Wooden Spoon Charity

Grant Sources

Grants are available for organisations that are working to support disadvantaged and disabled children in the UK.

Objectives of Fund

Wooden Spoon’s objective is to make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people through its commitment to quality charitable work throughout the UK.

Value Notes

Around 70 projects are funded each year.

There is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level. However, it is unlikely that a project of a physical nature that is under £5,000 will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify.

In exceptional cases a project spend of less than £5,000 may be approved if it can be shown that without Wooden Spoon’s grant the project would not go ahead or if the making of the grant would result in the Region concerned being able to leverage substantial additional support or publicity for Wooden Spoon in the area.

Match Funding Restrictions

Wooden Spoon’s contribution may be up to 100% of the cost, though beneficiary organisations should be encouraged, where practicable, to raise a proportion themselves.

Who Can Apply

Organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply.

Wooden Spoon can only make grants to organisations with a legal status. For example; schools, charities, and private members clubs.

Applications from groups working in partnership are eligible but one organisation must take the lead for the application and be the primary beneficiary and point of contact.


Funding is not normally available for the following:

  • Computers and electronic equipment.
  • Minibus or similar vehicle projects.
  • Revenue expenditure.
  • Salaries, administration costs, professional fees and on-going overheads related to a capital project.

Eligible Expenditure

Wooden Spoon supports projects which will benefit children and young people under 25 years of age who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.  Projects must normally be of a capital nature, with a reasonably long-term prospective lifetime.

The funding is for projects that address the following areas:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sensory rooms and gardens
  • Specialist equipment and facilities
  • Playgrounds and outdoor activities
  • Education projects

If a project is a physical, tangible asset of a permanent nature, the following must apply:

  • It must have a minimum predicted life span of five years (preferably ten), be non-transferable and of a permanent nature. Special consideration may be given to funding life-enhancing/medical equipment if it can be shown that the useable life of such equipment is likely to be at least five years.
  • Grants will not be considered for salaries, administration costs, professional fees and on-going overheads related to a capital project.

If a project is educational or disability sports-focused, the following must apply:

  • There must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people.
  • It must have a clearly-defined brief detailing the project’s need and objectives; stakeholders; description of participants (age, gender, geography); recruitment of participants; project activity and budget; legacy planning; monitoring and evaluation and mechanism for reporting to Wooden Spoon.
  • Grants will be considered for kit and equipment, salaries and administration costs.

Projects must:

  • Enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
  • Work directly with children and young people and have a positive influence on their lives as a result of the activities or service provided.
  • Benefit those located in the UK or Ireland.
  • Support a group.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time and application forms are available on request.

Useful Links

Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon Grants


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