Grant for charitable organisations undertaking projects for severely disadvantaged children and young people anywhere in the world.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the Foundation is to help small, non-religious charities to serve severely disadvantaged children anywhere in the world. In recent years, the Foundation has provided grants to organisations working on youth projects in the following categories:

  • Education.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Holidays.
  • Sport, play and leisure.
  • Support, care and respite.

Previous Success

Examples of previously funded groups include:

  • Asian Students Christian Trust
  • Bath Area Play Project
  • Brittle Bone Society
  • Cheshire Autism Practical Support
  • Disability Huntingdonshire
  • Families First St. Andrews
  • Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre
  • Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society
  • Mercia Therapy Centre
  • Peter Pan Nursery
  • Project Harar Ethiopia
  • Skipton Extended Learning for All
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK
  • St. Cyril’s Children & Youth Project

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Most grants are in the range of £3,000 to £6,000 with larger and smaller grants being the exception.

Last year, the Trustees received 421 new grant applications, of which 49 were approved. The number of new applications increased by more than 100 from the previous year.

Who Can Apply

Charitable organisations working to improve the lives of children and young people living in the UK and throughout the world may apply.

To be eligible, charities should be financially sound and should not be receiving funding from statutory bodies.


Funding is not available for religious charities.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for the benefit of children who are seriously or terminally ill, disadvantaged, underprivileged or have special needs.

Grants can range from one-off grants to project-related grants that run for two or more years.

The funding is for work that fall in the following categories:

  • Education
  • Support, care and respite
  • Holidays
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sport, play and leisure

How To Apply

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Applications should be made in writing detailing the specific purpose for which the grant is requested and should be accompanied by a copy of the organisation’s latest report and accounts.

Contact Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation for further information.

For all enquiries contact:

  • Enquiries
    The Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation
    85 Fleet Street
    EC4Y 1AE

    020 7222 7040

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