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Funding Round-up – Children and Youth (part 1), June/July 2022

Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on children and youth themes aimed at helping charities continue their work

Whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information, due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the details below may have changed since the time of its issue and ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Funding Programme from Ironmongers’ Company
The Ironmongers’ Company offers grants up to £10,000 to registered charities that work with disadvantaged young people under the age of 25.

The Company are particularly interested in supporting projects that provide opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential through educational activities that develop learning, motivation, and skills, and so preference would be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be spread across a wider audience.

The Company ask that projects meet all the following measures:
  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation, and skills
  • Show clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
  • Be based in the UK
With the Appeals Committee meeting twice a year, The Company advises the next deadline for applications is 31st July 2022 (with a further date to be announced).
For more details and how to apply, visit the Ironmongers’ Company website.

Funding to Support Challenged & Vulnerable Young People (UK)
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to charitable organisations supporting challenged and vulnerable young people under the age of 16 in the UK.
the7stars Foundation will provide funding for projects which support young living in areas of deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage that are challenged by abuse or addiction, who are young carers, or who are homeless.

The Foundation advises proposed projects should show where provisions are lacking, and how immediate support would be provided. Example of support could include recreational trips, mentoring programmes, and counselling sessions.

The next deadline for applications is 31st July 2022 with further dates to be announced later in the year.
More information is available at the Foundation’s website.

The U18 Better Starts Grants from the ASDA Foundation
The U18 Better Starts Grant from the Asda Foundation aims to give children under 18 years old the best start in life by tackling poverty, enabling inclusion, as well as enhancing wellbeing, with the themes for this season concentrating around support for children:
  • Supporting Essentials: to ensure there is no hungry child and they have access to at basic essentials.
  • Being Active: to make sure every child has an opportunity to be active.
  • Improving Wellbeing: activities to support a child's mental health, to encourage creativity.
  • Celebrating and Bringing Children Together: enable under 18s to celebrate within the community.
All UK Not-for-profit community groups are eligible to apply, and The Foundation ask that organisations show they have a presence in their local community and how the activity will benefit those under 18 years old.

With funding awarded on a regional basis, The Foundation does advise that applicants should contact their local Asda store’s Community Champion to discuss their project and for Submission forms: And that applications should be submitted at least six weeks before their activity starts to allow enough processing time.

Recently relaunched, The Foundation advises that applications must be submitted to their local Community Champion by 19th August 2022.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Foundation’s website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at info@mva.org.uk, you can also contact MVA via the website.