Education and Learning Funders

Funder Amount Closing Date Status
Help the Homeless Small: Up to £10,000 15 Mar 2017 Open Help the Homeless provides a grant scheme to support small and medium-sized UK charities that work to help homeless people rebuild their lives, re-enter society and live a normal life. Funding is targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter. Small and medium-sized registered charities with a turnover of under £1 million per annum can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The scheme will principally fund capital costs, but may consider revenue costs if necessary to the project. Projects must assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.
(Social Economy Growth Fund) Not Specified 17 Feb 2017 Closed The Social Economy Growth Fund will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund will support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. Organisations applying are expected to: •support people to move into better paid employment •increase household income •improve people's skills •empower people to find and own solutions to poverty themselves   Full details including eligibility criteria and the application process are available from The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 17 February.
(Wolfson Foundation) Not Specified 1 Jul 2017 Closed Grants are generally given for capital infrastructure (new build, refurbishment and equipment) supporting excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health & disability, education and the arts & humanities. The large majority of our funding is allocated through open programmes (i.e. programmes which are open for any applicant to apply, albeit within defined eligibility criteria). We also run a small number of closed programmes (i.e. programmes where the particular field being funded is tightly defined and where we work with a number of carefully selected organisations). Generally our capital infrastructure programmes are open programmes and our closedprogrammes are all bursary, scholarship or salary schemes focussed on people rather than buildings or equipment. Information on all of our programmes is available on this site, including information on how to apply, via the menus to the left. We welcome applications under our open programmes but do not accept unsolicited applications under our closed programmes.  
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund Small: Up to £10,000 1 Dec 2017 Open This scheme Makes Grants Available to Voluntary organisations in the UK for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning in the UK
Big Lotter Fund - improving lives - Medium Medium: Up to £100,000 Open Many people experience challenges at some point in their lives and we want to support activity that helps them overcome these difficulties and become more resilient. We want to fund activity that means people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives. For applications up to £150,000 you only need to fill in a single application form. If you are applying for between £150,000 and £1 million there is a different form and two stage process. To get an application form or to discuss what you're planning, contact our Scotland Advice Team on 0300 123 7110 or      
Cruden Foundation Limited Not Specified Open this scheme makes grants available for registered charities in Scotland working for the support and improvment of the community funding is available for activities that support the main purposes of the trust as follows: The advancement of education the advancment of health The advacment of citizenship or community deelopment. The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science The advancement of public participation in sport The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, withe the object of iproving the conditions of life for the person for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended the advacement of environmental protection or improvement the relief of those in need by reson of age , ill health, disability, finacial hardship or other disadvantage. the advacement of Animal welfare.   The trust does not maintain and email address or website. applications must be submitted in writing and must demonstrate need and purposes of support and be adressed to   The Secretary Cruden Foundation Limite Baserton House Juniper Green Edinburgh EH14 3HN
DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Small: Up to £10,000 10 Oct 2017 Open We provide funding for organisations which work to improve the lives of children and young people across Europe. Our grants focus on providing equipment, training and support to young people, and are administered through several different models
Ernest Cook Trust Up to £50,000 Open As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, the Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.
Esmee Fairbairn Fund Medium: Up to £100,000 Open The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The aim is to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK both now and in the future. They fund the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. fund across four main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change – as well as through our Food funding strand. Across all our funding we aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.  
Foyle Foundation Large: Over £100,000 Open The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities. The Foundation does not support applications from individuals.
Gannochy Trust Large: Over £100,000 Open A K Bell’s philanthropy has been developed into one of the more substantial grant-making trusts in Scotland. Originally, the Trust contributed to worthy charitable causes solely within Perth and its immediate environs. In 1967 a Scheme of Alterations was approved by the Court of Session to expand its grant-making footprint to the whole of Scotland, but with a preference for Perth and its environs. The Trust has made significant contributions to a wide variety of projects across Scotland over many years, ranging from major national flagship projects to smaller, but nonetheless important, community projects.
Garfield Weston Foundation Large: Over £100,000 Open The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest. We therefore support a wide range of charitable activity rather than having specific priorities for funding or regional bias. Our Trustees support excellence and, rather than predetermining where funds should be given, prefer to respond on a flexible basis to organisations that can show that they are addressing a need and that their work is high quality.
Gosling Foundation Limited Not Specified Open this scheme provides grants for charitable organisations carrying out projects in the UK that are related to social welfare, advancement of religion or education or other purposes beneficial to the community. The funding is for projects that address the following boroad Categories: the relief of poverty, suffering and distress. the advancement of religion. the advancement of education. Other purposes benificial to the community  
Hugh Fraser Foundation Not Specified Open This scheme provides grants to non-profit organisations for charitable work in the UK, whith a preference for scotland. the Trustees favour smaller, more focused causes rather than large highly-publicised appeals. Applications are assessed on a case-by case basis with no maximum or minimum levels specified. so long as the object is charitable the trustees will consider any application from a registerd charity. The trustees make grants in many different sectors. including: Medical research Hospitals. Education Organisations working withe Young and Aged the disabled and the under Privleged. Arts Organisations the trustees policy is to pay special regard to applications from Scotland, particulary from parts of scotland where the local economy and/ or circumstances make fundrasing for charitable purposes difficult there is no prescribed application form. applications should be by a letter of application, which should describe the project, and include a buget, if appropriate, and a copy of the organisation's latest accounts or up-to-date financial information.  
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Not Specified Open The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the larger independent grant-making foundations in the UK. They make grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future. In particular they are concerned with children and young people, and others who are disadvantaged.
Robertson Trust Not Specified Open The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on, Scotland.   the organisation has 3 Funding Strands   1. Care and wellbeing 2. Strenghening Communities 3 Realising Potential and its outcomes are Improved confidence & self-esteem Increased inclusion Improved Skills and Knowledge Improved Health and Well-being  
The MacRobert Trust Up to £50,000 Open Most monetary awards usually lie between £5,000 and £25,000 but larger awards, including capital grants, are sometimes given. A small grants programme facilitates awards of up to £5,000. Occasionally recurring grants are made for periods of up to three years.  There are 3 levels of monetary awards: small, medium and large.  Each level has its own specific governance arrangements and internal processes The themes and sub-themes define the scope of The Trust’s charitable work under its Charitable Donations Policy. The themes are listed below. The sub-themes are detailed separately in the document at the bottom of the page and are not listed in any priority order. Donations are given only to organisations registered as charities and are always dependent on funding availability. Trustees reserve the right to make changes to the themes and sub-themes and to make judgements on applications which do not qualify for support. Theme 1: Services and Sea Theme 2: Education and Training Theme 3: Children and Youth (See Note 1) Theme 4: Science, Engineering and Technology Theme 5: Agriculture and Horticulture Theme 6: Tarland and the Local Area
The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund Medium: Up to £100,000 30 Nov 2016 Open The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.  
The Wesleyan Foundation Small: Up to £10,000 Open The Wesleyan Foundation has announced that it will award up to £1 million in grants each year to small charities with the aim of transforming hundreds of lives and communities across the UK. Foundation Scotland is managing the Small Grants fund in Scotland. Constituted community groups, registered charities, not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee and social enterprises can apply for grants of up to £2,000. Groups must have an income of less than £250,000 per annum and be based and working in Scotland. The funding is for projects that address at least one of the following categories: Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise. Maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity. Advance people’s physical, mental health and wellbeing.
Thomas Wall Trust Small: Up to £10,000 30 Sep 2017 Open This Schem makes grants available for registered charities undertaking educational and social welfare projects in the UK
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Up to £50,000 Open Our grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation. Within these two main headings, we are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care.
WM Mann Foundation Not Specified Open This scheme provides grants to charitable instutions, societies and foundations that are based in scotland or are serving the Scottish comunity in the fields of music arts education and care. all requests for finacial assistance should be directed to and will be considered by the trustees. payments are to charitable institutions societies foundations or other funds at the trustees discretion. in the main such charitable payments are to organisations based in scotland or serving the scotitish community and preference is given to charitable institutions headquarted and or active in the flasgow area. preference is given to one-off support for special projects it is rare that support is given to the same charity for more than three years. the trustees prefer to focus on smaller local charities where relatively modest donations can make a difference. a particular emphasis is given to charities which benefit young people. assistance is not usually given to large international charities or for medical research scholarships and or bursaries are not given to indivuals    
Youth Voice fund Small: Up to £10,000 Open youth Voice fund is funding that is avalable for 10-21 year olds. Applications are welcome from individuals and Youth groups who live in or operate in parts of the following areas: Blantyre Burnbank hillhouse Whithill Fairhill Low Waters Cairns Halfway Burnhill Westburn Fernhill Whitlawburn Spittal Blairbeth Cathkin Larkhall and the Circuit   individuals can apply for up to £150 youth groups can apply for up to £500 Youth Voice Fund's main aim is to help Support those who are most in need The fund will support ideas and activities that may help develop skills and confidence in three main categories: Music and Arts Sport or Employment and Education the panel will not fund groups for school curricular activities