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?
Maximum of £3,000 for one-off capital or revenue projects
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.
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.
During 2019, our charity awarded 20 new grants totalling £242,789. This compares to 25 grants totalling £446,907 in 2018. The charity also continues to support 12 multi-year grants that were awarded in 2017 or 2018.
The majority of grantees had received grants from the charity in the past, although there were five new recipients.
Our current list of active projects is below:
|Children & Families||Abbey Community Association||Children, Families & Young People project||Development of CYP project offering range of activities including after school art activities (with Tate) & performing arts (with Dream Arts) & parenting courses.||£8,603||01/01/19||22/05/20|
|Children & Families||Cardinal Hume Centre||Homework Club||Towards after school homework club for children & their parents with tailored support, for 3 afternoons (2 at Cardinal Hume & 1 at Thames Bank).||£41,006||22/02/18||31/01/21|
|Children & Families||Family Lives||The Befriending Volunteer Service for families with children 5-16 years||Befriending service for families with children aged 5-16. The trained volunteers offer practical advice & emotional support in weekly sessions for up to 4 months.||£9,560||01/02/20||31/01/21|
|Children & Families||Holborn Community Association||HCA Soft Play||Free 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.||£45,000||01/04/19||31/03/22|
|Children & Families||Pimlico Toy Library||Learning through Play||Stay & Play sessions & toy library for Under 5's near Churchill Gardens estate.||£45,000||01/04/18||31/03/21|
|Children & Families||Westminster Befriend a Family||Broadening Horizons||A mentoring programme to support young people (aged 13-18) & their families for six months to support their current education & also to raise future educational aspirations.||£39,000||01/11/17||31/10/20|
|Christian Education||All Souls Clubhouse||All Souls Clubhouse Children's & school work||A youth worker to strengthen the relationship between church & school. They run a variety of activities including after school club at clubhouse, choir sessions in school, & mentoring support for children.||£10,000||01/11/19||31/07/20|
|Education & Learning||Beanstalk||South Westminster Literacy Support||To support 10 reading volunteers across schools in the area to work with at least 30 children.||£26,640||03/09/18||31/08/21|
|Education & Learning||Children's Literacy Charity||Community Literacy Lab at The Abbey||Specialist one-to-one literacy support provided by 'expert' tutors & trained volunteers for approx 20 children per year. It takes place in Abbey Centre on Sat mornings & also engages parents with reading support.||£30,000||01/04/19||31/03/22|
|Education & Learning||Children's Literacy Charity||Literacy Labs||Specialist literacy tuition at St Matthews School & Soho Parish for a minimum of 6 children in each school for 2 years.||£15,480||03/09/18||24/08/20|
|Education & Learning||Doorstep Library Network||Doorstep 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.||£45,000||01/04/20||31/03/23|
|Education & Learning||First Story||First Story Writer-in-Residence project at Pimlico Academy||To support a Writer in Residence literacy project for different age pupils at Pimlico Academy.||£7,175||01/11/19||31/08/20|
|Education & Learning||London Chamber Orchestra||Music Junction Westminster Hub||Music Junction education programme in south Westminster to engage pupils with music making & instrument learning for Churchill Gardens & Millbank Academy primary schools.||£45,000||01/10/18||31/07/21|
|Education & Learning||Pimlico Musical Foundation||Pimlico Musical Foundation - Main programme of activity||Core 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).||£45,000||01/01/20||31/08/22|
|Education & Learning||St Barnabas PS||London Music Masters||A whole school music intervention from London Music Masters that offers all children (and their parents) violin lessons & general music skills.||£10,000||02/09/19||28/08/20|
|Education & Learning||Westminster Cathedral PS||Speech & Language Therapy (SALT) in South Westminster Cluster Schools||Speech & Language Therapy service (SALT) for up to 10 schools across south Westminster cluster. It offers individual therapeutic support for specific children & universal support to schools.||£75,000||22/02/18||31/07/20|
|Emotional Well-Being||Anna Freud Centre||Family Therapy Project in South Westminster Schools||Mental Health support in schools offering family therapy sessions or multi-family workshop sessions for 6 schools in the area - Soho Parish, St Clement Dane, St Gabriel's, St Peter's Eaton Square, Millbank & Pimlico Academy.||£35,269||02/09/19||03/09/22|
|Emotional Well-Being||Family Action||Friendship Works South Westminster||Expand Friendship Works service into south Westminster offering up to 6 long-term mentoring (for 2 years) relationships for children aged 5-18 years.||£22,962||01/12/17||31/03/21|
|Emotional Well-Being||St Vincent's Family Project||Creative Arts Therapy Outreach||Towards Creative Arts Therapy Outreach programme offering individual therapy to CYP referred from schools & other agencies.||£45,000||22/02/18||21/02/21|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Caxton Youth Organisation||Independence Programme||Enabling young people with disabilities to become more independent by learning about money, managing a home, problem solving & emergency planning.||£16,431||01/06/20||31/05/22|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||City West Homes - WCC||Churchill Gardens Junior Youth Club||Junior Youth Club (for age 8-13) at Churchill Gardens Youth Club from 4-7 pm on Tuesday & Thursday. There is also a Senior Youth Club.||£44,850||01/11/17||31/10/20|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Dragon Eggs Digital CIC||Blog Up||YWF Brighter Futures Fund. Blogup 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.||£5,773||01/02/20||30/11/20|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Dragon Hall||After School, Transitions & Senior Youth Clubs||After 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.||£36,000||03/09/18||31/08/21|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Dream Arts||DreamArts Churchill||The project has three strands: 1. Express Collective 12-week programme for young people at Churchill Gardens Youth Club. 2. Creative Campaigns at St Gabriel's School. 3. The Experiment programme offers stage school type programme for 6 months for two different ages - 7-9 & 10-13, based at Abbey Centre on Saturdays.||£44,919||01/11/17||31/10/20|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||London Basketball Association||BOOST: Basketball for Outstanding Opportunities, Skills, & Training||LBA uses basketball to engage young people & then supports their personal development through mentoring.||£10,000||01/01/20||31/12/20|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Mousetrap Theatre Projects||Dramatic Impact||Two drama workshop programmes in partnership with St Andrew's Club - Stage Exchange with 15 YP aged 8-13, plus 10 YP aged 14+. The older YP will then move on to the NextStage programme.||£4,500||18/11/19||31/05/20|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||St Andrew's Club||St Andrews Club, more than a youth club||Towards core costs of running the youth club. It is open seven days a week for children & young people aged 5-18.||£30,000||01/06/19||31/05/22|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||The London Sports Trust||Think Active||YWF Brighter Futures Fund. Think Active is a project, based within youth & community settings, which uses sports & physical activity to improve well-being & improve mental health.||£9,870||01/01/20||31/12/20|