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 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:
|Children & Families||Cardinal Hume Centre||Family Education & Support in the Cardinal Hume Centre's Family Centre & Garden||Contribution to the Family Centre & Garden offering support to families with children of all ages to play, learn & grow.||£45,000||01/07/2021||30/06/2024|
|Children & Families||Family Lives||Westminster Befriending for Families with 5-16 yr olds||Befriending service for families with children aged 5-16 yrs old offering one-to-one emotional & practical support.||£37,500||01/09/2021||31/07/2024|
|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||01/04/2019||30/04/2022|
|Children & Families||Mousetrap Theatre Projects||Dramatic Impact||Partnership with Caxton Youth to delivery two 12-week drama courses for learning disabled young people.||£8,803||06/09/2021||06/06/2022|
|Children & Families||Pimlico Toy LIbrary||Children & adults learning together||Stay & Play sessions & toy library for Under 5's near Churchill Gardens estate.||£45,000||01/04/2021||31/03/2024|
|Children & Families||Westminster Bangladeshi Association||LCRF W3: Activities for Bangladeshi community||Providing a variety of activities for Bangladeshi children (coding & youth club) & their families (IAG & trips) in south Westminster.||£9,104||01/10/2020||31/03/2021|
|Children & Families||Westminster Befriend a Family||Keeping It Together - Holistic support for a whole family approach||Core 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.||£43,350||16/02/2021||15/02/2024|
|Children & Families||Young Westminster Foundation||Creative Transitions in Westminster||The project supports Year 6 children with their transition to primary school (always hard but especially with Covid restrictions). It will be delivered in partnership with DreamArts.||£10,000||15/05/2021||01/02/2022|
|Christian Education||The Pimlico Foundation||Messy Church roll-out||Messy Church events for families at St James the Less - five throughout the year plus special events at Halloween & Christmas.||£4,020||01/10/2020||30/09/2021|
|Education & Learning||Beanstalk||South Westminster Literacy Support||To support 10 reading volunteers across schools in the area to work with at least 30 children.||£20,128||03/09/2018||31/08/2021|
|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||01/04/2019||31/03/2022|
|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 two sessions a week.||£45,000||01/04/2020||30/06/2023|
|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||01/01/2020||31/08/2022|
|Education & Learning||Soho Parish PS||Soho Parish Interventions||Help with various digital services & software. The school usually raises money with Soho Festival which has been unable to take place.||£10,000||01/04/2021||31/03/2022|
|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||01/09/2020||20/07/2021|
|Education & Learning||St Clement Danes PS||St Clement Danes CE Primary School / October Gallery Beacon School Partnership||Participate in art education workshops for pupils (14pa) & staff (2 CPD & 1 well-being) delivered by October Gallery for 3 years.||£1,500||18/09/2020||30/07/2023|
|Education & Learning||Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust||Introduce & Encourage||The project will give young people opportunities to enjoy live theatre, & will introduce them to the varied career options in the creative industries.||£3,000||01/09/2021||31/08/2022|
|Emotional Well-Being||Anna Freud Centre||Family Therapy in Schools||Family therapy service providing a half day per week support at 2 schools for individual pupils & their families.||£14,300||01/09/2021||31/08/2022|
|Emotional Well-Being||Central London Community Healthcare||SaLT 3 South Westminster||SALT 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.||£37,650||01/04/2021||31/07/2022|
|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 yrs) relationships for children aged 5-18 yrs.||£22,962||01/12/2017||30/11/2021|
|Emotional Well-Being||Millbank Academy||SaLT 3 - Millbank Academy||SALT 3 - A speech & language therapy service from Easter 2021 - Summer 2022. It offers Specialist, Targeted & Universal provision by London Children's Practice.||£2,470||01/09/2021||31/08/2022|
|Emotional Well-Being||Pimlico Primary||SaLT 3 - Pimlico Primary||SALT 3 - A speech & language therapy service from Easter 2021 - Summer 2022. It offers Specialist, Targeted & Universal provision by London Children's Practice.||£2,470||01/09/2021||31/08/2022|
|Emotional Well-Being||St Clement Danes PS||Family Therapy service||Family therapy service - contributing to in-house therapist at school offering support to pupils & their family.||£7,150||01/09/2021||31/08/2022|
|Emotional Well-Being||St Clement Danes PS||SaLT 3 St Clement Danes||SALT 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.||£3,780||01/09/2021||31/08/2022|
|Emotional Well-Being||St Vincent's Family Project||Family Therapy Service||Family therapy service providing a half day per week support at 5 schools for individual pupils & their families.||£26,466||01/09/2021||31/08/2022|
|Emotional Well-Being||St Vincent's Family Project||SVFP Therapy Program Manager||Creative 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.||£45,000||01/04/2021||31/03/2024|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Bloomsbury Football||Ebury Estate Open Football Sessions||YWF Brighter Futures Fund 2021. Providing open access football sessions on Ebury Bridge Estate for 1 hour a week over 40 weeks.||£6,836||01/03/2021||01/03/2022|
|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||01/06/2020||31/05/2022|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Dragon Eggs Digital CIC||Blog Up||YWF Brighter Futures Fund 2019. 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||01/02/2020||29/07/2022|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Dream Arts||DreamArts - Experiment||DreamArts Experiment offers children aged 7-13 yrs an affordable theatre school opportunity to develop their personal & social skills - on Saturdays at the Abbey Centre.||£45,000||11/11/2020||10/11/2023|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Future Men||Youth & Community - Churchill Gardens Youth Club||Churchill Gardens Youth Club provides space for young people aged 8-19 yrs to undertake wide range of activities. They deliver open access, sessional & targeted youth work on 3 days per week.||£45,000||01/01/2021||31/12/2023|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club||LCRF Kickstart support||LCRF Wave 5 to provide mentoring, training & support to young people in Intern or Kickstart positions.||£12,000||12/04/2021||31/03/2022|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||Sport4Health||Sports for Students||YWF Brighter Futures Fund 2021. Providing free sports activity for isolated HE students living in halls in Westminster to improve physical & mental well-being.||£9,970||15/02/2021||20/12/2021|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||St Andrew's Club||St Andrew's 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 yrs.||£30,000||01/06/2019||31/05/2022|
|Youth Clubs & Activities||The London Sports Trust||Think Active||YWF 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.||£9,870||01/01/2020||29/07/2022|