Apply for a grant

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 through a commitment to quality charitable work, it may be eligible for a Wooden Spoon grant.

We ask that you review our qualifying criteria below before completing and returning an application form to projects@woodenspoon.org.uk or by post to the national office.

Qualifying Criteria

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 (preferably ten), be non-transferable and of a permanent nature. Special consideration may be given to funding life-enhancing/medical equipment if it can be shown that the useable life of such equipment is likely to be at least five years.
  • 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 brief detailing the project’s need and objectives; stakeholders; description of participants (age, gender, geography); recruitment of participants; project activity and budget; legacy planning; monitoring and evaluation and mechanism for reporting to Wooden Spoon.
  • Grants will be considered for kit and equipment, salaries and administration costs.

Projects must: 

  • Enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
  • Work directly with children and young people and have a positive influence on their lives as a result of the activities or service provided.
  • Benefit those located in the UK or Ireland.
  • Support a group – we cannot make grants to individuals.

While there is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level, it is unlikely projects of a physical nature under £5,000 in value will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify under the “projected life span” criteria. See examples of successful projects here.

How to Apply

If you think you are eligible for a Wooden Spoon grant, please download our Application Form (August 2018).

If you are unsure if your project meets our criteria please complete our Expression of Wish Form for an initial assessment.

Once completed as fully as possible, forms can be returned to projects@woodenspoon.org.uk or by post to Wooden Spoon, Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Harvest Crescent, Fleet GU51 2UZ.

Application Notes

All projects should have a clearly-defined brief detailing:

  • Need and objectives
  • Stakeholders
  • Description of participants (age, gender, geography)
  • Recruitment of participants
  • Activity
  • Budget
  • Legacy planning
  • Monitoring/evaluation
  • Mechanism for reporting to Wooden Spoon

Once an application has been received it will be checked to ensure it meets our criteria and sent for approval to the regional committee. 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. If approved at Council a formal grant letter will be sent to the applicant.