Grants for individuals

Mulberry Schools Foundation awards grants to current and former students of Mulberry Schools Trust to fund their participation in enriching opportunities or to relieve financial hardship to enable them to pursue their education. Applicants for grants must meet the Foundation’s criteria for disadvantage and/or provide evidence that the opportunity for which they have applied lies outside their/their family’s means. Details of the evidence required are within the application form.

Examples of grants include:

  • contributions to school uniform costs;
  • contributions to digital devices and applications for learning;
  • contributions to the cost of school trips and visits;
  • expenses for work experience, volunteering experience, internships, participation in conferences/seminars/ workshops;
  • fees for university summer schools and work-readiness programmes;
  • travel scholarships;
  • fees for adult-learning programmes.

The application form for current Mulberry Schools Trust students is available in all Trust schools. It can be collected by students or parents/carers from the student’s Head of Year or Student Reception. It should be returned to the student’s Head of Year.

The application form for former Mulberry Schools Trust students can be completed online here or, if you prefer, please download the application form here and return it to Mulberry Schools Foundation, Richard Street, Commercial Road, London E1 2JP, or info@mulberryschoolsfoundation.org, or drop it into Mulberry School for Girls’ reception.

All applications for grants will be considered by the Foundation’s Trustees who make all decisions about awards. Decisions about grants for individuals can be considered outside scheduled meetings and applications can be received at any time of year. You should expect to have a response within three weeks of submitting your application.

Grants provided by the Foundation will support individuals in the Mulberry Schools Trust community in need of financial assistance to advance their education. Grants will be made only for activities that are charitable in UK law. Grants must not be used to pay costs that have already been incurred.

The Foundation’s grant funding is based on the following principles:

  • Removing barriers – to remove barriers to children and young people’s learning, achievement and social engagement;
  • Creating opportunity – to extend to children and young people facing disadvantage the range of educational opportunities, commonly available to those from more privileged backgrounds, that build creativity, confidence, discernment, leadership, self-determination, global awareness and a belief that all opportunities and challenges are open;
  • Giving voice – to give voice to children, young people and other communities less often heard and to provide platforms for leadership through those voices;
  • Innovating for change – to work innovatively to enhance equality and social justice and to open doors for, young people and communities experiencing disadvantage, so building their capacity to make a difference to their world;
  • Sustaining impact – to celebrate, share and seek replicable outcomes, so extending best practice and making a national and international contribution to educational improvement, policy and knowledge.