Funding Round-up – Children and Youth (part 4), July 2023

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

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

The Outdoor Essentials Grant from Ernest Cook Trust
Small grants are available from The Ernest Cook Trust to UK state funded Primary and Secondary schools to enable them to get their pupils learning outdoors.

The grant supports school travel and transport costs to any centre or provider that can help children and young people to create lasting, meaningful connections with nature including:
  • Outdoor learning centres
  • Woodlands, Countryside and National parks
  • Farms (including city farms) and Farm parks
  • Forest schools, and
  • Coastal areas and beaches
The Trust advise trips to outdoor adventure centres and outdoor activities (e.g. kayaking and climbing) may be considered, but nature connection and environmental learning must be the primary focus.

At the time of writing, there was no recognised deadline, suggesting this is a Continuous Rolling Programme and applications can be accepted at any time.

More information and how to apply can be found at the Trust’s website.

Funding from Gibbons Family Trust (Thanet)
Grants are available from The Gibbons Family Trust to assist children and young people that live in Thanet, Kent.

Eligible projects include:
  • Residential and day care establishments for children and young people, including those who are disabled
  • The maintenance and educational advancement, the training and recreation of children/young people
The Trust say the funding is intended to support their main priorities, which are the care, benefit, welfare, education, and support of young people.

The Trust also advise that their grants are available to charitable organisations, registered charities and individuals working with children and young people under the age of 25.

With meetings held by Trustees every quarter, the Trust advise their next deadline for applications is 30th September 2022.

More information and how to apply (via online application) are available at the Trust’s website.

Funding Programme from Ironmongers’ Company
The Ironmongers’ Company offers grants 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 2023 with a further date to be announced.

For more details and how to apply, visit the Ironmongers’ Company 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, you can also contact MVA via the website.