Sir Walter St. John’s Educational Charity makes grants to promote the education and training of children and young people under the age of 25 who live in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth and who are in need of financial assistance. Preference is given to supporting those who live in the Battersea area.

As well as offering individual support, we provide small educational grants to local organisations and also strategic grants (over up to 3 years)  to support larger educational projects.

Small Education Grants

Small education grants of up to £1,500 are available for local community and voluntary organisations for educational activities and projects.   Priority will be given to projects or activities working with children from the following groups:

    • Those living in areas of particular social disadvantage
    • Refugee and asylum seeking children and young people
    • Disabled children and young people
    • Young carers
    • Looked after children, and care leavers

Future grant deadlines are as follows:

Tuesday 10th December 2019

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Tuesday 8th December 2020

For further details about what grants may be used to support and the application process, please download the grant criteria and application form from here or email the Charity’s Manager Susan Perry (

£5k-£10k grants (grant stream now closed for 2019 but re-opens 3rd March 2020)

From time to time we are able to support small organisations with grants between £5k-£10k.

Your organisation can be a voluntary or community organisation and/or a registered charity (usually with funds of under £150K).

These grants support educational activities and projects for children and young people under the age of 25 in Wandsworth and Lambeth.  Activities and projects are expected to address local community needs, which have been identified by local community groups or organisations. Grants may be used to support:

    • Start-up running costs for a new ongoing project
    • Equipment for educational projects
    • Costs that will demonstrably support the organisation to grow and develop
    • Time limited projects

All projects and activities must have a clear educational purpose and must support the SWSJ’s educational charitable objectives.

Strategic Grants

Through its Strategic Grants programme, the Charity is supporting organisations to carry out work with children from three priority groups:

    • refugees of secondary school age, in particular, unaccompanied minors and those with little or no previous experience of formal education
    • young carers
    • disaffected/low-achieving children/young people in danger of dropping out of education

The Charity will make grants of up to £30,000 per year for up to three years to support educational projects working with children and young people from these groups in Wandsworth and/or Lambeth.

For further information about the Strategic Grants programme, or to discuss a proposal, please contact the Charity’s Manager, Susan Perry via email ( or telephone: 020 7498 8878.

PLEASE NOTE: all strategic grants for 2019/20 have already been allocated. This grant tranche is therefore closed for the time being.