What you need to know

We fund projects that seek to make differences in children’s lives by helping to prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. By either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments. 


We're looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people. We are unlikely to fund applications for top-up funding for salaries or larger projects where a small grant would only make a marginal impact on their success.

We give grants for: Projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

  2. Any kind of disability

  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties

  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Who can apply:

Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises of any size who work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under.

Location of work:

International. (We typically aim to support one overseas project one UK charity in a financial year) 

We DON'T give grants to:

  • To local government or NHS bodies

  • For projects which promote religion

  • For political activity, party political organisations or for direct lobbying

  • To individuals (unless an eligible organisation is applying on their behalf)

  • To help with budget shortfalls or debt repayments

  • To projects unable to start within 12 months of the grant award date

  • For unspecified expenditure


How to apply:

​Applicants must submit an initial letter of application by post or email, no longer than two sides of A4. All organisations must include a copy of signed accounts from within the last 18 months. You will receive an email confirming that we have received it. We will then assess your application, taking into consideration all the information you have provided around:

  • Your project and the children you plan to work with

  • The differences your project aims to make in the lives of those children and young people

  • The health of your organisation – such as finances, safeguarding and governance

Shortlisted Applicants will be invited to meet with the trustees. The deadline to apply annually, is the last Friday in April - with successful applicants being notified by the last Friday in May.


We are interested in learning from all our funded projects about the difference they make. If Successful, we will ask you to measure and evaluate your project and report back to us.