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DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Announces 2019 Deadlines (UK)

13 November 2018/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK registered charities with an income of less than £2 million a year, that are working with disadvantaged children and young people (babies to 25 years) who are considered the most in need can apply for grants of up to £30,000.

The funding aims to help young people gain skills through education projects and relieve suffering through health-related projects. Priority will be given to charities that demonstrate community involvement and volunteering opportunities as part of their working practices.

The funding is distributed quarterly with around £200,000 available every three months. Grants of up to £30,000 per year are available for one-off or medium terms projects.

The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and capital costs. Outright funding for salaries will not be considered. Grants can be awarded for refurbishment and equipment, but not for capital appeals or new construction.

The Foundation funds projects working towards accreditation or recognised qualifications for young people. This does not include teacher training. Preference is given to support training programmes working directly with the young people, where they will work towards an accreditation.

Please note this is a 'highly competitive' fund. Last year the Foundation received requests of more than £2.7 million and awarded around £513,000, that is 19% of funds requested, with 79 Central Grants being given.

The 2019 application deadlines are: 5 February 2019, 7 May 2019, 23 July 2019, and 8 October 2019.

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