Grants are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

Current Status Open for Applications
Maximum value: £ 5,000

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for relatively small-scale projects which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark.

The Foundation aims to help children and young people reach their full potential by supporting projects which have the following objectives:

  • Encouraging independence
  • Developing team working skills
  • Developing self confidence
  • Promoting creativity and individuality
  • Encouraging aspiration
  • Enhancing educational achievement
  • Widening educational horizons

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. ‘Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.’

Who Can Apply

Schools, community groups, clubs, societies and other organisations based and working in England can apply as can individuals and groups of individuals.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects that take place in England, and ideally, each project should be within a reasonable distance of the home or workplace of one of the Trustees or (if applicable) the sponsoring Ambassador. This is to facilitate face-to-face dialogue between BlueSpark and those organising the project and to make the project “visible” to BlueSpark.

Particular consideration will be given to projects which the Trustees consider will help the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Projects which the Foundation supports include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Academic education
  • Art and design
  • Community projects
  • Debating
  • Drama
  • Educational excursions
  • Enterprise projects
  • Music
  • Public Speaking
  • Sport
  • Vocational training

The funding for a project must be crucial to the project rather than marginally incremental to its funding.

The funding can be used for:

  • Educational materials
  • Sports equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • IT equipment
  • Drama tuition
  • Music tuition
  • Art and design equipment
  • Educational training courses
  • Vocational training courses
  • Educational excursions
  • Competitions
  • Educational events
  • Seed funding for enterprise projects
  • Drama production costs

The funding can be used for a number of different things, including but not limited to:

  • Physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions).
  • Services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition).
  • Provision of experiences (such as theatre visits).

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Groups should use the online application form which is available on the BlueSpark Foundation website.

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