1. Who does DM Thomas Foundation for Young People give money to?
Thanks to voluntary income from donations, campaigns and trades, the Foundation supports and makes grants to a wide range of children’s charities across Europe which fall within our remits of education and health.
In 2018, 233 grants totalling £884,994 were awarded to 232 different youth organisations across Europe, benefitting 51,006 children and young people. Learn more about our grant giving and focused areas of support under what we do.
2. Are there any exceptions?
A full list of exceptions can be found in the Foundation’s Grant Guidelines.
The Foundation does not provide funding for general donations to a charity’s running costs or individual sponsorship or fundraising activities. Applications must relate to a specific project; Individuals Sponsorship or fundraising activities. The Foundation does not fund salary/administration costs.
3. How do I apply for funding?
Applications for funding must be made by submitting an application form by email as well as in writing. The Central Grants programme is for registered charities only. For registered charities in the UK or Ireland, a copy of the charity’s latest annual accounts must be submitted together with the proposal. Please refer to our application form and guidelines.
4. How will I know if my application has been successful?
Once the hard copy of your application has been received and logged, you will receive an acknowledgement to the email address you have provided. We will endeavour to keep you updated with the outcome or next steps of your application as quickly as possible.
5. What is the Grants Committee?
The Foundation’s Grants Committee comprises of independent members from DMTFYP’s business partners and supporters, representing the UK and Ireland. With meetings held on a quarterly basis, the Grants Committee discuss applications for funding in detail to decide whether a proposal will receive a grant.
6. If I meet all the criteria will I receive a grant?
We regret that even if you meet all the criteria on the application form you may still not be successful as the Foundation’s limited grant fund is over-subscribed. It is worth noting that the Grants Committee is charged with ensuring that every £1 and €1 donation is given effectively and has the maximum impact possible therefore applications are compared. In terms of effectiveness, the process is highly competitive and oversubscribed.
7. How much money can we request?
There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request. However the Foundation is a small charity and therefore is restricted to grants up to £30,000 per annum (approximately).
8. Are there any conditions on the grant?
Yes. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions section on the Central grant application form. By signing and submitting your application you are agreeing to the Foundation’s Terms and Conditions, including providing case studies and imagery which can be used by the Foundation to promote its work.
9. Where should I send my application?
Completed applications should be sent to the Foundation office in hard copy and email format sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
10. How do you fund in continental Europe?
In continental Europe, the Foundation’s local grants programme supports multiple youth organisations in local communities. Nominated by our supporters who work hard to raise the funds through a variety of fundraising events and participation in Foundation campaigns, all funds raised in a particular country stay in that country to support disadvantaged youth. Please note that we do not make central grants outside the UK and Ireland.
11. Do you run other grant programmes?
Central grants are the main method through which the Foundation distributes funds to projects that help transform young lives.
For organisations supporting children to get active and take part in sport, we also encourage applications through our partnership with Les Mills UK. The link to find out more and apply is here.
The Foundation also operates donor nominated funds, whereby our business partners raise voluntary funds and we then administer them to youth charities in partnership with them. For example we administer the Les Mills Fund for Children and also manage nominations made by Hilton hotels in the UK and Ireland. We also administer grants following event partnerships as part of the relationship with Hilton. Another route for supporting local youth charities is through our Giveaways, which are run in partnership with selected media outlets in a variety of locations.