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:

AreaOrganisationProjectSummaryGrantFromUntil
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. £45,000 01/07/202130/06/2024
Children & FamiliesFamily LivesWestminster Befriending for Families with 5-16 yr oldsBefriending service for families with children aged 5-16 yrs old offering one-to-one emotional & practical support. £37,500 01/09/202131/07/2024
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. £45,000 01/04/201930/04/2022
Children & FamiliesMousetrap Theatre ProjectsDramatic ImpactPartnership with Caxton Youth to delivery two 12-week drama courses for learning disabled young people. £8,803 06/09/202106/06/2022
Children & FamiliesPimlico Toy LIbraryChildren & adults learning togetherStay & Play sessions & toy library for Under 5's near Churchill Gardens estate. £45,000 01/04/202131/03/2024
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. £9,104 01/10/202031/03/2021
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. £43,350 16/02/202115/02/2024
Children & FamiliesYoung Westminster FoundationCreative Transitions in WestminsterThe 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 15/05/202101/02/2022
Christian EducationThe Pimlico FoundationMessy Church roll-outMessy Church events for families at St James the Less - five throughout the year plus special events at Halloween & Christmas. £4,020 01/10/202030/09/2021
Education & LearningBeanstalkSouth Westminster Literacy SupportTo support 10 reading volunteers across schools in the area to work with at least 30 children. £20,128 03/09/201831/08/2021
Education & LearningChildren's Literacy CharityCommunity Literacy Lab at The AbbeySpecialist 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 01/04/201931/03/2022
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. £45,000 01/04/202030/06/2023
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). £45,000 01/01/202031/08/2022
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. £10,000 01/04/202131/03/2022
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. £10,000 01/09/202020/07/2021
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 years. £1,500 18/09/202030/07/2023
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. £3,000 01/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingAnna Freud CentreFamily Therapy in SchoolsFamily therapy service providing a half day per week support at 2 schools for individual pupils & their families. £14,300 01/09/202131/08/2022
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. £37,650 01/04/202131/07/2022
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. £22,962 01/12/201730/11/2021
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. £2,470 01/09/202131/08/2022
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. £2,470 01/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingSt Clement Danes PSFamily Therapy serviceFamily therapy service - contributing to in-house therapist at school offering support to pupils & their family. £7,150 01/09/202131/08/2022
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. £3,780 01/09/202131/08/2022
Emotional Well-BeingSt Vincent's Family ProjectFamily Therapy ServiceFamily therapy service providing a half day per week support at 5 schools for individual pupils & their families. £26,466 01/09/202131/08/2022
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. £45,000 01/04/202131/03/2024
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesBloomsbury FootballEbury Estate Open Football SessionsYWF Brighter Futures Fund 2021. Providing open access football sessions on Ebury Bridge Estate for 1 hour a week over 40 weeks. £6,836 01/03/202101/03/2022
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. £16,431 01/06/202031/05/2022
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDragon Eggs Digital CICBlog UpYWF 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 01/02/202029/07/2022
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. £45,000 11/11/202010/11/2023
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesFuture MenYouth & Community - Churchill Gardens Youth ClubChurchill 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 01/01/202131/12/2023
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesRathbone Amateur Boxing ClubLCRF Kickstart supportLCRF Wave 5 to provide mentoring, training & support to young people in Intern or Kickstart positions. £12,000 12/04/202131/03/2022
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. £9,970 15/02/202120/12/2021
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 yrs. £30,000 01/06/201931/05/2022
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. £9,870 01/01/202029/07/2022