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 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:

AreaOrganisationProjectSummaryGrantStartUntil
Children & FamiliesAbbey Community AssociationChildren, Families & Young People projectDevelopment of CYP project offering range of activities including after school art activities (with Tate) & performing arts (with Dream Arts) & parenting courses.£8,60301/01/1922/05/20
Children & FamiliesCardinal Hume CentreHomework ClubTowards after school homework club for children & their parents with tailored support, for 3 afternoons (2 at Cardinal Hume & 1 at Thames Bank).£41,00622/02/1831/01/21
Children & FamiliesFamily 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.£9,56001/02/2031/01/21
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.£45,00001/04/1931/03/22
Children & FamiliesPimlico Toy LibraryLearning through PlayStay & Play sessions & toy library for Under 5's near Churchill Gardens estate.£45,00001/04/1831/03/21
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.£39,00001/11/1731/10/20
Christian EducationAll Souls ClubhouseAll Souls Clubhouse Children's & school workA 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.£10,00001/11/1931/07/20
Education & LearningBeanstalkSouth Westminster Literacy SupportTo support 10 reading volunteers across schools in the area to work with at least 30 children.£26,64003/09/1831/08/21
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.£30,00001/04/1931/03/22
Education & LearningChildren's Literacy CharityLiteracy LabsSpecialist literacy tuition at St Matthews School & Soho Parish for a minimum of 6 children in each school for 2 years.£15,48003/09/1824/08/20
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.£45,00001/04/2031/03/23
Education & LearningFirst StoryFirst Story Writer-in-Residence project at Pimlico AcademyTo support a Writer in Residence literacy project for different age pupils at Pimlico Academy.£7,17501/11/1931/08/20
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.£45,00001/10/1831/07/21
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).£45,00001/01/2031/08/22
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.£10,00002/09/1928/08/20
Education & LearningWestminster Cathedral PSSpeech & Language Therapy (SALT) in South Westminster Cluster SchoolsSpeech & 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.£75,00022/02/1831/07/20
Emotional Well-BeingAnna Freud CentreFamily Therapy Project in South Westminster SchoolsMental 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.£35,26902/09/1903/09/22
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.£22,96201/12/1731/03/21
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.£45,00022/02/1821/02/21
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.£16,43101/06/2031/05/22
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesCity West Homes - WCCChurchill Gardens Junior Youth ClubJunior 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.£44,85001/11/1731/10/20
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.£5,77301/02/2030/11/20
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.£36,00003/09/1831/08/21
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesDream ArtsDreamArts ChurchillThe 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.£44,91901/11/1731/10/20
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesLondon Basketball AssociationBOOST: Basketball for Outstanding Opportunities, Skills, & TrainingLBA uses basketball to engage young people & then supports their personal development through mentoring.£10,00001/01/2031/12/20
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesMousetrap Theatre ProjectsDramatic ImpactTwo 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.£4,50018/11/1931/05/20
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.£30,00001/06/1931/05/22
Youth Clubs & ActivitiesThe London Sports TrustThink ActiveYWF 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.£9,87001/01/2031/12/20