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Funding Round-up – Children and Youth (part 3), October 2021

Here is a final collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on children and youth themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

Talents and Interests Grant Scheme from HeadStart
The Talents and Interests grant scheme offers funding to support a pursuit of a talent, interest or hobby for young people.
Organised by HeadStart, who are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and Reconnect Kent, the scheme offers funding to support children's and young people's emotional wellbeing, resilience, health and happiness.
The scheme is designed to support individuals or groups of young people to pursue a hobby such as sports, the arts or music.
The funders advise an adult from an education setting or community organisation can apply for a grant on the young person or group’s behalf in order to access hobbies such as sports, the arts or music.
The funders say interested parties can apply for a grant of up to £300 per individual and up to £1000 for a group of three or more.
At the time of writing, there was no specified deadline, which means applications can be accepted at any time.
For more information and how apply, visit the funder’s website.

Grant Funding from The Toy Trust
The Toy Trust offer grants of up £5,000 to registered charities that support disabled and disadvantaged children under the age of 13.
The Trust says the funds aim to:
  • Alleviate suffering
  • Support children through awful experiences
  • Encourage achievement through adversity
  • Purchase vital equipment
  • Provide care
  • Bolster existing initiatives
  • Initiate brand new projects
  • Satisfy basic needs
The Trust says they will fund equipment and services, but not salaries or research, and favours groups that have carried out some form of effective fundraising by themselves.
Although there is no specified deadline, meaning applications can be accepted at any time, the Trust advises that meetings are held four times a year (in February, June, August and November) to consider applications.
More information and how to apply can be found at The Trust’s website.

Youth Activity Funding from The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust
The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust funds projects that give disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors.
Supporting projects taking place within the UK, The Trust advises outdoor activities include walking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing, horse riding and residential courses at outdoor centres.
Usually only supporting organisations, they do support individuals with a referee; and applicants are expected to have done some fundraising for the activity or adventure.
At the time of writing, there was no identified deadline, suggesting applications could be accepted at any time.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Youth Welfare Grants from Casey Trust
The Casey Trust offers small grants (generally around £3,000) for UK registered charities for projects that benefit the welfare of children up to the age of 18 in the UK.
The Trust is specifically looking for start-up projects or identifiable new enterprise within existing projects, rather than funding for repeated events or ongoing programmes.
Although based in the London district (so mainly offers funding for Inner-London based projects) currently the Trust is particularly looking to support children's projects connected with:
  • The arts.
  • Mental health.
  • Child refugees in the UK
The Trust does advise that applications must be sent by post - applications submitted by email will not be accepted.
At the time of writing, there was no specified deadline, which means applications can be accepted at any time.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’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.