British and Foreign School Society - Looked After Children and Young Carers

Status: Open to applications
Deadline: 27th August, 2018


Grants are available for UK registered charities to improve approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children’ and young carers in the UK.

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the BFSS.

Projects can be funded for up to three years.

Extended Description

The British and Foreign School Society (BFSS) has set up a new programme aimed at improving approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children’ and young carers in the UK.

Through its funding and non-financial support BFSS wish to pilot novel approaches to improving the educational attainment of looked after children and young carers which can be scaled up so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment.

BFSS is offering support that will help it achieve the following outcomes:

  • Looked after children and young carers are provided supplementary support that results in improved educational attainment.
  • Interventions made in the delivery of supplementary educational support for looked after children and young carers are proven to be effective and scalable.
  • There is greater alignment and coherence in the work of the voluntary sector ensuring more successful educational outcomes for looked after children and young carers. (Please note that BFSS does not expect applications to this third outcome as it will address this by convening workshops to share experience and support collaborative work.)

Latest News

The next deadline for applications is 27 August 2018 for consideration at the October 2018 grants committee meeting.

Key Criteria

Registered charities and organisations with officially recognised charitable status in the UK can apply:

  • A UK registered charity.
  • A UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
  • A UK school, college or university with charitable status or which is an "exempt charity".

Organisations should have continuous UK accounts for at least three years and an income of at least £5,000 each year.

There is no defined upper limit on income. However, larger organisations should be aware that the funder will normally reject applications from big charities who have ready access to much larger funding sources than BFSS. This is because the funder’s policy is to focus on smaller projects, where its funding comprises a significant proportion of the total being awarded.

Eligability Expendeture

The funding is for the charitable work of organisations and is for project costs, including staff salaries and a limited contribution to overheads.


  • Expects projects to have some matched funding.
  • Expects projects will usually be across multiple years, up to a maximum of three years.
  • Will favour projects with a lifetime BFSS contribution in excess of £20,000 for each year of their operation.

The funding will support work that develops sustainable approaches that can be replicated at scale. For example:

  • Pedagogically proven models of how educational interventions can be made to best effect.
  • Development of approaches based on a combination of paid staff and trained volunteers.
  • Development of practical tools and resources that allow looked after children and young carers (and their family members) to receive support and grasp positive opportunities.
  • Policy and practice for looked after children and young carers that values and prioritises education as a way of enhancing life chances.

The work should be:

  • Clear about the impact it will make and how this will be measured, providing an evidence base for the effectiveness of the work.
  • Done in partnership with Local Authorities, schools and other organisations (including fellow grantees), that have responsibility for the education of Looked after children and young carers.

This approach represents a new way of working for BFSS which wants to understand and learn from what makes a real difference to the educational outcomes of looked after children and young carers, and improve future practice as a result.

BFSS’s approach to supporting projects will be developed with the organisations it funds who can expect to:

  • Come together to share learning with others in the programme regularly.
  • Co-create shared measures of impact with others, collecting and sharing data and evidence.
  • Take part in an external evaluation.

Match Funding

Some match funding is expected.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Health projects without a clear education link (except where used as a means of achieving educational outcomes).
  • Water and sanitation projects without a clear education link (except where there is a very clear link to education access/attainment).
  • Transport or other travel costs.
  • The arts (unless where used as a means of achieving educational outcomes).
  • Sport and sports facilities (unless where used as a means of achieving educational outcomes).
  • Special or one-off events e.g. conferences, seminars, expeditions, summer camps.
  • Bursaries, scholarships and endowments.
  • Expeditions and overseas travel.
  • Individual volunteering overseas.
  • Ongoing programmes.
  • Salaries and running costs.
  • Research other than on educational service development.

Application Procedure

An online application form can be found on the BFSS website.

Contact the British & Foreign School Society for further information.

Addresses and contacts 

Application forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
Grants Manager
British and Foreign School Society 
32-36 Loman Street 
0207 9227 814