Education

We are helping to improve the educational opportunities of local children and young people from birth to 25 years old in our area of benefit - please check the map. We understand education in its broadest sense and support a wide range of activities that extend personal, social, moral, mental and emotional development as well as enhancing learning.

We offer grants to not-for-profit organisations (including schools and churches) to deliver activities that support our mission.

Types of projects

We are interested in projects that fall into five categories:

  • Children & Families – focus on younger children and their parents
  • Education & Learning – seeking to increase attainment and also enhance the curriculum and learn new skills
  • Emotional Well-Being – looking after children’s emotional and mental health
  • Youth clubs & activities – after school childcare, open access youth provision (secondary age) and activities that engage young people
  • Christian Education

We provide more information about our current grants below.

How much can you apply for?

The charity has a range of different grant programmes.

Small Grants

Maximum of £3,000 for one-off capital or revenue projects

Standard Grants

Maximum of £10,000 for one-off capital or revenue projects

Community Investment Grants​

Maximum of £15,000 per annum for up to three years for revenue projects

We introduced multi-year funding in 2017 in response to feedback from grant beneficiaries.  We recognise that applicants appreciate the longer term funding commitment and reduction in form filling.

Strategic Grants

Up to £50,000 per annum for up to three years

Our charity is interested in supporting one or two strategic grants each year.  We expect applicants to demonstrate a clear need within the local area that is not being addressed by anyone else.  We expect to fund one organisation to lead a partnership where the funding or funded resource is shared across partner organisations.

BEFORE you apply for funding please read our detailed grant guidelines.

Current grants

During 2020, the Trustees increased the normal grants budget, and introduced a £200,000 Crisis Fund across 2020-2021 to assist with the greater demand due to the Coronavirus and the effects of lockdown restrictions.  The normal grant programme awarded 12 grants totalling £257,822 – 2 Small Grants, 2 Standard Grants, 5 Community Investment Grants and 3 Strategic Grants.  This compares to 20 new grants totalling £242,789 in 2019.  The Charity also continues to support 12 Community Investment Grants awarded in previous years.

The majority of grantees had received grants from the Charity in the past, although there were two new recipients.

Our current list of active projects is below:

AreaOrganisationProjectSummaryGrantStartUntil
Children & FamiliesCardinal Hume CentreFamily Education & SupportContribution to the Family Centre & Garden offering support to families with children of all ages to play, learn & grow.£45,00001/07/202130/06/2024
Children & FamiliesHolborn Community AssociationHCA Soft PlayFree daily soft play sessions for Under 5's & parents/carers including song & storytelling. It allows kids to run wild whatever the weather. The location may change as the main Bedford House site is redeveloped.£45,00001/04/201930/04/2022
Children & FamiliesMousetrap Theatre ProjectsDramatic ImpactPartnership with Caxton Youth to delivery two 12-week drama courses for learning disabled young people.£8,80306/09/202106/06/2022
Children & FamiliesPimlico Toy LIbraryChildren & adults learning togetherStay & Play sessions & toy library for Under 5's near Churchill Gardens estate.£45,00001/04/202131/03/2024
Children & FamiliesSouthWestFest‘Re-Imagine’ Digital Film Makers ProjectYWF Brighter Futures Fund 2021. Digital film making workshops for young people & screening for families as part of SouthWestFest 2021.£1,60001/03/202131/08/2021
Children & FamiliesWestminster Bangladeshi AssociationLCRF W3: Activities for Bangladeshi communityProviding a variety of activities for Bangladeshi children (coding & youth club) & their families (IAG & trips) in south Westminster.£9,10401/06/202131/12/2021
Children & FamiliesWestminster Befriend a FamilyKeeping It Together - Holistic support for a whole family approachCore funding to support the two main strands of their work in south Westminster. Broadening Horizons educational mentoring project for young people. Mentoring for Mums offers goal-focused coaching style support.£43,35016/02/202115/02/2024
Children & FamiliesYoung Westminster FoundationCreative Transitions in WestminsterThe project supports Yr 6 children with their transition to primary school (always hard but especially with Covid restrictions). It will be delivered in partnership with DreamArts.£10,00015/05/202101/02/2022
Christian EducationThe Pimlico FoundationMessy Church roll-outMessy Church events for families at St James the Less - five throughout the yr plus special events at Halloween & Christmas.£4,02001/10/202030/09/2021
Education & LearningAbbey Community AssociationDigital InclusionProviding digital inclusion workshops & IT courses for local parents to help them develop skills to support themselves & their families.£9,64008/03/202107/09/2021
Education & LearningBeanstalkSouth Westminster Literacy SupportTo support 10 reading volunteers across schools in the area to work with at least 30 children.£20,12803/09/201831/08/2021
Education & LearningChildren's Literacy CharityCommunity Literacy Lab at The AbbeySpecialist 1-2-1 literacy support provided by 'expert' tutors & trained volunteers for approx 20 children per yr. It takes place in Abbey Centre on Sat mornings & also engages parents with reading support.£30,00001/04/201931/03/2022
Education & LearningDoorstep Library NetworkDoorstep Library Pimlico Project (formerly Churchill Gardens Doorstep Library)Churchill Gardens doorstep library uses a small team of volunteers to engage with children & families on the doorstep to encourage reading & love of books for two sessions a week.£45,00001/04/202030/06/2023
Education & LearningFederation of Westminster Special Schools Charity FundLCRF W2: Equipping pupils for home learningTo provide students at two Special Schools with digital devices & sensory equipment (plus Nordoff Robbins music therapy) to enable communication, learning & support emotional regulation.£21,92501/07/202031/07/2021
Education & LearningLondon Chamber OrchestraMusic Junction Westminster HubMusic Junction education programme in south Westminster to engage pupils with music making & instrument learning for Churchill Gardens & Millbank Academy primary schools.£45,00001/10/201831/07/2021
Education & LearningPimlico Musical FoundationPimlico Musical Foundation - Main programme of activityCore funding to maintain music programmes in Pimlico including; Music education in schools; extra-curricular Children's Choir; Foundation Scholars (advanced music & instrument tuition for smaller group); & PMF Chorus (adult community choir).£45,00001/01/202031/08/2022
Education & LearningSoho Parish PSSoho Parish InterventionsHelp with various digital services & software. The school usually raises money with Soho Festival which has been unable to take place.£10,00001/04/202131/03/2022
Education & LearningSt Barnabas PSLondon Music MastersA whole school music intervention from London Music Masters that offers all children (and their parents) violin lessons & general music skills.£10,00001/09/202020/07/2021
Education & LearningSt Clement Danes PSSt Clement Danes CE Primary School / October Gallery Beacon School PartnershipParticipate in art education workshops for pupils (14pa) & staff (2 CPD & 1 well-being) delivered by October Gallery for 3 yrs.£1,50018/09/202030/07/2023
Education & LearningTheatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass TrustIntroduce & EncourageThe project will give young people opportunities to enjoy live theatre, & will introduce them to the varied career options in the creative industries.£3,00001/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingAnna Freud CentreFamily Therapy in SchoolsFamily therapy service providing a half day per week support at 4 schools for individual pupils & their families.£28,60002/09/202031/08/2021
Emotional Well-BeingCentral London Community HealthcareSaLT 3 South WestminsterSALT 3 - A speech & language therapy service across nine primary schools in south Westminster cluster from Easter 2021 - Summer 2022. It offers Specialist, Targeted & Universal provision.£37,65001/04/202131/07/2022
Emotional Well-BeingDream ArtsLCRF W4: UASC ExpressA project to support 20 unaccompanied asylum-seeking & refugee young people aged 15-18 to use creative activities therapeutically to explore their thoughts & feelings.£9,57701/02/202131/07/2021
Emotional Well-BeingFamily ActionFriendship Works South WestminsterExpand Friendship Works service into south Westminster offering up to 6 long-term mentoring (for 2 yrs) relationships for children aged 5-18 yrs.£22,96201/12/201730/11/2021
Emotional Well-BeingSt Clement Danes PSSaLT 3 St Clement DanesSALT 3 - A speech & language therapy service at primary schools in south Westminster cluster from Easter 2021 - Summer 2022. It offers Specialist, Targeted & Universal provision by Whittingdon Health NHS.£3,78001/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingSt Vincent's Family ProjectFamily Therapy ServiceFamily therapy service providing a half day per week support at 4 schools for individual pupils & their families.£14,48702/09/202031/08/2021
Emotional Well-BeingSt Vincent's Family ProjectSVFP Therapy Program ManagerCreative Arts Therapy Manager to oversee students providing arts, drama or music therapy support for children aged 4-13, with referrals via schools or Early Help.£45,00001/04/202131/03/2024
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesBloomsbury FootballEbury Estate Open Football SessionsYWF Brighter Futures Fund 2021. Providing open access football sessions on Ebury Bridge Estate for 1 hr a week over 40 wks.£6,83601/03/202101/03/2022
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesCaxton Youth OrganisationIndependence ProgrammeEnabling young people with disabilities to become more independent by learning about money, managing a home, problem solving & emergency planning.£16,43101/06/202031/05/2022
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDragon Eggs Digital CICBlog UpYWF Brighter Futures Fund 2019. Blog Up will be a blogging programme that will engage two age groups of young people in creating & running a blog, with the focus being on content creation.£5,77301/02/202030/09/2021
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDragon HallAfter School, Transitions & Senior Youth ClubsAfter School & Transitions Club for age 8-12 (older teens as volunteers) offering sports session on Monday, creative session on Tuesday & homework focus on Friday. Mostly from St Clement Danes, St Joseph's RC & Soho Parish.£36,00003/09/201831/08/2021
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDream ArtsDreamArts - ExperimentDreamArts Experiment offers children aged 7-13 yrs an affordable theatre school opportunity to develop their personal & social skills - on Saturdays at the Abbey Centre.£45,00011/11/202010/11/2023
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesFuture MenYouth & Community - Churchill Gardens Youth ClubChurchill Gardens Youth Club provides space for young people aged 8-19 to undertake wide range of activities. They deliver open access, sessional & targeted youth work on 3 days per week.£45,00001/01/202131/12/2023
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesRathbone Amateur Boxing ClubLCRF Kickstart supportLCRF Wave 5 to provide mentoring, training & support to young people in Intern or Kickstart positions.£12,00012/04/202131/03/2022
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesSport4HealthSports for StudentsYWF Brighter Futures Fund 2021. Providing free sports activity for isolated HE students living in halls in Westminster to improve physical & mental well-being.£9,97015/02/202120/12/2021
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesSt Andrew's ClubSt Andrew’s Club, more than a youth clubTowards core costs of running the youth club. It is open seven days a week for children & young people aged 5-18.£30,00001/06/201931/05/2022
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesThe London Sports TrustThink ActiveYWF Brighter Futures Fund. Think Active is a project, based within youth & community settings, (St Andrews & Churchill Gardens) which uses sports & physical activity to improve well-being & improve mental health.£9,87001/01/202030/06/2021