Grants for organisations

Mulberry Schools Foundation, as a charity itself, can only award grants to UK registered charities or organisations that carry out activities that are charitable under UK law.

Mulberry Schools Foundation only awards grants to organisations which are referred by people or organisations known to the Foundation’s Trustees or to Mulberry Schools Trust (the Foundation’s sole member).

Please complete your application on-line here. If you have any difficulty in completing an on-line application, please download the application form here and return it to Mulberry Schools Foundation, Richard Street, Commercial Road, London E1 2JP, or

All applications from organisations for grants will be considered by the Foundation’s Trustees who make all decisions about awards. The Board meets four times a year and considers grant applications at at least two of these meetings. The Foundation can receive applications at any time of year. On submission, you will be informed when your application will be considered. You should expect to have a response within two weeks of the meeting.

Next meeting to discuss applications: 23 January 2022
To be considered at this meeting, applications must be received by 12 noon on 1 December 2021

If you would like to have an informal conversation about your potential application, please email

Grants provided by the Foundation will support charities and organisations promoting objects which are charitable under UK law and working to improve the lives of children and young people by advancing education, particularly in the following areas:

  • leading ambitious and innovative events and activities for children and young people that present role models, develop leadership, support the confidence of participants and profile the importance of their voices;
  • extending children’s, young people’s and families’ access to learning, recreational and arts facilities and other educational opportunities;
  • providing skilled and experienced individuals to engage directly with children, young people and communities in the UK and internationally;
  • making an international contribution to educational improvement, policy and knowledge through research into areas of concern for the Foundation, including action research by young people, school staff, community members and academics;
  • celebrating, evaluating and disseminating the impact of such work and extending best practice nationally and internationally.

Grant recipients must either be UK registered charities or organisations that carry out activities that are charitable under UK law.  Grants will not be available for other grant-making organisations.  Grants will be made only for activities that are charitable in English law.  Grants must not be used to pay costs that have already been incurred. Applicants working with children must have safeguarding policies which meet the standards and criteria set out in the grant terms and conditions.

The Foundation does not make grants to overseas charities or organisations and does not generally enter into sponsorship arrangements of any sort.

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.