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Early years' preventative work in England and Wales

The Trust is looking to support work which will improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work.

We are looking to support work with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds in England and Wales which will specifically:

  • improve the reach to these targeted groups


  • bring about improved defined outcomes for these targeted groups

We will be looking for proposals which:

  • Have defined outcomes built in with clear measurement tools and evaluation procedures in place
  • Have the flexibility to adapt to changing external factors
  • Have wide application or which have relevance for specific groups
  • Look to build on existing good practice or to trial new work

Successful organisations must be prepared to share learning from the funded work with other organisations, to increase the impact

Who can apply

Charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales

Duration and size of grants

Grants may be awarded for 1, 2 or 3 years.

There is no minimum grant size and the maximum will be £50,000 per annum.

The Trust is happy to consider complete or partial funding and accepts overheads as part of a budget.

Application dates

There will be 2 applications periods in 2019/20:

Round 1 : Stage 1 application can be submitted between  March 26th and May 14th 2019, with grants for successful applicants being made in July 2019.

Round 2 : Stage 1 applications can be submitted between October 1st and November 29th 2019 , with grants for successful applicants being made in February 2020


Early years’ preventative work : Projects currently being funded

 Funding starting in 2018-19

 Home-Start UK

This grant will enable Home-Start UK to research and evaluate the peri-inatal mental health interventions being offered through the Home-Start network. This will lead on to guidelines of good practice and training to improve support that all Home-Starts are able to give to families where there are peri-natal mental issues. Total funding over 2 years £99,495

The Charnwood Trust

The Charnwood Trust runs 2 small nurseries in Stockport for those children eligible for the 2 year old offer. This funding will enable them to employ a Nursery School Learning Mentor to provide the essential link between home and nursery. Total funding over 2 years £45,100

Shepherds Bush Families Project

This grant will fund the Parent and Infant Relational Group run by this charity whose activities are dedicated to meet the needs of local families living in uncertain or unsuitable accommodation. The group is a drop in for parent and babies from birth to 1 year. Run by qualified psychotherapists, it provides a preventative intervention as parents are supported to understand their babies’ needs. Total funding over 2 years £42,924


This grant is a contribution to a national study, the E-PAtS programme, looking at early interventions which will support families where there is a diagnosis of a learning disability, Specifically it will be used to help fund the feasibility study in Barnet. 1 year grant £10,200

Bristol Refugee Rights

A grant to help meet the costs of their early years’ work with children 0-3 attending the Early Years Project. 1 year grant £5,000

Funding starting in 2017-18

 Cued Speech Association UK  is being funded to enable it to make a step change in the range of its activities and the number of people who are aware of this system of enhanced lip reading for those who are deaf or hearing impaired, based on phonetics. The funding is targeted at families with a 0-3 year old enabling the parents to communicate with their babies and infants in their mother tongue as soon as a diagnosis of hearing loss is made. Total grant over 3 years £192,000

 School-Home Support

This grant will fund a pilot project: ‘Ready for Nursery: Ready for Learning’. It will be based on the Holmes Wood Estate in Bradford and will be offered to parents as they register their children for nursery school. The emphasis will be on giving parents the knowledge, tools and strategies they need to support their child’s readiness for learning. Over 3 years the aim is to work with 500 families. Total funding over 3 years: £135,610

 Prisoners’ Advice and Care Trust

‘Visiting Mums: 0-3 year olds’. This project will enable the Prisoners Advice and Care Trust (Pact) to fund a specialist Family Engagement Worker at the women’s prison, Eastwood Park. This is to improve the number and quality of the visits of babies and infants to their Mums being held in prison. The project will also inform learning across the prison estate where Pact has a presence and will work to raise national awareness of the needs of very young children with a parent in prison. Total grant over 3 years: £127,444


This grant will enable the Barnados team working in Swansea to expand their services to offer specialist support to young care leavers who are expecting a baby or who are young parents. This group of young people are statistically more likely to experience early pregnancy and have a much increased incidence of being involved in care proceedings for their children. The grant will provide intensive support as early as possible for the parents and baby, helping parents to become nurturing, confident and resilient. Total funding over 3 years: £122,874

Child Dynamix

This charity offers services to children, young people and families in Hull including nursery provision. The grant will allow ChildDynamix to recruit a specialist Family Support Worker. They will have responsibility for leading the work with the youngest children, looking to start supporting families, identified as vulnerable, in pregnancy and then through to nursery with the aim of reducing the adverse circumstances and poor outcomes for many children in the area. Total grant over 3 years: £105,405

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is being funded to make significant amendments to its resources, quality assurance mark and On Track monitoring system to help improve its member organisations’ awareness of the needs of the youngest children caught up in situations of domestic abuse and violence. Total grant over 2 years £100,000

Wild Young Parents Project

This charity, which operates across Cornwall, is being funded to develop its work with teenage parents enabling them to better nurture their babies and infants identified as having specific needs. The funding will enable the development of an assessment tool, the employment of 3 key workers and training for all staff. Total funding over 3 years £98,512

Home-Start Slough

Home-Start Slough is being included as an early intervention agency by the newly formed Slough Children’s Trust, which runs Slough Children’s Services. The project will be an opportunity for Slough Home-Start to have a meaningful impact on vulnerable families with babies and infants, working alongside statutory agencies, by offering a more flexible and responsive service than statutory agencies alone can offer. The overall aim is to provide a better environment for children and reduce the number of escalations into statutory interventions. Total grant over 2 years: £50,400


‘Mindmate Early Years’ will enable this community charity based in Leeds to run mental wellbeing courses for vulnerable families with children aged 0-3. The courses will be offered at Children’s Centres and other community venues. Total grant over 2 years: £31,329

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

This project will design and deliver a training course on outdoor play for playgroup leaders, nursery school teachers and childminders, as well as developing resources which will be free to use. The aim is to significantly increase the number of young children in the area regularly playing outside. 1 year project: £28,644


Treyla is a local Cornish charity working exclusively on the Treneere estate in East Penzance. This grant will help pay the costs of the nursery it runs which offers funded places to local children. The grant also includes an element to allow Treyla to take a strategic look at the overall offer it is making in early years’ preventative work. 1 year grant £17,376

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales

This centre in Wales uses integrated therapies to improve the outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. The grant awarded will contribute towards the development of their new early intervention programme, working with children from term to 2 ½ years to maximise the child’s potential before unhelpful habits and patterns have started. Total grant over 2 years: £15,000

 GAP Project

The GAP Project is a local charity serving the Thanet area and based in Broadstairs, Kent. The grant will provide funding for existing family support services including baby groups, infant groups, coffee mornings and one to one support work for families. Total grant over 2 years: £13,499.20

Northern Ballet

This grant will pay the costs of taking dance workshops into nursery schools in the Leeds area Total grant over 3 years £6,000

Funding starting in 2016-17

The Cedarwood Trust’s ‘Wor Bairns’ project is offering a whole range of activities designed to improve the outcomes for babies and infants on the Meadow Well estate in North Shields. Total grant over 3 years £121,187

Groundwork East’s ‘Wellies in the Woods’ project is delivering courses on wild play within children’s centres across the east of England and is also running training for childrens’ centre staff so that they have the skills and confidence to include more wild play in their regular activities. Total grant over 3 years £55,332

 Crossroads Derbyshire, a charity supporting women and children who are subject to domestic abuse, has been funded to improve their play areas for young children in their refuge and for staff training on the impact of domestic abuse on babies and infants. Total grant over 3 years £26,615





Breaking down Barriers



Breaking down Barriers: supporting and informing families and communities affected by genetic conditions, with a particular focus on autosomal recessive conditions

Breaking down Barriers is the Trust’s programme to enable organisations supporting families with genetic disorders, with a particular focus on autosomal recessive conditions, to reach out more effectively to those communities that are particularly at risk but currently underserved.

Alstom Syndrome UK, previously funded by the Trust for its work to reach more people from South Asian communities, is providing the management for Breaking down Barriers. This is initially a 5 year funded programme. The following patient organisations are currently members sharing experiences and expertise to improve their capacity to reach those communities at increased risk of inheriting genetic conditions:

  • AKU
  • Alstrom Syndrome UK
  • Bardet Biedl Syndrome UK
  • Ectodermal Dysplasia Society
  • Ehlers Danlos Support UK
  • Firvale Community Hub, Sheffield
  • The Haemochromatosis Society
  • Huntington’s Disease Association
  • Jnetics
  • Luton Parent Carers Forum
  • MACS
  • Niemann Pick UK
  • Sickle Cell Society
  • Wolfram Syndrome

Outcomes sought from this programme:

  • Increased awareness of cultural issues amongst patient organisations, support groups and medical professionals
  • Patient organisations and support groups, existing and new, better equipped to support diverse communities and those not able to express their needs directly
  • Improvements in services and practices that are fully integrated into patient organisations
  • Families reporting that they feel better supported
  • Educated patient groups who are better able to manage their condition effectively and lead a better quality of life
  • Empowered patient groups who know of the reproductive options available to them and the consequence of carrier status
  • Increased participation in genetic counselling and increased diagnosis
  • Improved general awareness of genetic conditions
  • Comprehensive guidelines produced to help break down the barriers experienced by families and which can be used throughout a range of different services

The long term aim of Breaking down Barriers is to see fewer children born with genetic disorders, in particular autosomal recessive conditions, in those families and communities most at risk. To help achieve this Breaking down Barriers seeks to include more patient organisations and a wider audience.

Application Process

If your organisation is interested in knowing more about Breaking down Barriers, and potentially being involved, please send an initial email of interest to You can find out more at

NB Because of the way this programme is being managed, the Trust is not accepting applications to fund separate initiatives in this area of concern.

Development work in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

A very limited amount of funding will be made available for development work in  Tanzania and Uganda. It will allocated to organisations and work that the Trust already supports.

Application process

No applications are currently being accepted.