Grants for Schools in Devon 2023/24

Alice McCosh Trust
Grants related to natural history or the environment. This could include school field trips or the development of new teaching materials.

Alpkit Foundation
Small grants for projects to encourage outdoor activities

Amory – Viscount Amory’s Charitable Trust
A Devon charitable trust which makes grants to benefit the people of Devon including young people and projects to advance education.

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust
To help disadvantaged young people to take up opportunities to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors and outdoor activities.

Armed Forces Covenant Trust
Grant programmes to support armed forces families and communities including an Early Years programme

Arts Council England: National Lottery Project Grants
For projects that directly create and deliver high-quality creative and cultural activity and content. Public engagement is important.

Awards for Young Musicians
To support music-making by talented young musicians aged five to 17 from low-income families. Music teachers can apply on behalf of pupils.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
Grants for the care and relief of those affected by learning disabilities. Grants for schools can only be made for extra-curricular activities.

BBC Children in Need
Special schools can apply for grants for projects that will make a difference to the lives of children and young people facing disadvantage

Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired
For projects to advance the education of children and young people, particularly those with a hearing impairment

Bluespark Foundation
For projects to improve the education and development of children and young people particularly through activities to build self-confidence, team working skills and future employability.

British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants
For projects that promote ecological science to a wide audience. All projects must provide a clear demonstration of direct interaction with the public.

British & Foreign School Society
For work that aims to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of Young Carers and Care Experienced Young People. Schools can apply but must demonstrate a network effect beyond one individual school.

British Science Week – Kickstart Fund for Schools
To enable schools in challenging circumstances to organise and host events during British Science Week in order to widen access to science, engineering and technology.

Classical Association
Grants to support the teaching and learning of classical subjects and to increase access and widen participation in classics

Clinton – Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust
Email: or Tel: 01392 443881
The trust makes small grants for charitable purposes. Schools in North and East Devon and special schools can apply for small grants.

Condition Improvement Fund
Capital funding for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools to improve and transform buildings and facilities (Apply by 14 Dec 2023)

Daiwa Foundation Awards
For innovative, collaborative projects between institutions/organisations based in the UK and Japan that produce tangible long-term outcomes.

Devon PCC Safer Communities Grants
For projects and activities that aim to reduce violence, anti-social behaviour, drug use and support victims of crime (apply by 8 Nov 23)

DfE: Senior Mental Health Lead Training
Funding for quality-assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing

DfE: Trust Capacity Fund
To help trusts develop their capacity to grow: this includes support for schools to convert to academy status and support for existing trusts to take on new schools. Annual programme.

Emergency School Improvement Fund
A grant to support schools facing unexpected or imminent failure.

Football Foundation
Grants for large-scale projects – pitches, changing rooms etc. as well as small projects – goalposts, fencing. Schools can apply if they provide facilities for the community.

Foyle Foundation
Grants to support the arts and learning. Mainstream schools can apply but must demonstrate why their project cannot be funded from statutory sources.

Foyle Foundation: School Libraries Scheme
Grants for schools to buy books and other resources to enhance their school library

Garfield Weston Foundation
Grants to support education can be given for local projects such as reading schemes and after-school clubs. Schools that are either exempt under Charity Commission guidelines or are registered charities can apply.

Gibbons Family Trust
To assist children and young people under the age of 25 that live in Devon (with a preference for East Devon) including education, training and recreation

Happy Days Children’s Charity
SEN schools can apply for grants towards day trips, theatre visits and group activity holidays for young people aged 3 to 17 with additional needs.

Hargreaves Foundation
Projects to support young people who are under 18 and living with a mental health condition, disability, or growing up in poverty. This can include grants to help disadvantaged or disabled pupils to participate in extra-curricular school activities.

Heathcoat Trust
Email: or Tel: 01884 244296
Most grants are for organisations in Tiverton and its surrounds – the priorities include education and training. Small grants may be awarded to schools in Mid Devon.

Henry Smith Charity: Holiday Grants for Children
To provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities. Priority is given to the most deprived areas.

Institute of Mathematics: Education Grant Scheme
Grants up to £600 towards the costs of running an educational activity relating to mathematics

Kellogg’s: Grants for Schools
You can apply for a grant of £1,000 to help fund your school breakfast club

Learning through Landscapes: Local School Nature Grants
Fully-funded staff training and £500 of outdoor-learning equipment for schools and early-years settings.

Linnean Society: Our Local Nature
Schools can apply for up to £1,000 to increase access to natural spaces and improve understanding of the local biodiversity

LoveReading4Kids Funding for Schools
Schools can apply for up to £5,000 to buy books, with a specific focus on reading for pleasure.

Million Hours Fund
Funding to provide extra support to young people in areas where they may be at risk of anti-social behaviour. This funding is only available in specific areas including wards in Exeter, Exmouth, Newton Abbot & Barnstaple. (Apply by 24 Nov 23)

Music for All
For projects that bring music to the community

National Education Nature Park
Includes an overview of grants and funding available to schools for nature education activities

National Lottery Awards for All
Grants up to £10,000 for projects that bring people together, improve places, support vulnerable people and help people to reach their potential. Schools can apply as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school.

National Lottery Community Fund: Partnerships
For organisations working in partnership to help their community to thrive.

National Lottery Community Fund: Reaching Communities
For projects that help people to make positive changes in their community. Schools can apply for revenue and capital funding to bring about improved health and wellbeing, participation and inclusion, skills and life chances for the school community.

Nineveh Charitable Trust
For projects relating to health, welfare and education, particularly those that promote a better understanding of the countryside, including agriculture, ecology and conservation.

Norman Family Charitable Trust
A local trust that prioritises funding for local state schools, particularly in East Devon and Exeter. Grants can be made for specific projects that will directly benefit the children of that school.

Ogden Trust
Grants for school projects and partnerships that support the teaching and learning of physics.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Teacher Development Fund
Support for sustainable arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in primary schools

Persimmon Community Champions
Donations of up to £6,000 for projects that make a difference in local communities where Persimmon has a presence

Royal Society: Partnership Grants
Grants up to £3,000 for schools to run investigative STEM projects in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry

Primary and secondary schools can apply for grants for marine conservation activities in the UK.

South West Water Community Grants
Small grants for projects that benefit the community and the environment, including projects that help to save water

Sport England
Grants for projects that get more people involved in sports and physical activity. Schools using their facilities for wider community benefit can apply.

Tesco Stronger Starts
Schools can apply for grants up to £1,500 to provide healthy food and activities that boost young people’s mental and physical wellbeing. Tesco customers vote in-store for their favourite local project.

Trust Establishment and Growth Fund
To support the creation of a new multi-academy trust (MAT) or to expand an existing MAT into a new area (Apply by 1 Feb 2024)

Turing Scheme
The UK international education programme. Schools can send pupils to take part in two types of placements abroad: short-term placements for pupils of any age; long-term placements for pupils aged at least 14. Annual scheme.

UK-German Connection
Grants for joint activities, partnerships and cultural exchanges between schools and youth groups in the UK and Germany

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation
Grants to support access to music for schools, students, and teachers by supporting the purchase of musical instruments and equipment

Variety: Equipment grants for children
Equipment grants for mobility, independence and social inclusion for children with a recognised disability or long-term health condition. SEND and mainstream schools can apply.

Wolfson Foundation
State-funded secondary schools and sixth form colleges can apply for capital grants to improve the teaching of science, computer science, design & technology, art, languages, music and performing arts.
Special needs schools and colleges can apply for capital grants to help pupils to develop skills which would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college.

Wooden Spoon Charity
Grants for projects that enhance and support the lives of children and young people who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charity
Grants for projects that use IT to support education, inclusion, public understanding or the use of IT by charities.