South Church Educational Fund

What We Do

The South Church Educational Fund provides grants to support the education of young people under the age of 25 in the former District of Wear Valley. We define education broadly to include pre-school, school, academic studies, vocational training and employment skills.

We usually offer grants of up to £1,000 to not-for-profit organisations to run educational projects, but for a limited time until 31 December 2021 applicants can apply for up to £5,000.

Grant Criteria

We provide grants to schools, playgroups, other early childhood education services or youth groups working with young people under the age of 25 to:

  • Run educational projects to support young people who are financially disadvantaged, have special educational needs, have a disability, have mental health issues or are otherwise marginalised. This can include the adaptation or provision of buildings and equipment.
  • Enable existing educational activities to become more inclusive for young people who are financially disadvantaged, have special educational needs, have a disability, have mental health issues or are otherwise marginalised. This can include the adaptation or provision of buildings and equipment.

To be eligible groups must be supporting young people under the age of 25 who live in the former District of Wear Valley.

Our funding must not be a substitute for usual state education finance, but it can supplement it.

Who Can Apply 

UK registered charities with an annual income of between £5,000 and £750,000, and at least three years of continuous accounts.

UK based and state funded schools, academies, colleges and other educational establishments regardless of their income size.

Organisations should be directly involved in the provision of the project activities. We do not fund organisations whose primary purpose is fundraising.

To discuss your project and its eligibility further please email grants@bfss.org.uk