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 CentreHomework ClubTowards after school homework club for children & their parents with tailored support, for three afternoons (2 at Cardinal Hume & 1 at Thames Bank). £41,004 22/02/1831/01/21
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 01/04/1931/03/22
Children & FamiliesPimlico Toy LibraryLearning through PlayStay & Play sessions & toy library for Under 5's near Churchill Gardens estate. £45,000 01/04/1831/03/21
Children & FamiliesWestminster Befriend a FamilyBroadening HorizonsA 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 01/11/1731/10/20
Christian EducationThe Pimlico FoundationMessy Church roll-outMessy Church events for families at St James the Less - 5 throughout the year plus special events at Halloween & Christmas. £4,020 01/10/2030/09/21
Education & LearningBeanstalkSouth Westminster Literacy SupportTo support 10 reading volunteers across schools in the area to work with at least 30 children. £20,128 03/09/1831/08/21
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 01/04/1931/03/22
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. £45,000 01/10/1831/07/21
Education & LearningPimlico Musical FoundationDigital Re-OpeningCrisis Fund - portable projector, screen & speaker to show lyrics & music without giving out paper & to screen shows/performances. £1,033 07/09/2023/07/21
Education & LearningPimlico Musical FoundationSupporting choral music in PimlicoCore 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 01/01/2031/08/22
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 01/09/2020/07/21
Education & LearningSt Barnabas PSNew Early Years Interactive & creative play area to be used as both a playground & outside classroomA contribution to a refurbishment of the Early Years playground for play & outside learning - supported by a crowdfunded. £3,000 12/02/2122/02/21
Education & LearningSt Clement Danes PSOctober Gallery Beacon School PartnershipParticipate in art education workshops for pupils (14pa) & staff (2 CPD & 1 well-being) delivered by October Gallery for three years. £1,500 18/09/2030/07/23
Emotional Well-BeingFamily ActionFriendship Works South WestminsterExpand 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 01/12/1730/11/21
Emotional Well-BeingFamily LivesThe Befriending Volunteer Service for families with children 5-16 yearsBefriending 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 01/02/2031/01/21
Emotional Well-BeingSt Vincent's Family ProjectCreative Arts Therapy OutreachTowards Creative Arts Therapy Outreach programme offering individual therapy to CYP referred from schools & other agencies. £45,000 22/02/1821/02/21
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. £14,487 02/09/2031/08/21
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. £28,600 02/09/2031/08/21
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesCity West Homes - WCCChurchill Gardens Junior Youth ClubJunior Youth Club (for age 8-13) at Churchill Gardens Youth Club from 4-7pm on Tuesday & Thursday. There is also a Senior Youth Club. £44,850 01/11/1731/10/20
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. £36,000 03/09/1831/08/21
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 week for children & young people aged 5-18. £30,000 01/06/1931/05/22
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesLondon Basketball AssociationBOOST: Basketball for Outstanding Opportunities, Skills, & TrainingLBA uses basketball to engage young people & then supports their personal development through mentoring. £10,000 01/01/2031/12/20
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 01/06/2031/05/22
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDragon Eggs Digital CICBlog UpYWF 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 01/02/2031/12/20
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 01/01/2031/12/20
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDream ArtsDreamArts - ExperimentDreamArts Experiment offers children aged 7-13 years an affordable theatre school opportunity to develop their personal & social skills - on Saturdays at the Abbey Centre. £45,000 01/11/2031/10/23
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesSt Andrew's ClubEnsuring safe physical activity facilitiesCrisis Fund - install a new ventilation system in the Club's Gym & Studio areas to meet Covid guidance & open again for young people. £15,000 21/12/2004/01/21