Types of Support

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John Lyon’s Charity is a flexible funder and grants can be used in a variety of ways. We will support core revenue costs, some salary costs and project costs, regardless of whether the project is new or well-established.

Unrestricted funding

You can apply for a general contribution to the core running costs of your organisation if it operates specifically with young people in the Charity’s Beneficial Area.   This could be used for overheads (rent, heat, light etc.), a contribution towards salary costs not relating to specific projects, or other things that cannot be funded through other sources.  We cannot provide core revenue funding for national organisations.

Salary costs

We will provide a contribution towards salary costs for roles that engage with young people either in the delivery, planning or coordination of a project or organisation.

Direct project costs

Grants are awarded towards the costs associated with the direct delivery of specific projects. These can be new, innovative projects but we also provide funding for projects that are tried and tested and clearly meeting the needs of children and young people in our beneficial area.  Project costs can be broken down into the following:

  • Equipment and project related IT
  • Food
  • Marketing / Advertising
  • Sessional staffing costs
  • Travel
  • Venue hire
  • Volunteer expenses.

You may also include an element of the organisation’s core running costs and overheads in the project budget as long as this is transparent and includes an explanation of what this includes.


We will provide funding for apprenticeships in the charitable sector in vocations not covered by government programmes, such as the Arts.

Funding can be used as a contribution towards salary costs where statutory funding programmes create a shortfall for an organisation. Find out more about apprenticeships funded by John Lyon’s Charity.


Grants can be used as a contribution towards specialist pieces of equipment that are not paid for by statutory sources.  Applications may also be made by voluntary sector organisations for small items of IT e.g. laptops.

Buildings & Refurbishments

Capital funding is not currently a priority for the Charity.

In exceptional circumstances, the Charity can consider requests for capital with the following guidelines:

  • Capital for building works are only considered for buildings and/or facilities that are used to further the Charity’s funding priorities including youth clubs and cultural venues
  • The maximum amount available as capital to an individual organisation will not usually exceed £250,000
  • Capital for primary schools falls under the Small Grants Fund unless there is a specific community or family element to the project
  • Capital awards to organisations for privately owned buildings should have a lease of five years or more.  A maximum award should represent the equivalent of £5,000 per year for each year remaining on the lease (up to £25,000 for five year leases, £50,000 for ten year leases). Awards of over £50,000 must have at least 10 years remaining on the lease
  • The Charity will not consider grants for buildings for the following: nurseries, secondary schools (independent and state), Further Education colleges, universities and other institutions of Higher Education, other local authority owned buildings, organisations with a lease of under five years.
  • Organisations that are awarded capital grants should keep the Charity regularly informed on the progress of their building works.

Capacity Building

We will offer support for organisations to help them better deliver projects in accordance with the Charity’s principles. For specific information on the Charity’s wider capacity building activities, see JLC Extra.