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John Lyon's Charity pledges extra funding in 2022

John Lyon's Charity has pledged to give extra funding to children and young people's causes in 2022.

The charity distributes around £10-12 million in grants each year to support a range of services for young people aged up to 25, including youth clubs, arts projects, counselling initiatives, supplementary schools, parental support schemes, sports programmes and academic bursaries.

John Lyon’s Charity offers a range of grant programmes in nine areas in London including the Borough of Barnet. Grants are awarded to registered charities, state schools with an open admissions policy and organisations with automatic charitable status.

Grant programmes include:

1. The Main Grants Fund delivers many opportunities such as contributions towards salary costs, direct project funding, apprenticeship prospects or general overheads. While there is no maximum grant amount, a typical Main Grant is £20,000-£30,000 per annum for three years (although the Charity has funded many excellent projects and initiatives for both higher and lower amounts). Applications are considered by the Grants Committee and approved by the Foundation Governors three times a year in March, June and November.   

2. The Schools in Partnership Fund is available to help the most disadvantaged young people by promoting the crucial link between schools, home-life and the community.  All state schools in Barnet are eligible to apply and encouraged to work together in groups and cluster arrangements to maximise resources and impact and share learning and best practice. Proposals are considered three times a year in March, June and November.

3. The Small Grants Fund enables organisations to access smaller amounts of funding outside the main Trustee meetings.  Requests to the Small Grants Fund are considered at least six times a year and there are no deadlines.  The Charity endeavours to ensure that funds are awarded in a timely manner, relevant to project delivery dates (e.g. before school holidays).  

4. The School Holiday Activity Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays. Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Summer holidays - 1 June

October half-term - 21 September

Christmas holidays - 16 November

February half-term - 18 January

Easter - five weeks before Easter Monday

May half-term - 25 April

For more information about John Lyon’s Charity visit or follow them on Twitter & Instagram

If you are a Young Barnet Foundation member and would like to discuss a funding application, contact our member services team at

Not yet a member? Find out if you are eligible for free membership and support here.


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