Apply for a grant

Since 1983, we have committed in excess of £28 million to 1,000 projects, and have supported over one million vulnerable children and young people.

Wooden Spoon children's charity of rugby

You can become a part of this success story.

If your project is in the UK or Ireland and shares our aim of making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people, it may be eligible for a Wooden Spoon grant (Wooden Spoon project beneficiaries must be a group. Wooden Spoon cannot make grants to individuals).

If a project is a physical, tangible asset, of a permanent nature the following must apply:

• It must have a minimum predicted life-span of five years, be non transferable and of a permanent nature
• Grants will not be considered for salaries, administration costs, professional fees and on-going overheads related to a capital project

If a project is educational or disability sports focused the following must apply:

• There must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people
• It must have a clearly defined project brief to include detail on: description of project need and objectives, stakeholders, description of participants (age, gender, geography), recruitment of participants, project activity and budget, legacy planning, monitoring and evaluation and finally reporting to Wooden Spoon

To find out if an organisation close to your heart is eligible for funding, please download the qualifying criteria here.

You can complete our expression of wish form for an initial assessment.

Expression of Wish

Applying for a grant

If you have discussed your grant with the team and are eligible please download our Application Form

If you have any queries please contact projects@woodenspoon.org.uk

Application notes

Once an application has been received it will be checked to ensure it meets our criteria. It will then be sent to the regional committee for approval. If the region agrees to support the project an inspector will undertake a site visit and report back to the Project Committee which meets monthly. Successful applications will go forward to the next quarterly Council meeting. The applicant will receive a formal grant letter, if the project is approved by Council.

See examples of successful beneficiaries we’ve helped.