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As an independent grant making trust, we provide grants to charitable organisations and educational establishments delivering impactful opportunities for young Londoners.

Our grants enable young people in London, particularly those from disadvantaged or low income backgrounds, to find and fulfil their potential.

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Our criteria

In order to apply for funding, your organisation must be working to enhance the education of children and young people who meet our criteria. Beneficiaries of your project must be:

- below the age of 25,
- come from low income or disadvantaged backgrounds and
- permanently reside in one of our named inner London boroughs.*

Your project must also address at least one of our six stated grant making priorities.

*We work across the 14 boroughs that make up inner London: Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and the City of London.

Is my organisation eligible?

Find out if your organisation is eligible to apply for funding by taking our short quiz.

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Our application process

We understand that applying for funding is time consuming, which is why we operate a two stage application process.

The first stage is our Initial Enquiry Form which is completed online. If we wish to progress your application, you will then be invited to complete our full application form.

As a funder with a relatively small, defined area of benefit, we try to visit all organisations that are invited to complete a second stage application, to get a better understanding of your organisation and the work that you do.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please take our eligibility quiz application. If your organisation is eligible, you will be taken to our online application portal and can begin your application.

What we will not normally fund:

- Projects that do not meet our stated funding priorities
- General fund-raising campaigns or appeals
- Supplementary schools
- Youth and community groups
- Costs for equipment or salaries that are the statutory responsibility of education authorities
- Costs to substitute for the withdrawal or reduction of statutory funding
- Costs for work or activities that have already taken place prior to the grant application
- Costs already covered by core funding or other grants
- Capital costs, that are exclusively for the purchase, repair or furnishing of buildings, purchase of vehicles, computers, sports equipment or improvements to school grounds.

Please note, applying for funding is a competitive process and our grants budget is limited. Because of the high volume of applications received, good projects sometimes have to be refused, even if they meet one of our priorities. All applications are assessed on merit. If your application is refused you can apply again in twelve months after the date you submitted your last application.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much can we apply for?

We do not have a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for. Sometimes we fund projects in their entirety, while other times we support a proportion of a projects’ costs and look for match funding. We recommend applicants look through our list of recent grants to better understand the types of projects we support.

How often are decisions made about grants?

Our Grants Committee usually consider new applications at three meetings per year, in March, June and October. Please submit your application with plenty of time, and be aware that even if we wish to take your application forward we cannot guarantee that it will go to any particular committee meeting.

How long does it take for an application to be assessed?

It can take up to six months for an application to progress from submitting a stage one application to receiving an award, depending on the time of year, the number of applications we receive and the grants budget available. Please leave plenty of time to apply before your project starts, as we are unable to fund activities retrospectively.

How likely is it that my application will be successful?

We do not publish success rates, as these vary year on year depending on the number of applications received and the grants budget available. Each application is assessed on its own merit, and we take into consideration how closely it meets our stated priorities for grant making.

Our application was turned down, how soon can we reapply?

Organisations which are unsuccessful must wait a minimum of 12 months from the date of their first application before reapplying. Any additional applications received during these 12 months will not be considered.

If we are awarded a grant, how do we report our progress to you?

Once approved, all funded organisations are expected to submit an interim and/or final reports within 12 months, and annually thereafter. If you were awarded a multi-year grant, the payment of subsequent year payments would be conditional, subject to receipt of satisfactory monitoring reports.

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