Grants for Charities

Charities should contact us by email at if they feel that the work they do is relevant to our mission - which is to alleviate the impact of child poverty across London. Charities are advised not to send speculative letters or emails to us requesting a donation as these will not be replied to.  

We do not make grants directly. We typically work with small grassroots charities to embrace digital fundraising by matchfunding individual donor's gifts.   

There are two funding rounds each year; in December, via The Christmas Give campaign and June, via our Summer Give campaign. We make grants through both of these campaigns that are facilitated by our platform partner The Big Give.

Please contact us at to arrange an initial chat and eligibility check. Once accepted onto a campaign with us, we will help you to aim for the right amount and support you to market your project effectively in the run up to the campaign.

The campaign application windows are June for December and January for May each year.

Please read our Grant-Making Policy prior to submitting your application via the Big Give. 

“The match funding of The Childhood Trust was the biggest financial impact in our project.” Gokhan Omur, Senior Fundraiser, Axis Educational Trust 

Charities: Please do not write to us speculatively for a donation

Instead contact our chief executive by email to check your suitability to participate in one or more of our fundraising opportunities.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge in partnership with The Childhood Trust

What?  An online match funding campaign for charities supporting disadvantaged children and young people. Charities should apply that have clearly defined projects that have an existing supporter base, an appetite to engage with us and with the general public.  You will also require an active and engaged trustee board or major donors who are prepared to make pledges to kickstart the project. Projects to date have raised £4,000 - £100,000+ using our match funding to work alongside their own pledges, to generate new online donors via the time-limited challenge.

When? The Christmas Challenge 2019 will run from midday #GivingTuesday 27th November – midday Tuesday 4th December. Click the link below to apply via your charity account or to register to apply. Find out more at;

How? To discuss the scope & scale of your project, please contact

The Childhood Trust Summer Give 

What? The Summer Give is a popular matched giving fundraising campaign focused on raising funds to help support disadvantaged children during the school summer holidays. The 2018 Summer Give raised £1,002,451 for 47 charities. 


  • Charities that are supporting disadvantaged children in London during the school holidays. This must include the provision of activities and healthy food.
  • Charities seeking to raise between £4,000 and £100,000 towards a specific project.
  • UK-registered charities which have a Charity Commission number or tax-exempt status with at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of £25,000 or more (as per last filed accounts).
  • Charities which are registered on (free to register).
  • Charities which are willing to incorporate online giving and social media into their organisation and be prepared to ask supporters, trustees and volunteers to get involved.

Term time providers are welcome to apply providing the funding will genuinely extend provision into the school holidays and be targeted at engaging disadvantaged children. Projects can be any size but the average funding achieved is likely to be around £30,000.

When? The next Summer Give 2019 campaign will run for 1 week, starting on Monday 10th June and closing on Monday 17th June 2019.    

How? To take part please register now with our online partners The Big Give here and contact for further information and to check your eligibility.

For further information please read the Summer Give Guidebook here

Applications open to be announced. You must log in to your BigGive.Org charity account on the Big Give and apply by clicking the ‘Apply for Summer Give’ button.

Please note that there are 2 stages to the application process.

  • Application stage 1: Completion of the online application form. Applications  to participate open January 2019. 
  • Application stage 2: Collect pledges (promises of funding) from your major donors. These Pledges form part of your matching pot. 

The Small Print

The Childhood Trust helps to alleviate child poverty in London for charities, community groups and social enterprises with proven and effective projects tackling the practical, emotional and inspirational needs of children aged 4-18. If we fund a project, we would like to be credited in your Annual Report and on your website. We will provide a copy of our logo for this purpose. We will ensure than any reporting requirements are not onerous and if invited to participate in an Impact Assessment Project, you can be assured that the resulting data will be shared with you and that it will assist you in creating more sustainable income from future donors.

What we do not support:

  • We do not fund activities which are aimed at services provided by the state
  • We do not fund religious groups
  • We do not offer direct grants other than through the regular fundraising programmes that we curate.
  • We do not sponsor individuals or fund events
  • We do not fund capital costs