Our Grant Funds

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John Lyon’s Charity gives grants for the benefit of children and young people who live in our Beneficial Area. Please find the different types of grants available below to see which best fits your organisation. The Fund you choose will dictate what form to fill in and how to apply via the Grants Portal.

Main Grants Fund

Out of the eight Grant Funds that are available at John Lyon’s Charity, the Main Grants Fund is undoubtedly the most popular. It delivers many opportunities such as contributions towards salary costs; direct project funding, apprenticeship prospects or general overheads to ensure the lights remain on.

Small Grants Fund

The Small Grants Fund enables organisations to access smaller amounts of funding outside the main Trustee meetings. Requests to the Small Grants Fund are considered at least six times a year and there are no deadlines.

Bursary Fund

We are committed to supporting life-changing bursaries for disadvantaged children and young people at both John Lyon’s Foundation schools (Harrow School and The John Lyon School), as well as at Christ’s Hospital School and independent girls’ day schools that are based in the Beneficial Area.

School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAFs)

The School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays through our School Holiday Activity Fund. This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holiday.

Capacity Building

If your organisation needs help with writing, interviewing, shooting, editing, pitching your stories to the media, as well as training in how to communicate with the media then our Capacity Building Fund is available to offer support in these fields.

Cultural Capital Fund – Arts Organisations

This exciting Fund is exclusive to schools and Arts organisations. It is designed to ensure that access to high quality Arts activities, delivered by the best Arts practitioners, are accessible to all children across the Beneficial Area. This Fund is about creating opportunities for young people to engage with Arts, particularly those from backgrounds that typically do not engage in cultural activities.

Grants For Schools

All schools can apply for any of the above grants. See below for more information.

Schools in Partnership Fund

We are committed to helping the most disadvantaged young people by promoting the crucial link between schools, home-life and the community.

Cultural Capital Fund – Schools

This exciting Fund is exclusive to schools and Arts organisations. It is designed to ensure that access to high quality Arts activities, delivered by the best Arts practitioners, are accessible to all children across the Beneficial Area. This Fund is about creating opportunities for young people to engage with Arts, particularly those from backgrounds that typically do not engage in cultural activities.

Now you have seen the different types of grants available, you might find it beneficial to read about the diverse Programme Areas that you can apply for. These Programme Areas reflect a huge variety of projects and organisations that seek to help children and young people. Please click here for further information.