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.
Please note: there have been 2 funding rounds in 2017/8 and both are now completed
Information on any opportunities to apply for funding in 2018/19 will be posted on this website in March 2018
Early years’ preventative work funded in 2016-17
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
This project is funding an extension of a successful pilot to support the psychological needs of high risk babies and parents in the non-stigmatising setting of baby drop-in groups in children’s centres in Luton. The groups will be open to all but are designed to target the hard to reach in areas of high deprivation. The work will focus on the development of the skills of the early year’s workforce in the children’s centres so that they can effectively support the attachment between vulnerable parents and infants that attend their centres, helping to provide infants with the best possible support during this crucial stage of their life.
1 year’s funding: £21,508
The Cedarwood Trust
‘Wor Bairns’ is being run by this community charity on the Meadow Well estate in North Shields. The 3 year project is working to improve the outcomes of local 0-3 year olds through an emphasis on encouraging and working with parents on positive parenting. Activities include antenatal work, baby feeding and massage and play activities.
3 years’ funding. Total grant over 3 years: £124,031
This domestic refuge, specifically run for young women, will use the Trust’s grant to enhance the prospects for the babies and infants who come into the refuge with their mothers. The grant will be used to improve the facilities for the children, especially the outdoor play area; for a specialist children’s officer and for relevant training for the staff team.
3 years’ funding. Total grant over 3 years: £31,659
Cued Speech Association UK
To overcome the barriers to literacy that many deaf children face, this project will be supporting the work of the Cued Speech Association UK to make much more widely known and available the Cued Speech method of communication which enhances lip reading through 8 handshapes in 4 positions, near the mouth. The specific aim of the project is to ensure that the professionals involved with and the parents of babies and infants diagnosed as hearing impaired have the information and training available to choose and use Cued Speech. This will enable even the youngest babies to lay down the same sorts of home language development ( i.e. English for most children) as hearing children in the critical early months and years of brain development.
3 years’ funding. Total grant over 3 years: £150,000
‘Wellies in the Woods’ is a three year project, delivered in four counties in the East of England, which involves working with children’s centres to enhance the confidence and skills of the centre staff and the parents of the children attending, so that children get more time playing outside in natural spaces. It will also involve training for the children’s centre’s lead agencies as well as other Groundwork regions, to spread the learning and expertise of the project, and disseminate the training materials that will be produced.
3 years’ funding. Total grant over 3 years: £49,332
Home-Start Hertfordshire is being funded to trial a specialist Home-Start service using specifically trained volunteers to support mothers, both before and after birth, identified as being at risk of and suffering from peri-natal depression and anxiety. This trial will be independently assessed for potential extension and expansion.
18 months’ funding. Total grant over 18 months: £72,279
A grant has been made to help fund Northern Ballet’s children’s centre project which works with 2-3 years olds in the most disadvantaged areas of Leeds – using movement and creative play, to increase the children’s social, language and cognitive abilities through engaging imaginatively with a well-known, accessible story. The funding will also support the Big Dance events at the end of each series of workshops.
3 years’ funding. Total grant over 3 years: £6,000
Wild Young Parents Project
Working across Cornwall, ‘First Steps’ will develop an assessment tool to identify specific risks facing the babies and infants of the teenage parents that this organisation supports. Three keyworkers will then champion those children identified as having specific needs, as well as training crèche workers to deliver specific support. Parents will be helped to understand attachment and early development, be offered activities to help with the development of their babies, as well as being helped to make links with appropriate support agencies.
3 years’ funding. Total grant over 3 years: £98,512
Women’s Aid, the grassroots federation of more than 200 member organisations providing life-saving services for women and children facing domestic abuse and violence, is being funded for new work to enhance the prospects of babies and infants in such situations. This will be done through offering training, networking opportunities and resources, focussed on the needs of these babies and infants, to all member organisations and through the inclusion of specific targets in the Women’s Aid’s Quality Assurance Mark.
2 years’ funding. Total grant over 2 years: £100,000