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Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.




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Children's Summer Playschemes Grants Programme Opens for UK Applications

Children & Young People

21 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for small, local registered charities in the UK to support summer playschemes for children (aged 5-16 years) from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Woodward Charitable Trust is currently accepting applications to its annual funding round from UK registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations or exempt charities with an annual turnover of less than £100,000.

Each year, the Trust offers around 35 one-off grants of between £500 and £1,000 for activities taking place during the summer that make a difference to children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The funding will cover up to 50% of the total cost of a scheme.

Projects need to run for at least two weeks, 10 full days or 20 half days, across the summer holidays. The preference is to fund trips that are educational and motivational or relate to the natural environment such as to the seaside or countryside.

Preference is given to:

  • Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities. Trustees prefer activities that are relatively inexpensive such as crafts and cooking, as well as outdoor activities and sport.
  • Schemes that involve a large number of children.
  • Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.

The funding cannot be used for trips that are only social such as to a theme park or cinema or to overseas projects.

Applications are now open with a deadline of 6 April 2023 (noon).


How To Apply

Applications are now open with a deadline of 6 April 2023 (noon).

An online application form will be available to complete on the Trust's website.


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