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Toy Trust

10 June 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for registered charities undertaking projects to support disadvantaged and disabled children who are under 13 years of age within the UK and abroad.

Fund Information

Funding body:
British Toy and Hobby Association
Maximum value:
Application deadline:


Founded by the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA), the Toy Trust exists to raise money predominantly from the toy industry, its suppliers and friends; and distribute the money raised to young disadvantaged and disabled children's charities within the UK and abroad.

The Trust aims to:

  • Co-ordinate and organise various fundraising activities for its members.
  • Make donations to charities for children.
  • Provide emergency aid in any crisis involving children.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for UK based children's charities who are working for the benefit of disadvantaged children under the age of 13 years and their families.

Value Notes

Grants for less than £5,000 are considered. However, the Trust may make larger and longer commitment for special projects.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants should be able to demonstrate effective fund raising.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities in support of disadvantaged children aged below 13 years and that are based in the UK or Ireland are eligible to apply. Applications will also be considered from organisations around the world that have a UK based office.

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • Be supported by a registered charity number.
  • Have supporting up to date financial accounts.
  • Have been running for a minimum of one full year.
  • Show a ratio of administration and overhead costs to income of less than 30%.
  • Have urestricted net assets of not more than £200,000 or of less than one year's income.

During 2021, applications are welcome from small UK-based children's charities.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals (unless there are compelling reasons).
  • Salaries or wages.
  • Research.
  • Running costs
  • Books or publishing.

Successful applicants cannot reapply for funding for two years.

Applications cannot be accepted from overseas offices.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to help disadvantaged children aged below 13 years and their families to:

  • Alleviate suffering.
  • Support children through awful experiences.
  • Encourage achievement through adversity.
  • Purchase vital equipment.
  • Provide care.
  • Bolster existing initiatives.
  • Initiate brand new projects.
  • Satisfy basic needs.

Projects should:

  • Show real benefit for relieving hardship and suffering to beneficiaries.
  • Run for a minimum of one full year.
  • Be in support of children and projects regardless of faith, sex or disability.

Funding can be used for equipment and services.


United Kingdom and Ireland

How To Apply

Applications can be made at any time throughout the year and will be considered at the next Trustee meetings.

The deadline for applications for the:

  • March meeting is 28 February
  • July meeting is 30 June
  • September is 31 August
  • December is 31 November

The online application form and application guidance can be found on the Toy Trust website.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Tracey Butcher
    Charity Co-ordinator
    British Toy and Hobby Association
    142-144 Long Lane
    SE1 4BS
    Tel: 020 7701 7271
    Email: [email protected]

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