DM Thomas Foundation for Young People - Central Grants

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 05 February 2019


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

This is a 'highly competitive' fund. The Foundation reports that the ‘total number of central grant requests received in 2017 was 207, amounting to requests of over £2.7million. It awarded £513,043 (19% of funds requested) and made 79 central grants ( 38% of requests)’.

Grants of up to £30,000 per year are available for one-off or medium terms projects.

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

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

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

The 2019 application deadlines are: 5 February 2019, 7 May 2019, 23 July 2019, and 8 October 2019.                          

Key Criteria

Registered charities in the UK and Ireland that are working with disadvantaged children and young people (babies 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:

  • Young People and Education - 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.
  • Young People and Health - 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. Outright funding for salaries 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.

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 four core themes: disabled children, children in hospital, homelessness, 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.
  • Loans.
  • 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.

Payment Proceedure

Grants will be paid either by cheque or direct credit transfer, in one lump sum once the grant has been approved.  If the award covers more than one year, then the grant tranches will be paid annually in advance.

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.

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

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
DM Thomas Foundation for Young People 
179-199 Holland Park Avenue 
W11 4UL
020 7605 7733