DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – Central Grants

Grant Sources

Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects that make a real difference to those most in need and which focus on children and young people with disabilities, who are sick in hospital or who are life limited.

Maximum value:  £30,000

Objectives of Fund

The Central Grants scheme is intended to support registered charities that work with disadvantaged children and young people. The scheme aims to help young people gain skills through education projects and relieve suffering through health-related projects.

Value Notes

This is a highly competitive fund with only 21% of requests funded (61 grants) last year.

There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grants of up to £30,000 are available.

Grants can be awarded for medium to long-term projects (ie over one year) or for one-off causes. A maximum limit of two years of support can be provided.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not specified in the guidelines.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities in the UK and Ireland that are working with disadvantaged children and young people (babies to 25 years) that are considered to be most in need can apply.

Charities must work directly with the young people or provide facilities for their direct benefit.

To be eligible, applicants should have the following:

  • An income of below £2 million.
  • Management and administration costs (including fundraising costs) of 30% or less of their annual expenditure.
  • Be registered with either the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the OSCR in Scotland or the Irish Charity Register for a period of at least 12 months before the Foundation can consider awarding funding.
  • Completed their reporting (eg annual return) to these monitoring bodies.

The Foundation will prioritise support to charities that demonstrate community involvement and volunteering opportunities as part of their working practices.

Although reapplications will be considered unsuccessful applicants must wait for at least 12 months from the date of their rejection letter and grant recipients must wait three years before reapplying.


The Foundation does not support the following:

  • Applicants whose projects do not fit one of the four core themes: disabled children, children in hospital, homelessness, life-limited children.
  • Organisations which are not registered charities.
  • Charities which have:
    • An income above £2 million (except hospices).
    • Been registered for under 12 months.
    • Present financial information which is incomplete or out of date.
    • Management and administration costs (including fundraising costs) above 30% of their annual expenditure.
  • Projects and organisations outside the UK or Ireland.
  • Funding requests over £30,000.
  • Requests solely for day-to-day administrative running costs (rent, lighting, heat, etc.).
  • Requests solely for staff salaries or other staff costs.
  • Where outcomes are unclear or where the grant will not make an impact.
  • Requests by individuals.
  • General donations.
  • Fundraising events or other fundraising costs.
  • Work with adults.
  • Medical research, individual medical treatment.
  • Capital appeals to a general fund or construction of new buildings.
  • Overseas expeditions or exchange programmes.
  • Training or conferences for professionals or staff, such as teacher training, parenting training.
  • Loans.
  • Work which excludes some faith groups.
  • Work with only boys or only girls.

Unsuccessful applicants are asked not to reapply for at least 12 months from the date of their rejection letter. Successful applicants are asked to wait three years before reapplying.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation makes grants to a wide range of charities supporting children and young people up to the age of 25 that meet one of its chosen areas of focus:

  • Young People and Education – The Foundation is investing in the future by supporting young people in the vital areas of education, awareness and training. Through targeted grant giving the Foundation aims to facilitate a better future for young people by supporting local charities. Education funding generally will be given for training/re-training, educational equipment, activity-based learning leading to accreditation and sports equipment.
  • Young People and Health – The Foundation is committed to relieving suffering and supporting young people whilst they are undergoing treatment and care. Health funding generally will be given for medical equipment, care facilities, activity based holidays, proactive health awareness campaigns and hospices.

The Foundation has a particular strategic focus on:

  • Children and young people with disabilities.
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital.
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and capital costs. Outright funding for salaries will not be considered. Grants can be awarded for refurbishment and equipment, but not for capital appeals or a new construction.

The Foundation funds projects working towards accreditation or recognised qualifications for young people. This does not include teacher training. The Foundation prefers to support training programmes working directly with the young people, where they will work towards an accreditation.

How To Apply

The 2017 application deadlines are as follows:

  • 7 February 2017.
  • 9 May 2017.
  • 25 July 2017
  • 10 October 2017.

Guidance notes and application forms are available to download from the Foundation’s website. An electronic copy and a hard copy of the application should be submitted along with the supporting information outlined in the guidelines.

Applications are first assessed by the Foundation office, with a shortlist of approximately 20 of the strongest and regionally representative applications put forward for consideration by the Grants Committee.


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
179-199 Holland Park Avenue
W11 4UL

Tel:020 7605 7733


Weblink:  DM Thomas Grants

Other grant opportunities ending soon can be found by clicking on the names of the funders below:-

Rosa Launches Voices from the Front Line Grants Scheme – ending 15th June 2017

LIFE Programme – Call for Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA) – ending 15th June 2017

European Union – Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue – ending 15th June 2017

M&S Energy – Community Energy Fund Competition Open to Applications (GB) – ending 23rd June 2017

Greggs Foundation – Local Community Projects Fund – ending 24th June 2017

Ministry of Defence – Covenant Fund Small Grants – ending 26th June 2017

EaSI Progress Programme – ending 30th June 2017

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