Funding available for organisations that help children, families or prisoners and ex-offenders


The Woodward Charitable Trust is offering grants of up to £3,000 to UK charities, CICs and CIOs that help children, families or prisoners/ex-offenders. The Trust looks to fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. They like projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged. They are looking for organisations which aim to achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community;
  • Disadvantaged families, this covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families;
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoner’s families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.

The Trust only makes grants for core costs rather than specific projects as they recognise that smaller charities can find these hard to fund. They hope that this will have a more direct impact on the organisations that they choose to fund.

About The Fund

Area: The UK.

Suitable for: Registered charities, CICs, CIOs and exempt charities. They do not fund voluntary community groups, constituted groups, even if the work being undertaken is charitable. If you want to apply for a grant this will need to be done via one of the eligible organisation types listed above.

Funding size: Up to £3,000 (although the majority of grants are up to £1,000).

Application deadline: Friday 28th January 2021.

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.