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Creating long lasting impact together

We are incredibly grateful to the wide range of trusts, foundations and grant-making organisations that have funded our work since 2013, helping to bring about long-term, sustainable change. It is our priority to ensure that grants awarded to us are well managed and create the greatest possible impact on young lives.

How we work

We fund and deliver locally focused programmes that alleviate the impacts of poverty for children throughout the capital. Our new 2023 – 2026 impact Strategy, Prepared for Life, focuses our work on four priority areas, all to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing​, socio-economic prospects and quality of life of children and young people across London. The four priority areas are:

  • Children are healthy - Fighting food insecurity, malnutrition and health inequalities.  
  • Children are resilient - Addressing children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.  
  • Children are safe - Tackling inadequate living conditions and preventing children from feeling lonely and vulnerable. 
  • Children are confident - Reducing the impact of educational inequalities through training, education, and work readiness. 

Our offering

After discussing your funding interests and priorities, we can direct your grant towards areas of our work that resonate with your values and report on the direct impact your funding has made to the lives of children across London, including:

  • 12-month impact reporting and regular updates from your dedicated relationship manager  
  • Invitations to events throughout the year such as our London Child Poverty Summit  
  • Project visits (dependent on funding level)  
  • Volunteering opportunities like our Decorate a Child's Life projects 

We welcome the opportunity to create long-lasting relationships with trusts and foundations – and particularly multi-year partnerships where and when we can – to create deeper connections with our funders and to ensure the sustainability of our work and that of our hundreds of delivery partners across London.

Get in touch

We would be delighted to learn more about the interests of your trust, foundation or grant-making organisation and to discuss ways in which we could work together.

Please get in touch with our Trusts and Foundations Manager, Tara Macdowel, at or call 07957 648 613.

The Childhood Trust provides a lifeline to so many children and families. We share their ambition to reduce the impact of poverty on young people living in London, so I’m delighted to support the On the Breadline campaign of the Evening Standard and Independent in partnership with The Childhood Trust.

Duke of Westminster, The Westminster Foundation

The Peter Cundill Foundation looks for catalytic, well-run charities that multiply our philanthropic dollars to generate the maximum possible impact. By providing fundraising and advocacy capacity to small but brilliant anti-poverty charities in London, The Childhood Trust really fits the bill. It helps those local charities get the money they need to drive real change while also keeping child poverty higher up the agenda.

The Peter Cundill Foundation

Our Partners

The Westminster Foundation

We are grateful for the longstanding support of the Westminster Foundation. Most recently, the Westminster Foundation awarded The Childhood Trust a £100,000 grant towards our On the Breadline Cost-of-Living Appeal, in partnership with the London Evening Standard. This funding helped provide nutritious meals for children through the cost-of-living crisis, which aligns with our Impact Goal, ‘Children are Healthy.’

Find out more about the Westminster Foundation's commitment to supporting families through the cost-of-living crisis.

The Peter Cundill Foundation

We have been incredibly fortunate to be supported by The Peter Cundill Foundation since 2018. Annual unrestricted grants awarded by the Foundation have enabled us to build our organisational capacity and increase our reach and scope to support more children across London each year.

Find out more about The Peter Cundill Foundation's long-term funding projects around the world improving the lives of children and helping them to access education.

The Caring Family Foundation

The Caring Family Foundation share our vision and determination to ensure children in London have access to healthy meals, especially through the school holidays. In Summer 2022, we partnered together to provide 48,500 nutritious, balanced meals to 6,700 children across London.

Find out more about The Caring Family Foundation's dedication to their vision of a "world free from hunger, harm and hurt."