These funds cover schools and colleges, plus organisations that provide education in and out of school settings.

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

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Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Award

Charities and community groups can apply for grants for projects that enable young people to gain new skills and confidence, such that they can volunteer in their community for the benefit of others. The next deadline is 1 November 2020.

Garfield Weston Foundation

Education is one of nine themes for this Foundation, which offers grants up to £100,000 to registered charities, schools, universities, faith-based organisations, housing associations, museums and galleries.

Foyle Foundation – Main Grants Scheme

Grants over £10,000 are available for organisations focused on either Learning or Arts. Recently awarded grants for Learning show a focus on museums and libraries, with a wide range of project types including project costs, salaries and capital projects. The maximum grant has been reduced during the COVID-19 crisis – check with the Foundation on their current policy before applying for grants over £50,000.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Grants of up to £400,000 for charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts. One of its three themes is Education & learning through the arts. Explore and Test grants of up to £60,000 for up to two years are designed to help explore and test both new approaches. More and Better grants of up to £400,000 for up to four years is intended to help organisations to deliver more effective arts-based learning.

The Steel Charitable Trust

Grants of £2,500 to £25,000 for registered charities and exempt organisations (such as schools) for projects in a range of categories including education. Capital, project and core costs are all considered.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

This trust is dedicated to addressing rural and urban deprivation, and has previously funded education projects up to £60,000. Grants are currently suspended pending a review of strategic direction, due Autumn 2020.

Thomas Wall Trust

Grants of up to £5,000 for UK charities with a turnover below £500,000, for projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects.

BlueSpark Foundation

BlueSpark Foundation supports the education and development of children and young people (aged 5-22) by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. It values academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure and is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. There is no upper limit but most grants are between £2,000 and £5,000. Eligible costs include equipment, tuition, training, competitions, seed funding for enterprise projects and drama production costs.

British & Foreign School Society

Grants of £30,000 to £100,000 are available to registered charities, schools and universities, for educational projects that improve the educational outcomes and life chances of Young Carers and Looked After Children. Match funding is welcomed, and schools and universities must be able to demonstrate a network effect beyond one individual school. The next deadline is 30 November 2020.

YAPP Charitable Trust

Education is one of five themes for this trust, which offers grants up to £3,000 per year for three years to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000. The Trust has a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children. It will only fund core running costs, and prefers to fund existing projects when other funding is coming to an end.

Gilchrist Educational Trust

Grants – typically between £500 and £4,000 – are available to UK-registered companies and charities (but not schools) for projects that fill academic educational gaps or make more widely available a particular aspect of education or learning. The annual deadline is 28 February 2021 for consideration in April/May 2021.

Hodge Foundation

Education is one of four themes for the Hodge Foundation, which will fund registered charities, schools and universities. There is no upper limit but most grants are under £10,000. It will fund education within formal school settings and also practical approaches to learning which support young people to fulfil their potential and thrive, including those with special needs. The Foundation supports arts projects for education that encourage and inspire audiences across the UK and bring a range of benefits to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Ironmongers’ Company

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to registered charities for UK projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under 25 to fulfil their potential. Deadlines are 31 July and 15 December.

Peter Cruddas Foundation

Grants are available to registered charities for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 16 to 30 years. Priority is given to work experience projects and pathways for young people into education, training or employment. Deadlines are 1 September and 1 March.

British Science Week – Community Grant Scheme

Grants of £500 to £1,000 for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented in science activity, so that they can run their own activities during British Science Week (5-14 March 2021). Last year’s deadline was 11 November 2019 – keep an eye out for this year’s funding round.

Lawrence Atwell’s Charity – Individuals Programme

Grants of up to £1,500 are available for people aged 16 to 26, living in England and Wales from low-income backgrounds, to help them gain vocational, accredited qualifications (up to level 3) that will help them move into employment. Funding can be given for course fees, equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare and living costs.

Buttle UK – Young People Programme

Grants of up to £2,000 for young people (aged 16-20) who receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment.


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