Children and young people

These funds specialise in supporting projects connected with children and young people.

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects. Education is covered separately here.

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Cambridgeshire Children’s Fund

Grants in the order of £100 to £150 to help disadvantaged children (0-18 years) in Cambridgeshire within families on very low income and facing other factors such as the aftermath of domestic violence, mental health issues or addictions.

Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Fund

Grants for non-profit organisations for projects that enable young people in Cambridgeshire to gain new skills and confidence, such that they can volunteer in their community for the benefit of others.


Grants of £1,000 to £5,000 for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations for projects that create opportunities for young people (10-20 years) to develop their potential and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community.

BBC Children in Need

Grants for non-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people (up to 18 years) living in the UK. The Main Grants programme offers grants up to £120,000, while the Small Grants programme goes up to £10,000 per year for up to three years.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Youth Fund

Grants of £30,000 to £60,000 over two years for non-profit organisations for ‘asset-based approaches’ to working with young people. Funding will cover core-operating costs in order to become better prepared for achieving more.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

Grants up to £30,000 for registered charities and CICs working with young people (up to 25 years) for projects that make a real difference to those most in need and which focus on children and young people with disabilities, who are sick in hospital or who are life limited.

Dulverton Trust

Youth opportunities is one of the themes for this trust, which awards grants to registered charities of around £25,000 to £35,000 for projects including providing life and work skills for the disadvantaged young people, early-intervention initiatives, character-building and challenging outdoor activities, and countryside experiences for children from deprived urban areas.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Early Years Opportunities Grants

Grants up to £150,000 over three years for registered charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up to 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – Early Years’ Preventative Work

Grants up to £50,000 for registered charities to improve the life chances of some of the most disadvantaged children (0-3 years) by investing in early intervention and preventative work.

Youth Endowment Fund

Grants of around £200,000 to support interventions targeting children aged 10-14 who are at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and to build up knowledge of what works to prevent this happening.

Toy Trust

Grants up to £5,000 for registered charities for projects that support disadvantaged and disabled children (under 13 years).

Variety Club – Equipment Grants

Grants up to £6,000 for specialist equipment for children (up to 18 years) who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. Variety also run a separate scheme for equipment for youth clubs.

Hedley Foundation

Grants up to £5,000 for small UK registered charities working with young people in the areas of recreation, sport, training, health and welfare, support and outdoor education.

Henry Smith Charity – Holiday Grants for Children

Grants of £500 to £2,500 available to schools, small charities and non-profit organisations for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. The next deadline is 16 November 2019 for holidays taken before 31 December 2019.

Woodward Charitable Trust – Children’s Summer Playscheme

Grants up to £1,000 for small registered charities in the UK to support children’s summer playschemes.

Hays Travel Foundation

Grants, typically between £3,000 and £15,000, for registered charities in areas where Hays Travel have a branch, for projects that help young people to achieve their potential. Projects should match one of the following themes: Education, Prevention of poverty, Health, Arts and culture, Sports.

Alec Dickson Trust

Grants of up to £500 for small groups of young people (under 30 years) who want to use volunteering or community service to make a positive change in their community.

YAPP Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 for small registered charities working with various groups including children and young people (5-25 years).

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

Grants averaging £400 for individual young people or small groups or from organisations, such as schools or youth clubs, on behalf of a young person for self-planned activities or residential courses at an outdoor centre in the UK.

Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation

Grants for charitable organisations undertaking projects for children and young people who are seriously or terminally ill, disadvantaged, underprivileged or have special needs. Projects must cover one or more of education, health and well-being, holidays, sport, play and leisure, support, care and respite.

Peter Cruddas Foundation

Funding for registered charities to support disadvantaged and disengaged young people (16-30 years) as they move towards pathways into education, training and employment.

BlueSpark Foundation

Grants typically under £5,000 for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people (aged 5-22) through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

Buttle UK – Young People Programme

Grants up to £2,000 for individuals aged 16-20 who are estranged or orphaned and living outside the family home, receiving little or no financial or emotional support from family members, in financial hardship and committed to pursuing a defined goal in relation to education, training or employment.

Casey Trust

Grants are available for UK registered charities for start-up projects that exclusively support children (up to 18 years) and their welfare.

Emergency Essentials

Funding for the purchase of essential items to meet the needs of children in the UK who living in severe poverty, suffering deprivation as a result and who are facing additional social issue.

Froebel Trust Innovation Grants

Grants for registered charities to support children to play expressively and creatively. The Trust awarded £40,000 total funding in 2019.

Grow Wild Youth Project Funding

Grants up to £500 for young people (14-25 years) to deliver a creative project that celebrates UK native wildflowers and fungi in exciting and engaging ways.

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