Funding - grants and other support



Awards for All England
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. Priority is given to groups with smaller incomes. Applications should be sent at least four months before the project start date. The decision process takes approximately 14 weeks.


Esmee Fairbairn

Support work that focuses on the Arts, Children and Young People, the Environment, Food and Social Change.


Foyle Foundation

The Foundation will support projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and learning and which have a long-term strategic impact. It may take up to 4 months to receive a decision. Key areas for support are:

  • libraries, museums and archives;  

  • special educational needs;

  • projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue;

  • projects and activities which increase access and widen the diversity of attenders/visitors.


Arts, Culture and Heritage 

Grants for the Arts
Awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts. Any type of venue can apply, including museums and libraries but your proposal must be for arts activity. Decisions on applications for £15,000 or less take six weeks. Decisions on applications of over £15,000 take 12 weeks.



Heritage Lottery Fund: Sharing Heritage
Explore your community’s heritage with a grant of £3,000–£10,000. Applying through this programme is straightforward, with a short application form and applications assessed within eight weeks.


Science and Nature

Institute of Physics 

These grants are for science activities that inspire and enthuse the public about physics. There are two strands that schools and other community organisations can apply for:

Schools Grants Scheme

Grants for up to £600 are awarded for projects, events and activities linked with the promotion of physics and engineering. Application closing dates:
 1 February for projects taking place the following Summer Term

1 June for projects taking place the following Autumn Term

1 November for projects taking place the following Spring Term Public Engagement Grant Scheme
Our public engagement grant scheme provides up to £2000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.

Public Engagement Grant Scheme
Provides up to £2000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. Round 2 of the Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2018 will open in September 2018 with successful projects to be completed by the end of July 2019.

Local Schools Nature Grant

Successful applicants could receive £500 worth of equipment and 2 hours of training. 


Les Mill Fund for Children

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children. The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 1st June 2019.


Comic Relief


​It aims to support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing.


​Proposals are invited from organisations providing mental health support to vulnerable and underserved children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop.

Surrey Educational Trust funding

The Surrey Educational Trust has supported innovative and ambitious ideas that help children, young people and other learners in Surrey. It has helped schools, organisations and educational projects to use bright ideas and new ways of doing things in their work. Grants of up to £25,000 can be awarded. Submission between Monday 15 April 2019 - Friday 7 June 2019

Other Support


Local funding sources
There are many local funding sources available. To find out more contact your local Community Voluntary Service and/ or Council.


Local Business
Speak to local businesses that might be interested in engaging with a family audience. 


In-kind funding
In-kind gifts are contributions of goods or services, other than cash grants. E\This could include space, refreshments, competition prizes or even free promotion!


If you have a good database and great PR skills crowdfunding might be the perfect way to get a community behind you to organise your event.


Charging for your event
Whilst we encourage organisations to hold free events we understand this is not always possible. If you are charging for your events consider having concessions available and offering special rates for larger families.



Any suggestions?
Have you received funding towards your Family Learning Festival event?
Please email Gurpreet at 
[email protected] to share your tips and let us know what worked for you.


The Family Learning Festival is co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning

The Campaign for Learning is a division of NCFE. Registered address: Q6, Quorum Park, Benton Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 8BT


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