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 2021, the Trustees agreed an increased grants budget of £400,000 again plus the £75,000 remaining funds from the £200,000 Crisis Fund agreed in 2020.

Over the year, the Charity awarded 26 grants totalling £889,652 – 5 Small Grants, 4 Standard Grants, 7 Community Investment Grants, 4 Strategic Grants and 6 Crisis Grants.  The Charity also continues to support 11 Community Investment Grants awarded in previous years.

The majority of grantees had received grants from the Charity in the past.

The Trustees also agreed an extra £400,000 Covid Education Recovery programme to be spread across 15 primary schools for academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23.

Our current list of active projects is below:

AreaOrganisationProjectSummaryGrantStartUntil
Children & FamiliesCardinal Hume CentreFamily Education & Support in the Cardinal Hume Centre's Family Centre & GardenContribution 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 & FamiliesFamily LivesWestminster Befriending for Families with 5-16 yr oldsBefriending service for families with children aged 5-16 yrs old offering 1:1 emotional & practical support.£37,50001/09/202131/07/2024
Children & FamiliesFitzrovia Community CentreChatterboxYWF BFF Dec 2021. Chatterbox is an early speech & language support for children aged 18 mth-4 yrs.£6,91204/01/202216/12/2022
Children & FamiliesHolborn Community AssociationHCA Soft PlayFree daily soft play sessions for Under 5s & 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 & FamiliesHolborn Community AssociationHolborn House (FFE)Purchase of furniture, fixtures & equipment that will bring finishing touches to capital development of Holborn House.£2,44501/11/202131/01/2022
Children & FamiliesMousetrap Theatre ProjectsDramatic ImpactPartnership with Caxton Youth to delivery two 12-wk 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 5s near Churchill Gardens estate.£45,00001/04/202131/03/2024
Children & FamiliesRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraPimlico Toy Library Live Workshops: 'World Music Celebration'RPO will work with Pimlico Toy Library to offer a day of creative music-making workshops for families with children aged from 0-11 yrs.£2,41710/01/202230/04/2022
Children & FamiliesSt Vincent's Family ProjectDad's SpaceYWF BFF Dec 2021. Twice weekly sessions specifically for Dads & their young children.£5,00004/04/202231/03/2023
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 & FamiliesWestminster Early Help - Bessborough (WCC)School Uniform for Asylum Seeking familiesWe will help asylum-seeking families to buy the school uniform they need to send their children to schools, once they have a confirmed place.£4,50001/12/202130/11/2022
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
Education & LearningBeanstalkSouth Westminster Literacy SupportTo support 10 reading volunteers across schools in the area to work with at least 30 children.£20,12803/09/201831/08/2022
Education & LearningChildren's Literacy CharityCommunity Literacy Lab at The AbbeySpecialist 1:1 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 2 sessions a week.£45,00001/04/202030/06/2023
Education & LearningImpact Dance FoundationImpact Dance StudioEnable them to engage with young people in the local area now they have a permanent base at BCBC.£10,00001/12/202130/11/2022
Education & LearningMusical Boroughs TrustMusical SensesMusical Senses: helping local young people with a sensory difference access high quality music education activities.£3,00004/01/202225/07/2022
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 Masters (LMM)A whole school music intervention from London Music Masters that offers all children (and their parents) violin lessons & general music skills.£45,00001/09/202131/08/2024
Education & LearningSt Clement Danes PSSt Clement Danes CE Primary School / October Gallery Beacon School PartnershipParticipate in art education workshops for pupils (14 pa) & staff (2 CPD & 1 well-being) delivered by October Gallery for 3 years.£1,50018/09/202030/07/2023
Education & LearningSt Matthew's PSSayers Croft Residential TripsCoach costs for two residential trips to Sayers Croft, for Yr 5 & Yr 6 pupils.£1,56008/11/202125/05/2022
Education & LearningStreet DoctorsYoung Lifesavers in WestminsterYWF BFF Dec 2021. Training for 25 young people across 2 youth hubs in South Westminster. Each course is 3 workshops & focuses on emergency first-aid skills.£2,25015/01/202231/12/2022
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 wk support at 2 schools for individual pupils & their families.£14,30001/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingCentral London Community HealthcareSaLT 3 - South WestminsterSALT 3 - A speech & language therapy service across 9 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-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.£22,96201/12/201730/11/2022
Emotional Well-BeingMillbank AcademySaLT 3 - Millbank AcademySALT 3 - A speech & language therapy service from Easter 2021 - Summer 2022. It offers Specialist, Targeted & Universal provision by London Children's Practice.£2,47001/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingPimlico PrimarySaLT 3 - Pimlico PrimarySALT 3 - A speech & language therapy service from Easter 2021 - Summer 2022. It offers Specialist, Targeted & Universal provision by London Children's Practice.£2,47001/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingSt Clement Danes PSFamily Therapy serviceFamily therapy service - contributing to in-house therapist at school offering support to pupils & their family.£7,15001/09/202131/08/2022
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 wk support at 5 schools for individual pupils & their families.£26,46601/09/202131/08/2022
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 yrs, with referrals via schools or Early Help.£45,00001/04/202131/03/2024
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesBloomsbury FootballEbury Estate Open Football SessionsYWF BFF Jan 2021. Providing open access football sessions on Ebury Bridge Estate for 1 hour a wk 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 BFF 2019. Blog Up will be a blogging programme that will engage refugee young people in hotels in North Westminster. With extra funding from WCC & support from volunteers in south, they will take young people to London sights (in south) & blog about their experiences.£5,77301/02/202029/07/2022
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDragon HallAfter School, Transitions, Holiday & Youth programmesYouth Provision including after school club for 8- 11 yr olds, transitions club for 12-16 yr olds & needs led sessions for 16+.£39,00001/11/202129/10/2024
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 yr to undertake wide range of activities. They deliver open access, sessional & targeted youth work on 3 days per wk.£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 & ActivitiesSt Andrew's ClubSt Andrew's Club, more than a youth clubTowards core costs of running the youth club. It is open 7 days a wk for children & young people aged 5-18.£30,00001/06/201931/05/2022
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesThe London Sports TrustThink ActiveYWF BFF 2019. 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.£9,87001/01/202029/07/2022