DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – Central Grants

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – Central Grants
25th September 2020 c360admin


Open to applications

Application Deadline:

06 October 2020



Grants are available to UK registered charities that are working with young people (up to 25 years) for projects that make a real difference to those most in need and which focus on children and young people with disabilities, who are sick in hospital or who are life limited.


Maximum Turnover:

£ 2,000,000

Maximum Value:

£ 30,000

Value Notes

There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter.

Grants of up to £30,000 per year are available for one-off or medium-term projects (1-2 years).

Funding can be requested for up to two years for any particular project.

Note: This is a ‘highly competitive’ fund. In 2018 the Foundation awarded 232 grants totalling £884,995 to 194 charities.

Extended Description

The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (formerly The Hilton in the Community Foundation) provides grants for charities in the UK and Ireland.

The Central Grants scheme is intended to support registered charities that work with disadvantaged children and young people. The scheme aims to help young people gain skills through education projects and relieve suffering through health-related projects.

Latest Information

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, the Foundation has made the decision to postpone its next quarterly deadline until 6 October 2020. (Those who have already applied will be automatically submitted into this deadline.)

Key Criteria

Registered charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) in the UK and Ireland that are working with disadvantaged children and young people (0 to 25 years) that are considered to be most in need can apply.

Charities must work directly with the young people or provide facilities for their direct benefit.

To be eligible, applicants should have the following:

  • An income of below £2 million.
  • Management and administration costs (including fundraising costs) of 30% or less of their annual expenditure.
  • Be registered with either the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the OSCR in Scotland or the Irish Charity Register for a period of at least 12 months before the Foundation can consider awarding funding.
  • Completed their reporting (eg annual return) to these monitoring bodies.

The Foundation will prioritise support to charities that demonstrate community involvement and volunteering opportunities as part of their working practices.

Faith Groups: the Foundation recognises the good work undertaken by faith groups in the community and will consider funding projects run by religious organisations provided they are registered as a charity and offer fully inclusive (multi-faith) and inclusive activities for both boys and girls.

Schools and hospitals: applications from schools and hospitals are welcome and should be made through an appropriate registered charity. It should be made clear why the Local Education Authority or NHS is not funding the area of need and whether these potential funding avenues have been explored. If applying for support to a special school or college, applications must be submitted by the school’s fundraising body (e.g. Parents and Friends of Example School), which must be a registered charity with independently examined signed accounts available and able to meet the Foundation’s due diligence requirements.

Although reapplications will be considered unsuccessful applicants must wait for at least 12 months from the date of their rejection letter and grant recipients must wait three years before reapplying.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation makes grants to a wide range of charities supporting children and young people up to the age of 25 that meet one of its chosen areas of focus:

  • Improving theEducation of Young People – The Foundation is investing in the future by supporting young people in the vital areas of education, awareness and training. Through targeted grant giving the Foundation aims to facilitate a better future for young people by supporting local charities. Education funding generally will be given for training/re-training, educational equipment, activity-based learning leading to accreditation and sports equipment.
  • Improving the health ofYoung People – The Foundation is committed to relieving suffering and supporting young people whilst they are undergoing treatment and care. Health funding generally will be given for medical equipment, care facilities, activity-based holidays, proactive health awareness campaigns and hospices.

The Foundation has a particular strategic focus on:

  • Children and young people with disabilities.
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital.
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and capital costs. Funding for salaries and sessional worker fees will not be considered. Grants can be awarded for refurbishment and equipment, but not for capital appeals or a new construction.

The Foundation funds projects working towards accreditation or recognised qualifications for young people. This does not include teacher training. The Foundation prefers to support training programmes working directly with the young people, where they will work towards an accreditation. It will consider support to elements of projects for disabled or sick children and young people such as: training resource packs; travel or subsistence costs for the young people/volunteers; accreditation fees; venue hire; equipment costs eg IT/ICT.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not specified in the guidelines.


The Foundation does not support the following:

  • Applicants whose projects do not fit one of the three core themes: disabled children, children in hospital, life-limited children.
  • Organisations which are not registered charities.
  • Charities which have:
    • An income above £2 million (except hospices).
    • Been registered for under 12 months.
    • Present financial information which is incomplete or out of date.
    • Management and administration costs (including fundraising costs) above 30% of their annual expenditure.
  • Projects and organisations outside the UK or Ireland.
  • Funding requests over £30,000 per annum for up to two years (£60,000 in total).
  • Requests solely for day-to-day administrative running costs (rent, lighting, heat, etc.).
  • Requests solely for staff salaries or other staff costs.
  • Where outcomes are unclear or where the grant will not make an impact.
  • Requests by individuals.
  • General donations.
  • Fundraising events or other fundraising costs.
  • Work with adults.
  • Medical research, individual medical treatment.
  • Capital appeals to a general fund or construction of new buildings.
  • Overseas expeditions or exchange programmes.
  • Training or conferences for professionals or staff, such as teacher training, parenting training.
  • Work which excludes some faith groups.
  • Work with only boys or only girls.

Unsuccessful applicants are asked not to reapply for at least 12 months from the date of their rejection letter. Successful applicants are asked to wait three years before reapplying.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to download from the Foundation’s website. An electronic copy and a hard copy of the application should be submitted along with the supporting information outlined in the guidelines.

Applications are received for quarterly deadlines from registered charities are first assessed by the Foundation office, with a shortlist of approximately 20 of the strongest and regionally representative applications put forward for consideration by the Grants Committee.

Contact the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right-hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
179-199 Holland Park Avenue
W11 4UL


020 7605 7733