Children’s Summer Playschemes


Please note due to home working, we are only accepting online application forms now. If you have sent a form to the office, we will not have received it and you will need to reapply online.

The trustees review applications in May. Specific deadlines for applications are posted on the Diary page of this website.

Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

Trustees only fund programmes that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays.

Grants can only be paid to registered charities. If you are not a registered charity, please give full name and address of a registered charity who has agreed to accept a grant on your behalf. Please note you will need to upload a copy of their most recent audited accounts at the end of the application form.

Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are made each year.

Preference is given to:

  • Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities. Trustees prefer activities that are relatively inexpensive such as crafts and cooking, as well as outdoor activities and sport.
  • Schemes that involve a large number of children.
  • Schemes catering for children from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are disabled.
  • Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.

Exclusions that Trustees will not fund:

  • Trips that are only social such as to a theme park or cinema. Trustees prefer to fund trips that are educational and motivational or relate to the natural environment such as to the seaside or countryside.
  • Charities whose annual turnover exceeds £100,000.
  • Overseas projects.
  • Playgroups.
  • Individuals in any capacity.
  • Educational fees.

Application Form

When completing the application form please fill in the information as requested. Please note that there is no requirement to use the full word count in any section.

The trustees receive many more applications than they are able to fund, so please make the most of the opportunity to tell us what makes your charity different and what your achievements are. When talking about your plans for this summer please feel free to compare them to previous years and the benefits attending the scheme has meant to families and the children attending. Please give details of what you plan to do, beyond a list of activities, and note that we are looking for organisations that are making a real difference in their communities. Please let us know if any of your activities are child-led and who your volunteers are. Do you provide food and if so, what do you provide?

We are very aware that the last year has had an enormous impact on children, and in particular their education and mental health and anxiety levels so if you are planning to do anything different this year to mitigate that please let us know. In addition, please tell us what your alternative plans might be if restrictions mean that the scheme cannot run as currently envisaged.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

All application forms must be accompanied by your Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. Your policy should be uploaded at the end of the application form. If we do not receive a copy of your policy, we cannot consider awarding a grant.


It should be noted that these are guidelines rather than rules. As we are all working from home, please email Karin Hooper if you need further advice at

Trustees are keen to spare charities the wasted time involved in applying when there is no prospect of success. If you do need to speak to us in person, please leave your details on the email and Karin Hooper will arrange to call you back.


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