The Hedley Foundation - Grants for work with young people

The Hedley Foundation is a grant giving charitable foundation which supports small to medium sized charities which work with young people.

Scheme details

The principal aim of the Trustees' grant-making is to effect change for the better in the lives of young people.  It follows that most grants will be of a capital or one-off nature, but the Trustees sometimes agree to help fund the introduction of new and innovative projects with a series of up to 3 annual grants.  Few grants exceed £5,000 and most of them go to charities where they can make an impact.

Funding Priorities

  • The Foundation makes grants to small UK registered charities working with young people in the areas of Recreation, Sport, Training, Health and Welfare, Support and outdoor Education of young people between the ages of 11 and 25.

  • The Foundation is particularly keen on open air and adventure-type activities and the funding of appropriate kit and equipment.

  • The Foundation is keen to support small charities which can demonstrate achievement in persuading and deterring at-risk young people from proceeding further down the pathway to custody.

  • A secondary aim is to assist small charities helping with disabled and terminally ill young people through funding for specialist equipment, organised respite breaks and holidays.

  • The Foundation also supports young carers. The Foundation provides limited bursary type funding to organisations which provide apprenticeships and specialist training for talented young people who, for want of money alone, are unable to develop their talents.


  • Grants cannot be made direct to individuals.

  • Applicants must be UK registered charities.

  • They also do not support large or national appeals, core funding, salaries or running costs.

How to apply

Download the application form on the website and post to:

Miss Lucy James

Appeals Manager

The Hedley Foundation

1-3 College Hill

London EC4R 2RA



In 2019, the Trustees will meet on the following dates:

•30th January

•20th March

•15th May

•17th July

•18th September

•20th November


It is advisable to get your application as soon as possible before the date of the meeting in which you would like your application to be considered for.

Applications will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a copy of the most recent set of audited accounts. Applications for the funding of equipment or projects should be accompanied by a breakdown of the costs.

Due to the large number of applications received, the Foundation will not normally consider repeat appeals which are submitted within 18 months from the date of the previous grant. However, charities should not feel that they cannot ask for a "repeat" grant once that period of time has passed.

BBC Children in Need - Small Grants Programme


Children in Need is an annual charity appeal organised by the BBC.  Every year the BBC dedicates one evening of programming to showcase events aimed at raising money for charities working with young people in the UK.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available per year for up to three years (£30,000 total request).

Objectives of Fund

The Trust distributes the funds raised each year as grants to organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 18, living in the UK. 

Funding is available to organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

  • Any kind of disability.

  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.

  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives. Eligible projects will make these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands are eligible to apply.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding to keep running the same project or for a different project. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

Organisations who currently hold an award from the Children in Need Main Grant Scheme can apply for a Small Grant as long as it is for work with a different group of children and young people.


The deadlines for applications are 3 March 2019 and 27 May 2019.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on the deadline date.

Applicants must refer to the A-Z Guidance document before making an application.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Children in Need website:

2018 Baldwins Kick Start Award Offers £20,000 to Young Entrepreneurs in the UK


Baldwins Kick Start is an annual award programme for young entrepreneurs who have a good idea and would like to start their own business. The programme was established by Baldwins Accountants to find and develop the ‘Youth Entrepreneurs’ of the future.

Baldwins hopes to reach those young people who have talent, drive, ambition and ideas but who lack access to the necessary funding and business support needed to start up in enterprise.

The programme has a total budget of £300,000, running over ten years.

The winner of the award will be given a grant of £10,000 coupled with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice. Two runners-up will be presented with £5,000 worth of accountancy advice and mentoring.

The scheme is open to UK-based young people aged between 18 and 25 who either have an idea and a business plan but are yet to start trading, or a newly founded start-up business where trading commenced on or after 31 August 2017.

Applications for the current round close on 31 August 2018.

For more information and to apply go to

Arts Council NI: SIAP - Mike Moloney Award

In 1985, Mike Moloney and Donal McKendry founded the Belfast Community Circus School as a tool for personal development and creative expression for young people. Sadly, Mike Moloney passed away in 2013, but he left a legacy forged by an unfaltering belief in the value of the arts in impacting positively in the lives of young people.

Reflecting Mike’s passion for Circus and Street Theatre and his work with young people, the Arts Council administers an annual Mike Moloney Award. The Mike Moloney Award has a total dedicated budget of £5,000 and aims to support the development of young people working in the field of Circus Arts and Street Theatre.

Scheme details

You may apply for an amount between £1,000 and £5,000. Depending on the quality of applications received the Council may choose to make a number of small awards or one larger award.

Who can apply?

Young people between the ages of 16-25 who wish to enhance the quality of their performances of Circus/ Street Theatre. The award is targeted at young people at the beginning of their artistic career and/or those who already have some accomplishment under their belts.

What is the fund designed to support? 

The award will be based on the impact of the funding for the applicant; how the funding will make a difference to the applicant’s engagement with Circus/Street Theatre; and the potential for the quality of work that follows. This award will support the development of new shows; learning new skills which can be applied to performance or teaching; or gaining inspiration from other artists or organisations. The award aims to support formal or informal courses, mentoring, coaching, supervision, research and cultural/research visits.

For further guidelines and online application form visit the SIAP funding scheme on the Arts Council website.