Our grant funds
We support organisations running projects to maximise educational opportunity for children and young people
The BFSS supports charitable organisations running UK and International projects to improve access to education or the quality of education for children and young people under the age of 25, from marginalised or low-income communities or displaced by conflict. In the UK we also support education projects for those who have caring responsibilities or experience of living in care.
Funding is available for new or pilot projects and BFSS will fund between 25% to 100% of the total project costs, but will give preference to projects with some degree of matched funding. Annual grant payments cannot exceed 50% of an organisation’s 3-year average income.
We award approximately £900,000 in new grants every year. Find out more about the Main Fund, which supports UK and International projects.
The BFSS also offers a small number of specific grants for organisations and individuals through its Subsidiary Trusts.
By partnering with like-minded trusts and foundations, we support more projects that provide life-changing educational opportunities.
Current Main Fund grant holders
Find out about our reporting requirements, what to do if you need to redirect your resources and staff if circumstances change, as well as how and when you can apply for further funding.
BFSS does not usually fund:
Services which are available through the state-sponsored education system (including the Pupil Premium); existing projects, summer camps; bursaries or scholarships; expeditions, volunteering trips and conferences; international travel; projects where salaries, transport or running costs are the main expense.
How to apply to our Main Fund
Initial applicants need to submit a short Stage 1 application. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal.
Stage 2 applications that are shortlisted will be reviewed by the Grants Committee which decides which applications are funded.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with the Grants Committee meeting on a regular basis throughout the year.