  • Small Grants - for grants of £10,000 and less for up to three years.

The programme funds specific projects that make a difference to children and young people's lives. This might include holiday play schemes for severely disabled children, musical activities for children with autism and disability sports and activities.

To apply: Complete the appropriate on-line application form and check for application deadlines.


The DM Thomas Foundation

The DM Thomas Foundation supports charities and not for profit organisations that help disadvantaged children. 

The main priorities are:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Children and young people who are life limited (palliative care)

Most grants are under £10,000 though it is able to fund up to £30,000.

Funding can be requested for up to two years.

To apply: download an application form.

Application deadlines:  9th October 2018.


Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund has a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes in disadvantaged communities.

Projects must be for children aged 5 to 18 years and last for 2 to 8 weeks over the summer holidays.

They will not support schemes with a budget over £12,000 and agencies with an income of over £150,000 a year.

To apply: use the online application form


The Ironmongers' Company

The Ironmongers' Company support projects that help disadvantaged children and young people under 25 years reach their full potential.

Grants are only given to registered charities and projects that have clear educational benefits to develop learning, motivation and skills.  This may include projects to support special educational needs, behavioural difficulties and life skills.

Funding ranges from a few hundred pounds up to £10,000 with an average of £4,000.

To apply: download a form from the website.


Jewish Child's Day

Jewish Child's Day is a grant making charity supporting children in need across the world.

It awards grants to Jewish registered charities that help children up to 18 years who are disabled, disadvantaged or neglected.

The grants usually range from £500 to £5,000 and are given for equipment or specific projects.  This has previously included hydrotherapy, art therapy and residential camps.

Applications are to be made by contacting Jackie on 020 8446 8804 or email: jackie.persoff@jcd.uk.com.  Financial information will be required.


Kelly Family Trust

The Kelly Family Trust provides funding to charities who offer activities to support the whole family unit.

It prioritises activities that involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. 

The trust has previously funded young carers projects and hospices.

There are two funding rounds for applications 1st March and 1st September.

To apply: download an application form.


Les Mills Fund for Children

The Les Mills Fund for Children works with charities, organisations and projects that share it's values and vision to help children () to 16 years) lead more active lives. 

It awards grants to improve the education, physical and emotional wellbeing of children.  This might include those:

  • Living in poverty
  • Physical and mental health problems
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Living with a disability

It invites applications for grants up to £1,000.  It has previously funded Boccia, trikes for children with cancer and swimming lessons.

To apply: download an application form.

The Fund is operated by the DM Thomas Foundation. 


The Magdalen Hospital Trust

The Magdalen Hospital Trust is able to help deprived children and adults up to 25 years.

It is able to fund projects for deprived and disabled children and young people. It priority's include:

  • Literacy
  • Special Needs education
  • Training for work and personal development
  • Clubs
  • Playschemes
  • Counselling

Grants are usually one-off and project based and are normally within the range of £500-£2,000.

To apply: Applications are accepted twice a year, once in late May and once in late November.  Application forms can be downloaded from the website.


The Paskin Charity

The Paskin Charity incorporating the Philip Green Memorial Trust helps critically ill and under privileged children.

It is currently working with KidsOut to provide three sensory rooms a year to special schools and hospices.  It is also raising funds to support disadvantaged children.


The Steven Gerrard Foundation

Steven Gerrard, the famous Liverpool footballer has set up a foundation to help disadvantaged or disabled children reach their full potential through meeting their immediate and long term needs.

It supports projects for children (under 18 years - though may consider older)in the UK and overseas. In particular, his home town of Liverpool.

The Foundation currently have no further information on future grants cycles.


The Toy Trust

The Toy Trust distributes money to registered charities helping disadvantaged and disabled children under 13  years within the UK and abroad.

It is able to accept applications for equipment, resources and services under £5,000. Charities applying must have net assets of less than £200,000 in one years income.

The Toy Trust has previously funded music therapy, sensory equipment, educational equipment, residential holidays and complementary therapies for children with special needs.

To apply: download an application form from the website.


True Colours Trust

The Trust operates a small grant programme to support small local organisations and projects that help disabled children and their families.

It provides one-off grants up to £10,000. The Trustees are keen to support:

  • Hydrotherapy pools
  • Multi sensory rooms
  • Mini buses
  • Young carers projects
  • Sibling projects
  • Bereavement support

Applications should be made using the on-line application form which requests project details and information on the organisation.


The Woodward Trust

The Woodward Trust funds charitable organisations in the UK whose main focus includes isolated children/young people and disability projects.

It has three grant programmes:

  • Small grants - £100 -£5,000
  • Large grants - over £5,000
  • Children's summer playscheme grants - £500 - £1,000 (charities income must be under £100,000)

The Trust has previously funded a number of disability charities and summer playschemes including Tynedale Activities for Special Children and Special Needs Adventure Playground.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website.


Variety, the Children's Charity

Variety provides practical, tangible help to children and young people who are 18 or under and living with sickness, disability or disadvantage. 

Applications may be made by not for profit organisations and groups supporting children up to 18 years for specialist equipment, a Variety Sunshine Coach or to join the Variety Great Days Out Scheme which offers thousands of children the chance to form memorable experiences each year.

Full details of their grant criteria and an application form can be downloaded from their website.


See also:

Look at the following in  the other Community Grants pages as they also provide funding to organisations that also help disabled children and young people.........

  • Axis Foundation
  • The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
  • The CLA Charitable Trust
  • Engage Foundation - Community Awards (customers only)
  • The Garrett Foundation
  • The Greggs Foundation
  • The Henry Smith Charity - Holiday grants for children
  • Ovingdean Hall Foundation (for the deaf)
  • The Percy Bilton Charity
  • The Syvia Adams Charitable Trust
  • Tesco Charity Trust
  • Wheels for Good
  • The Wyseliot Charitable Trust
  • The Yapp Charitable Foundation

And the following charities on the Children's pages:

Also look at the Grants UK pages as there may be funding for your community group from local charities and trusts

Now check out the other pages.....

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