Who we've funded

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Through our funding, we champion educational opportunities for young people in London.

We have been providing financial support to individuals and organisations for over 270 years. 


Through our grant-making, we contribute to educational policy, practice, and research, in order to shape and meet the evolving needs of London’s most disadvantaged young people.

Under our current Grants Strategy we have six funding priorities which inform all aspects of our grant-giving. These strategic priorities enable us to support young Londoners across every stage of their education and in a variety of settings. They also afford us the flexibility to respond to emerging needs or challenges faced by particular groups.

When we talk about education, we talk about it in the broadest sense. We know that learning takes place in a range of settings, not just in formal education environments. That's why we continue to support a variety of organisations, from schools, colleges and universities to theatres, museums, prisons, sports charities, arts organisations and more.

We believe every young person should have a fair opportunity to find and fulfil their potential.

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Deptford Town Hall
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Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths is an internationally renowned public research university situated in Lewisham with over 9,000 students studying the arts, social sciences and humanities.

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National Youth Theatre

We support NYT’s flagship programme Playing Up, a high-quality accredited training programme in performing arts for marginalised young people aged 19-24.

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Rich Mix

Rich Mix is a multi-disciplinary arts centre in Tower Hamlets. It was established to address the needs of marginalised communities in the local area.

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Islington Boat Club

Islington Boat Club provides opportunities for local children to learn and play through watersports. Its programmes combine youth work and personal development approaches to support children and young people to thrive.

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Institute of Education, UCL

We are supporting the Institute of Education to deliver a knowledge exchange programme to improve the education, employment and training opportunities for care-leavers aged 16-25.

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In January 2020 we published an impact report entitled "A Decade of Achievement" looking at the projects and organisations we had supported over the period 2009/10 - 2018/19.

Impact 2009-2018


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in-kind support to our partner organisations

In that decade, the largest area of our grant-making (27%) was our Widening Participation priority area, with £4.8million awarded to organisations helping young people into further and higher education. £4million was awarded under our New Initiatives priority (23%), and £2.6million (15%) each under our Prisoner Education, Portal Trust Partners, and Bursaries and Scholarships priority areas. Our smallest area of giving was Truancy, Exclusion and Behavior Management (£900,000: 5%), though we have seen a rise in applications under this priority area in recent years.

Learn more about our grants to organisations by exploring our database of grants awarded, or hear from some of the individuals we have supported directly through bursaries and scholarships.