Grants & Petitions

We help children and young people to overcome the barriers of poverty and complete the education and training they need to achieve their potential and succeed in life.

Support available

Most of our support is provided in the form of financial grants to assist with a range of costs associated with child well-being and education. These grants include:

  • Maintenance allowances
  • Computer equipment
  • Musical instruments and lessons
  • Sports equipment and coaching
  • Educational visits
  • School travel
  • School uniforms
  • Course fees
  • School fee bursaries
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships

Grants are also provided to support apprenticeships and higher or further education at recognised colleges and universities. Support towards fees for independent schools can only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Families with a particularly low income may also receive annual summer holiday or Christmas grants to enable them to spend some quality time together or enjoy the festive period.

In addition, we can provide help to meet the specific needs of young people with severe disabilities.

Family welfare

The support we provide is not just financial. Each family receives a home visit from one of our Welfare Advisers in order to fully assess their circumstances and needs.

The members of this highly skilled team guide families through our application process and ensure that they receive the state benefits to which they are entitled and are able to access other services which may assist them.

The Welfare team can further support families and children in our care using their professional backgrounds in counselling, family therapy and educational and careers guidance.

Thinking of applying for support?


Before you make an initial inquiry about our support, please read the pages about eligibility and how to apply.