Grants of between £500 and £1,000 will soon be available to charities across the UK to fund summer playschemes for disadvantaged children between the ages of 5-16 years.

Charities with an annual income of less than £100,000 can apply for funding to run playschemes for a minimum of two weeks or ten days during the summer holidays.

Preference is given to:

  • small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities. Trustees prefer activities that are relatively inexpensive such as crafts and cooking, as well as outdoor activities and sport.
  • schemes that involve a large number of children.
  • schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.

The funding is available to registered charities, CICs, CIOs or exempt charities. If the applicant is not a registered charity, then a registered charity may apply on the scheme’s behalf.

The funding is being made available through the Woodward Charitable Trust’s Summer Playscheme.

Around 35 grants are awarded every year.

The closing date for applications is the 5th April 2024.