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Funding for out of hours learning - study support

Finding sources of funding

The Out of Hours Learning Team produce a funding update bulletin containing information on key schemes and funding opportunities. 

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Free online sources of funding information

Lottery Funding - this is a joint website run by all the Lottery funders in the UK which you can search for information on current funding programmes across the UK.

How 2 Fundraise – Free online resource, includes fundraising ideas, know-how and templates.

Subscription based sources

Grants 4 Schools - this subscription-based website provides information on the latest funding opportunities from the Lottery, government agencies, the European Union and Charitable Foundations.   

Fundraising for Schools - a monthly subscription-based magazine with up-to-date information on relevant trusts, charities and awarding bodies which support education and the work of schools.

Government Funding - This site is an online portal to grants for the voluntary and community sector from Local Authorities, Regional Government, Central Government, Independent Grant Administrators and European Sources

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, the arts, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

These are a few of the schemes to which schools and clubs can apply for funding or free equipment.  For information on other grants and funding streams available please refer to the Sources of Funding Information above.


Cornwall Community Foundation - supports local projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that engage local people in making their communities better places to live.


Awards for All -  Awards for All England is supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England.  Please note that as on 1st April 2009, these bodies will each be operating their own small grants schemes.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation - the Foundation is looking to fund projects that promote innovation and change in the areas of supplementary schooling and tackling school exclusion and truancy.

Big Lottery – Reaching Communities - funds projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference. Projects can be new or existing activities, or be the core work of your organisation.

BBC Children in Need - Grants - provides grants for up to three years to properly constituted not for profit organisations working with disadvantaged young people aged 18 or under.

Hilton Foundation - Focusing on children and young people, the Foundation supports activities in education and health to relieve suffering and equip individuals


First Light - First Light Movies provides grants to projects that enable young people to participate in all aspects of film productions.  The funding is available to organisations such as schools, youth services, community and voluntary groups that work with young people aged between 5 and 18.

Youth Music - Grants will be available to support projects that provide structured, regular and progressive music-making activities for children and young people.

Sports equipment/activities

Football Foundation - the Foundation offer a range of grants for which schools and community football clubs can apply.   

LordsTaverners - the Lord's Taverners provide free cricket equipment bags to any club or school which meets the criteria in their application form. Visit their website to apply.

Sport England – includes small grants, sportsmatch.

Cash 4 Clubs - Sports clubs that are registered with their sport's national governing body or local authority can apply for grants improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust - supports projects which allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors.  The trust usually supports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applications from individuals.