Grant-giving Principles

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When submitting applications for funding, organisations should bear in mind the following principles that steer the Charity’s grant-giving.

  • Projects should work with children and young people aged 0-25 or their families. In cases of special needs or disability the age may extend to 30
  • The Charity’s grant-giving is simple and non-discriminatory
  • Projects should always consider the society in which they operate and seek to benefit the wider community
  • The Charity should support projects that demonstrate inclusivity
  • The Charity is “faith blind” and inclusive; faith schools should demonstrate an approach that benefits the wider community
  • Projects must be of high quality and seek to inspire children and young people beyond their everyday experiences
  • The Charity seeks to identify funding gaps and respond positively where appropriate
  • Grants should enhance the ability of certain groups to access programmes, activities and educational opportunities where they are traditionally under-represented
  • The Charity is keen to build relationships with other organisations to develop joint strategies and increase leverage.  This is true for relationships with both other funders and with institutions delivering projects on joint initiatives.
  • The Charity encourages partnerships between relevant bodies across schools, arts organisations and voluntary groups
  • Grants should seek to engage parents as much as possible with their child’s learning and within the school community
  • Grants should encourage parents and young people to access the opportunities and services available to them
  • Grants within school settings should focus on schools that do not typically engage in projects and activities
  • Schools are expected to demonstrate ownership of and commitment to a project, typically by a financial contribution or dedicating staff time
  • If a grant for capital is awarded the Charity recognises the additional revenue costs and is sympathetic to supporting requests to maintain the operating costs of an organisation
  • The Charity recognises the importance of supporting causes that find it difficult to attract funds
  • The Charity recognises the importance of supporting early intervention projects but cannot respond to hardship appeals
  • Organisations funded by the Charity should have the correct safeguarding policies and procedures in place
  • Youth clubs that approach the Charity for support should be engaging with London Youth and working towards at least the Bronze Quality Mark
  • Supplementary schools that approach the Charity for support should engage with the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education
  • Organisations that seek to work with schools on music projects should demonstrate that they have a relationship with the Music Hub of that particular area
  • Organisations should be engaging with the Young People’s Foundation in their local area
  • Counselling and psychotherapy projects that support children and young people must provide evidence of membership of the appropriate professional bodies and provide clinical supervision to their practitioners
  • Organisations funded by the Charity should be aware of the London Living Wage and be encouraged to implement it for its members of staff.