Our grant making is guided by three main themes
Since its formation in 1992, the Foundation has aimed to make a positive and lasting change to the lives of children and young people. Cherishing Children is still our largest focus area, although today our work stretches across three main themes:
- Cherishing Children
- Combating Cancer
- Supporting Hospices
Every year hundreds of smaller one-off grants are made, helping hundreds of charities in the UK and abroad. We also make significant multi-year grants to some charities, covering salaries or the cost of a specific project in order to give the charity greater stability.
As part of our focus on young people, we also launched the national Sport for Good programme in 2012. The programme harnesses the power of sport to reach into the lives of young people in areas of high depravation or strategic need. You can find out more about the programme here.
Approximately 80% of the money raised goes to supporting UK charities, with the remaining 20% being allocated to charities overseas, particularly those helping children and young people to escape poverty, malnutrition and neglect.
Cherishing the Children
This is our largest theme and is aimed at supporting disadvantaged and disabled young people under the age of 25.
Small grants of up to £10,000 are available to UK Registered Charities with an annual income of up to £1,000,000 (this income restriction does not apply to Special Needs Schools or Mainstream Schools with a Special Needs Unit). A small number of major grants are also available to UK Registered Charities with an annual income of up to £9 million.
Who do we support?
We work with charities working with young people under the age of 25 in a number of areas, including:
- Young people with physical or mental health difficulties or life threatening or degenerative conditions
- Young carers
- Young people who are socially or economically disadvantaged
How do we help?
Our grants can help in a number of ways, including:
- Grants for buying small capital items
- Support for staff working directly or hands on with beneficiaries
- Support for projects of direct benefit to beneficiaries