Charitable Grants and Trusts

Here we focus on just a few of the grants that are available to organisations working with children and young people.
We are happy to help with funding applications and directing you to possible funding sources.

Please email if you would like some assistance -

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund will cover the cost of activities such as play schemes, day and social activities, community improvement programmes, family support and respite, practical employment schemes, and building renovations in the field of learning disabilities including autism. See more at:

Cash 4 Clubs
What is it? Cash 4 Clubs provides sports clubs with an opportunity to apply for grants. It is funded by Betfair and supported by the charity SportsAid. Since it was established in 2008, it has given out more than £100,000 in grants to 139 community sports clubs across the UK. How much is on offer? There are three tiers of grants available at £250, £500 and £1,000. Grants are awarded on a discretionary basis. Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports national governing body.

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Young Roots
Apply for a grant of £10,000-£50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.


Voluntary and community organisation small grants

Somerset Community Foundation can provide financial help towards the running, delivery or project costs of voluntary and community organisations in the Somerset West and Taunton area.

If you’d like to register your organisation for information or apply for funding please email


Somerset West Local Lottery

Good causes in the Somerset West and Taunton area can sign up to benefit from the Somerset West Local Lottery. 

Happy Days
Happy Days is a national children's charity dedicated to providing holidays, residential trips, day theatre trips and visiting theatre performances for disadvantaged young people with special needs.

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Hedley Foundation
The Foundation makes grants to small charities working with young people in the areas of Recreation, Sport, Training, Health and Welfare, Support and outdoor Education of young people between the ages of 11 and 25. The Foundation is particularly keen on open air and adventure-type activities and the funding of appropriate kit and equipment. The Foundation is keen to support small charities which can demonstrate achievement in persuading and deterring at-risk young people from proceeding further down the pathway to custody. A secondary aim is to assist small charities helping with disabled and terminally ill young people through funding for specialist equipment, organised respite breaks and holidays. The Foundation also supports young carers.


Waitrose Community Matters
Community Matters is an initiative to enable Waitrose branches to support local communities. Nomination forms to take part in the scheme can be found on the front of the Community Matters token collection points in all Waitrose Branches. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that shoppers vote for with tokens.

Welfare organisations, community groups, schools or local divisions of national charities can all apply.



  Grants up to £20,000 for UK not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people in arts & creative media.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time.

The Ragdoll Foundation awards grants to support UK organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. The Foundation is primarily interested in applications that involve children during their early years (i.e. aged 0-10), but will consider projects that extend the age group up to the age of 18. Priority is given to projects that are of strategic value for the organisation, that include high quality evaluation and sharing of project outcomes as well as projects that have the potential to become models of good practice within the sector. Although most applicants will be an arts organisation, other organisations which intend to partner with arts organisations or work with artists within the project will be considered.

The Hodge Foundation

The Hodge Foundation awards grants to charitable organisations based in the UK.



The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust

The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust is a small but established grant-making Trust that awards grants to small UK registered charities, CIOs and CICs that provide support to young adults with learning disabilities after they leave school with the specific aim or giving them practical skills to prepare them to be able to lead independent lives and fulfil their potential.


N.B. Somerset Play Forum is providing this list for information only and recommends that you do your research before making any application to a charitable trust. We are not able to check the validity or availability of the grants listed above and some charitable trusts may have cutoff dates, adjust their criteria or have closed applications for this year.