Grant-giving Principles

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

Our policies are reviewed every three years to ensure that they continue to enable us to respond effectively to the needs of the voluntary sector in the Beneficial Area.  Since the early 1990s, our grant-giving policy has remained largely unchanged.

  • 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
  • Projects should always consider the society in which they operate and seek to benefit the wider community
  • Organisations should be inclusive and non-discriminatory  
  • The Charity should continue to be “faith blind” and inclusive; faith schools should demonstrate an approach that benefits the wider community and have an open admissions policy 
  • Projects must be of high quality and seek to inspire children and young people beyond their everyday experiences
  • Projects should enhance the ability of traditionally under-represented groups to access programmes, activities and educational opportunities  
  • Organisations should seek partnerships where relevant 
  • Projects in schools should seek to engage parents as much as possible with their child’s learning and within the school community  
  • Schools should be expected to show ownership of and commitment to a project  
  • Organisations funded by the Charity should have the correct safeguarding policies and procedures in place e.g. Prevent strategy 
  • Youth clubs should have, or be working towards, the London Youth Quality Mark
  • Supplementary schools should have, or be working towards, the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education Quality Standard
  • 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 must be members of 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 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 and become accredited