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.
In 2018/19 there will be 2 funding rounds:
Round 1 Stage 1 applications will open on March 26th 2018 and close on May 14th 2018.
Grant decisions will be made in July 2018
Round 2 Stage 1 applications will open on October 1st 2018 and close on November 30th 2018.
Grant decisions will be made in February 2019.
Early years’ preventative work : Projects currently being funded
Funding starting in 2018-19
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
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
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 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 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
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
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