These funds cover schools and colleges, plus organisations that provide education in and out of school settings.

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.

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Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Award

Charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £750 for projects that enable young people to gain new skills and confidence, such that they can volunteer in their community for the benefit of others. This grant is currently closed but check back to see if it’s open in the future.

BlueSpark Foundation

BlueSpark Foundation supports the education and development of children and young people (aged 5-22) by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. It values academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure and is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. There is no upper limit but most grants are under £5,000.

British & Foreign School Society

Grants are available to registered charities, including schools and universities, for educational projects for young people up to the age of 25. Priority will be given to projects which widen educational access, and which are in areas of deprivation or educational disadvantage. There is no published maximum amount available, but match funding is welcomed.

YAPP Charitable Trust

Education is one of five themes for this trust, which offers grants of £3,000 to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000. The Trust has a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children.

Lawrence Atwell’s Charity

Grants of up to £1,500 are available for people aged 16 to 26, living in England and Wales from low-income backgrounds, to help them gain vocational, accredited qualifications (up to level 3) that will help them move into employment. Funding can be given for course fees, equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare and living costs.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants from £2,000 to £60,000 are available to UK charitable organisations with a total annual income under £500,000. The fund will cover a wide range of projects that fit into one or both of the fund’s overarching themes: Community Support, and Arts, Education and Heritage. See the Grants Gallery for examples of successful applications. Core costs, salaries and capital expenditure are all acceptable.

Projects must be based in a rural area (towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants) which are classified by the government as being in the most deprived 50%, or in urban areas (more than 10,000 inhabitants) which are classified as being in the most deprived 20%. Click here to check whether your area is eligible.

Foyle Foundation

Grants of £10,000 to £500,000 are available for organisations focused on either Learning or Arts. Recently awarded grants for Learning show a focus on museums and libraries, with a wide range of project types including project costs, salaries and capital projects.

Gilchrist Educational Trust

Grants of £500 to £4,000 are available to UK-registered companies and charities (but not schools) for projects that fill academic educational gaps or make more widely available a particular aspect of education or learning. Applications submitted by February 2020 are considered in April/May 2020.

Hodge Foundation

Education is one of four themes for the Hodge Foundation, which will fund registered charities, schools and universities. There is no upper limit but most grants are under £10,000. It will fund education within formal school settings and also practical approaches to learning which support young people to fulfil their potential and thrive, including those with special needs. The Foundation supports arts projects for education that encourage and inspire audiences across the UK and bring a range of benefits to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Ironmongers’ Company

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to registered charities for UK projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under 25 to fulfil their potential. Deadlines are 31 July and 15 December 2019.

Peter Cruddas Foundation

Grants are available to charities, CiCs and individuals for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 16 to 30 years. Priority is given to work experience projects and pathways for young people into education, training or employment. Deadlines are 1 September and 1 March.

Fiver Challenge

This loan scheme provides children aged five to 11 with £5 each, which they invest in a project to return a profit. The Challenge runs from 3 to 28 June, and children can work alone or in groups. Limited funds are available from the charity as loans, so schools and youth groups are encouraged to take part using their own funds.

Equality and diversity fund: for school-led projects

The Department for Education is funding school-led equality and diversity projects. The Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund aims to increase the diversity of school leadership and maximise the number of leaders available by raising aspirations and the chances of successful promotion among people with leadership potential. Funding has been allocated to eight regional hubs; the one for Cambridgeshire is Linton Village College.

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