Call for strategic grant project 2022/23

The deadline for expressions of interest for a strategic grant has now closed. Applicants will be notified towards the end of April if invited to submit a full application.


Strategic grants provide up to £30,000 per year for 3 years, a total of £90,000.

Applications for a Strategic Grant should;

  1. a) articulate a significant educational issue within our area and,
  2. b) how the work that needs to be funded will tackle the specified issue.

Strategic Grant projects are likely to build on existing work and will actively contribute towards the organisation’s strategic vision, whilst also aligning with SWSJ’s strategic priorities.

SWSJ’s current strategic grant priorities include work with:

  • very young children / early years interventions
  • refugees of secondary school age who are unaccompanied minors and/or those who have had little or no previous formal education.
  • young carers
  • disaffected/low-achieving children/young people in danger of dropping out of education
  • educational issues caused by Covid-19

Purpose of a strategic grant

As well as meeting an identified need, SWSJ’s strategic grants aim to build positive networks within the community to support local young people to access education, training and employment.

Monitoring requirements

Grantees are required to submit quarterly monitoring reports and to attend quarterly Advisory Group meetings. They should also be being willing to network and collaborate, where appropriate with other SWSJ grantees.

How to apply?

Stage 1 – Open call

Submit an expression of interest via email (2-3 paragraphs) – by 1st March 2022

Stage 2 – Shortlisted applicants by invitation only

Submit a more detailed proposal including details of activity and desired outcomes (no more than 4 pages of A4) and make a presentation to the SWSJ Grants Committee – June / July 2022

Stage 3 – Final stage

Submit full application to include detailed budget, implementation plan and, relating job descriptions if recruitment is involved (no more than 8 pages of A4 but can include appendices) – Oct 2022

Data Protection statement

Any data that you provide us with your application will be held in accordance with the 1998 Data Protection Act. The information you have provided will be used by SWSJ Charity for the purposes of administering your application.

Your personal information will not be passed onto any other third parties unless you specifically provide consent to do. In order to administer the project SWSJ Charity may contact you either by email, telephone or post.

Please note that without your consent to process your information we may not be able to contact you or involve you in some aspects of the initiative.

You are entitled to withdraw your consent to processing your data either for administering the project and/or providing you with information about grants at any time by emailing  with your updated preferences, or in writing by post to the Charity’s office.



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