Grants for Charities

The Childhood Trust supports child-focused charities in London to run fundraising campaigns and leverages match-funding for the funds raised.

**The Christmas Challenge 2020 is now open for applications!**

To start your application, please register/login via The Big Give's website. The deadline is 5pm on 3rd July. 

About the campaigns

We work in partnership with The Big Give to run two match-funding campaigns each year:

For both campaigns, we are looking for charities running projects with children and young people from low income families based in London.

The campaigns both use the Big Give’s match-funding model and application process, with the match funding coming from The Childhood Trust in form of a grant. Reporting is required on the funds raised.

The results of our most recent campaigns will be uploaded shortly - watch this space!


The Summer Give is changing!

The Summer Give has historically supported charities running projects during the summer holidays. However, in 2020, we will be expanding the campaign to support projects taking place through any of the school holidays across the year (Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms).

Capacity Building

In addition to the matched funds, The Childhood Trust builds charities’ capacity to run successful fundraising campaigns with:

  • Workshops on how to run a successful fundraising campaign, including topics such as how to formulate your campaign messaging and how to use social media effectively
  • One-to-one support on any aspect of the campaign
  • Connections with other charities working with children and young people across London 
  • Raised profile and visibility through broader campaigns, events and other activities to raise awareness of the issues around child poverty and drive traffic to the charities


We also request our charity partners' participation in our other programmes, such as Decorate a Child’s Life, the Bedrooms of London exhibition or The London Child Poverty Summit, amongst others that we are in the process of developing…

What we’re looking for

We are looking for charities that have an existing supporter base and an appetite to engage with us and with the general public. In order to be successful, it is also helpful for Charities to have an active and engaged trustee board or major donors who are prepared to make pledges to kickstart the project.

Charities that apply to us must:

  • be registered with the Charity Commission
  • have one year of filed annual accounts
  • have over £25,000 income (as shown in your last annual accounts)
  • have 3 months of reserves
  • have strong financial processes and be legally compliant
  • have a robust governance structure
  • have solid safeguarding processes


Projects must:

  • have a clear focus on children and young people (4-18 years) from low-income families in London
  • have a budget of between £4,000 and £100,000
  • be completed within 12 months of the campaign
  • Summer Give only: be focused on activities taking place during school holidays


We do not fund:

  • religious activities
  • capital costs


For more information, please read our Grant-Making Policy

The application Process

All applications are processed through the Big Give platform.

The application process comprises the following steps:

  • Charities upload their project details onto the Big Give platform
  • Charities submit their pledge donations
  • The Big Give and Childhood Trust carry out checks on applicant charities
  • Funding offers sent out and the campaign begins
  • Workshop and one-to-one support
  • Campaign Week, during which donations are received and funds matched
  • Charities receive their funding from their pledge donors and the Childhood Trust
  • Projects begin
  • Six and twelve month reporting required

You can watch a short video about the funding model here.

**Please note that submitting your project details to the Big Give platform does not guarantee funding**

Next steps 

We have seen that the campaigns with highest levels of success in these campaigns are preceded by excellent planning. With this in mind, please get in touch now!

We welcome contact with charities prior to their application to discuss their suitability. If you are interested, please do write to us at:

We would also recommend that you register on the Big Give platform in order to receive notification of the upcoming campaigns.