The Froebel Trust is committed to promoting the principles developed by Friedrich Froebel. Grants under this strand will support the application of Froebelian principles in new ways and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively.
The Trust has allocated a fund of £40,000 for new applications in 2018. Applicants can apply for up to £40,000, spread over 1 or 2 years. In order to be considered for funding, applications for Innovation Grants are required to meet the following criteria:
- The applicant organisation must be a registered charity. This can include UK based charities, schools and international charities
- The project supports children between the ages of 0-8 to play expressively
- The project explicitly applies at least one of the Trust’s named Froebelian principles
- The project contributes to the Trust’s strategic objectives to:
- Demonstrate how the application of Froebelian principles provide high quality learning and education
- Increase the Trust’s impact and visibility by increasing our charitable activity, improving our own practices and building new and effective partnerships
- The project contributes to at least one of the Trust’s cross cutting themes. These themes reflect the Trust’s vision and priorities and provide an additional focus for our grant-giving. The themes are:
- Addressing disadvantage and valuing diversity
- Childhood under stress (focusing on those environment in which young children cannot play freely or with agency)
- Adult (staff and parental) engagement with young children
- The applicant must demonstrate how they will build in Froebelian principles to their project design and outcomes. Although we do not expect applicants to have any experience or knowledge of Froebelian principles in order to apply, we are looking to applicants to propose innovative ways to show how their projects will promote Froebelian principles and apply these into new areas and environments.