Funding Opportunities

Here are some funding opportunities that may be of use to you and your groups/centres.

Regular Funding Programmes

School Grants Guide Download a copy here

Using this Guide
This guide is aimed at Headteachers, School Business Managers, Finance Managers, Bursars, Parents, Governors and anyone else who has an interest in fundraising for schools.

There are many grants available in the UK which may be relevant to your school. This guide provides details of some of the main grants and summarises the key details in an easy to review way.

Awards 4 All
– Awards 4 All is a lottery grants programme that funds small community based projects across the UK. Awards for All gives groups an easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

Awards for All look to fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. They will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.

Children In Need – BBC Children in Need awards grants each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. They support two programmes, Main Grants and Small Grants. The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 for up to 3 years.

The grants are available for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation  – Youth Funding Ltd offer a much needed service in providing additional funding support to schools and other youth organisations. The funding is supplied by local trade within the community who will advertise and market their product or service through your school/youth group in return for the funding provision.

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust – Grants are available for charitable organisations, schools and youth groups and can be for projects that allow young people to experience outdoor recreation. The grant aims to support specific projects that encourage young people to further their existing skills and gain new experiences. Eligible expenditure includes equipment, course fees and trips.

Gift Your Gear – Gift Your Gear is an award-winning nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.

Lord Taverners Minibus Grant Programme (UK) – The Lords Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, provides funding towards the purchases of minibuses. Applications are accepted from schools and organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability.

Please note that the Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.

Funding to enable disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. In particular the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support:

* Special educational needs
* Address behavioural problems or promote citizenship
* Parenting or life skills
Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London. Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities are also eligible to apply. The next deadlines for applications is 31st December 2016.

Funding to Address Learning Disabilities (UK)

Grants are available to UK schools through the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. This is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.

The type of activities currently funded include capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools; employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture; play schemes and play therapy schemes; day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs; support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes; support in the community schemes; and Snoezelen rooms. The next deadline for research funding is 1st December 2016. Application for project funding for £10,000 or less can be submitted at any time.

Funding for Expeditions (UK)

The Frederick Soddy Trust, has announced that the next application deadline for grants to support expeditions and field work is the 18th January 2017.

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available to schools or universities, or from institutions such as scout groups to support expeditions that study “the whole life of an area” with a major emphasis on current human geography. The Trust cannot support research into wild life or environments. To be eligible for support, the expedition or fieldwork team can be of any size, normally greater than two, though on occasions the Trustees have supported a team of two.

Proceeds of crime

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) allows the recovered assets of criminality to be used to fund community based activity. The fund is intended to assist in promoting equalities by targeting disadvantaged or hard to reach groups that may face inequality. It is also intended to support groups involved in community projects responding to crime locally. For further information contact your local policing unit or school police liaison officer.

Young Explorers Trust

The Young Explorers Trust (YET) is a national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people.

Applications are now open for grants.

Local Funding Opportunities:

The City Of Birmingham Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Association – Charity no. 514490
The City of Birmingham Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Association has been set up to serve the national Duke of Edinburgh`s Award within the City of Birmingham, supporting young people and leaders by providing grants to participating young people.

Income is used for the benefit of persons aged 14 to 25 who are partaking in the DofE from a DofE group from any Licensed Organisation within the City of Birmingham by awarding small grants of approx. £50-£100 to individuals. Further information is available and applications can be made via the website.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Burton Upon Trent Area Association – Charity Number 1040417. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Burton Upon Trent Area Association charitable objectives are to advance the mental, physical and spiritual welfare of young people by promoting the scheme of awards as established by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Please contact Matthew Underwood at [email protected] for further information.

Nottinghamshire Award Trust – Charity Number 1064097. The object of the trust shall be to organise or provide in the organisation or provision of facilities and or equipment for the pursuits of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enabling needy persons under the age of 25 years who are resident in the County of Nottinghamshire to benefit from participation in such activities and by so doing to advance the education including social and physical training of such persons. Please contact David Ashurst – Operations Officer for more information at [email protected]

The Nottingham International Expedition Trust – Charity Number 1073484- To advance the education and the mental physical and spiritual welfare of young people by promoting and assisting in the provision of funds to partake in the scheme of awards as established by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Please contact David Ashurst – Operations officer for more information at [email protected]

Scampers Team – Charity Number 1158054- Charities objectives are to act as a resource for young people living in Worcester & surrounding areas by providing advice, assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities. Please contact Wyndham James – Operations Officer for more information at [email protected]

Worcestershire Award Leaders Forum (WALF) – Charity Number 1078689- To advance the recreation & education of young people within the County of Worcestershire, in the interests of social welfare so as to develop their physical, mental & spiritual capacities to the end that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life may be improved by supporting and promoting The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We are able to help DofE participants directly by offering bursaries to assist with expedition costs and other associated costs – ie physical/residential. Please contact Dave Pugh for more information at [email protected]

Great Yarmouth Youth Advisory

The Great Yarmouth Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a body of professionals and young people that meet bi-monthly to discuss issues that impact on young people. The YAB has made available a £12,500 ‘Opportunities Fund’ to support young people from low income families in accessing activities. This Fund will also support individuals seeking employment opportunities, but are unable to do so due to financial barriers.

Who can apply:
The Fund is open to voluntary groups/clubs working with young people, and individuals aged between 11 and 19 years (and individuals with any form of disability up to the age of 25) who live in the Great Yarmouth Borough Council area.

Applications from individuals will preferably include the name of a supporting adult – for example a parent, tutor, employer or youth worker. (Applicants under the age of 16 must provide this information).

Funding available:

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £300 (total available £10,000) to help support the cost of sport memberships, performing arts courses, music lessons, sports equipment/sports kit and potentially transport* to help them access the activities. Additionally, it can be used to help with equipment/clothing needed for a course, training and associated transport* costs, and pursuing a business idea.

Groups and clubs can apply for a grant of up to £500 (total available £2,500) which will provide bursary type support to cover the cost for individual young people to access their activities who are prevented to do so due to financial barriers. Groups that can apply include uniformed groups, youth clubs, sports or performing arts clubs.

Funding for Norfolk Schools

Beesley Bursary Boot Fund. This funding is available to support young people in Norfolk. The funding is specifically to support young people from dis-advantaged backgrounds to access personal expedition equipment, specifically walking boots. Please see your Operations Officer for an application form.

Red House Youth Projects (Registered Charity Number 1092828). Is a charitable Trust which supports work with young people under the age of 21 within the county of Norfolk. This support is provided in 2 main ways :

Financial support via grants for projects, events etc and opportunities for residential experience at the property owned and run by the Trust.

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation

The Foundation currently manages a range of funds each with varying criteria and award sizes.

London Luton Airport Ltd – Youth Services Fund. This fund is aimed at supporting young people aged between 11 and 19 (or 25 if disabled) across Luton. Bids are assessed by a panel made up of adults and young people from Luton with an interest in youth work. All successful applicants will be expected to use the Outcome Star method of assessing the impact of their work or another very clear method of proving outcomes.

The Panacea Charitable Trust. The Foundation distributes awards on behalf of the Panacea Charitable Trust to projects where the beneficiaries are from the town of Bedford. Priority is given to groups that support those who are experiencing mental health issues. However, projects supporting those in poverty or with physical disabilities will also be supported from this fund.

Further information is available at

The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Committee Uttoxeter Area – Charity no. 1056933 The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Committee Uttoxeter Area has been set up to advance the mental, physical and spiritual welfare of young people by promoting the DofE in the East Staffordshire and Uttoxeter district, as defined from time to time by the Staffordshire County Council, with priority to the Uttoxeter area. Please contact Brett Waring – Operations Officer for more information at [email protected]

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Committee Dudley Area – Charity no 515615. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Committee Dudley Area has been set up to advance in conjunction with the Dudley Operating Authority the mental, physical and spiritual welfare of young people in Dudley MBC boundaries by promoting the DofE Award and to support user units within the area.

Please contact Wyndham James – Operations Officer for more information at Wyndham.James

Youth Groups-

Local voluntary groups and clubs that are based and active within the Oadby, Wigston or South Wigston area can apply for funding from the Community or Youth Grant scheme. Applications from individuals will be considered in exceptional cases, however, the applicant must be resident within the Borough. The funding can be used to assist with travel, equipment or costs associated with the setting up of a ‘new project’ but will not support ‘everyday’ expenditure such as rent or room hire.

Warwickshire DofE Development Trust

Helps to fund and support Leader training, new centre development and offers individual bursaries to young people. The Trust will make grants to Centres or Young People who are enrolled through Warwickshire County Council as their Licensed Organisation. For more information please contact James Vann DofE Manager [email protected]

Community and Voluntary Groups:

The Community Grant Fund has been established as a means of helping Community and Voluntary organisations with projects that are of benefit to the wider community. It will contribute to the Town Council’s objective of involving community representatives in identifying local needs and facilitate collaboration between the Council and partner organisations.

Commissioner’s People Power Fund

The fund empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems through smaller grants of between £100 and £3,000. These could range from the provision of positive activities for young people with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour (ASB) in a local community, mentoring programmes for targeted groups in a community through to funding reassurance activities and respect events in specific areas.

Government funding opportunities

Pupil Premium:

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium is a valid way of expanding the reach of the DofE to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We believe that a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is achievable by any young person who chooses to take up its challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location.

You can use the pupil premium to enhance the DofE in the following ways:

* Support with staffing to manage the DofE with a particular focus on increasing the numbers of young people on pupil premium who have the opportunity to access the DofE.
* Subsidising Expeditions and Residentials.
* Developing alternative curriculum programmes for young people disengaged from education or at risk of exclusion.
* Introducing a small group work intervention programme.
* Subsidising or providing equipment for the expeditions.
* Staff CPD – NGB qualifications in order to support increased outdoor learning activities.

Additional support and guidance:
The Education Endowment Foundation has produced a teaching and learning toolkit: to help teachers and schools effectively use the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils.

The Department for Education encourages all schools with excellent results to share their achievements, strengths and experience with other school, through the pupil premium awards which can be found at We would also love to hear if you have used pupil premium to improve young people’s access to the DofE, so if this applies to you please contact us at [email protected] and share your good news stories with us.

Education Funding Agency:
If you are an organisation that currently accesses funding through the Education Funding Agency, then did you know that The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can count as 80 guided learning hours of a Study Programme.

The EFA funding guidance states on Page 23 of the ‘Funding Advice Document for Post 16 Provision 2015-2016’, that The DofE is a suitable activity as it forms part of a young person’s personal and social development activity and can be included as part of the non-qualification activity provided it is planned, timetabled, organised and/or supervised.

Further guidance on how to access funding in order to support development of The DofE can be found at:

Fundraising advice
Fundraising is often an integral part of any DofE group. We have advice and guidance in the form of downloadable pdfs on the following topics that may be useful to you and your group.

Please bear in mind that, as they are magazine articles, some of the specific web links and opportunities for funding may no longer be active, but the advice is timeless!

* Fundraising for volunteering
* Fundraising for expeditions
* Fundraising for the Skills section
* Fundraising for residential
* Fundraising for the Physical section
* Funding for Bronze level activities
* Asking for support
* Residential and Expedition fundraising
* Internet fundraising
* School fundraising

Just click on the link to access some fantastic guidance and useful ideas

V Inspired Funding – up to £500 for volunteering projects can be applied for at

Free Downloads /Resources

First aid lesson plans – St John Ambulance teaches first aid in schools, helping young people to develop the confidence and skills to be the difference between life and death, at school and beyond. You can provide first aid training for your students by using their teaching resources to deliver first aid and health and safety lessons and activities in your school

Lupine Adventure – Lupine Adventure is a workers’ co-operative offering fell and mountain based outdoor recreation, education and training. All sessions that are run are led by personnel qualified to the level advised by Mountain Leader Training UK as a minimum

Funding Newsletters
Norfolk community foundation newsletter – subscribe to

Grants4Schools –

Relevant Information
For guidance on bid/grant writing

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