Sir Walter St. John’s Educational Charity makes grants to promote the education and training of children and young people under the age of 25 who live in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth and who are in need of financial assistance. Preference is given to supporting those who live in the Battersea area.

As well as offering individual support, we provide small educational grants to local organisations and also strategic grants (over up to 3 years)  to support larger educational projects.

Small Education Grants 

Small education grants of up to £1,500 are available for local community and voluntary organisations for educational activities and projects.   Priority will be given to projects or activities working with children from the following groups:

    • Those living in areas of particular social disadvantage
    • Refugee and asylum seeking children and young people
    • Disabled children and young people
    • Young carers
    • Looked after children, and care leavers

Future grant deadlines are as follows:

Tues 3rd September 2024

Tues 3rd December 2024

For further details about what grants may be used to support and the application process, please download the grant criteria and application form from here or email the Charity’s Manager Susan Perry (

£5k grants

From time to time we are able to support small organisations with grants of £5k (and occasionally up to £10k by invitation).

Your organisation can be a voluntary or community organisation and/or a registered charity (usually with funds of under £150k.)

These grants support educational activities and projects for children and young people under the age of 25 in Wandsworth and Lambeth.  Activities and projects are expected to address local community needs, which have been identified by local community groups or organisations. Grants may be used to support:

    • Start-up running costs for a new ongoing project
    • Equipment for educational projects
    • Costs that will demonstrably support the organisation to grow and develop
    • Time limited projects

All projects and activities must have a clear educational purpose and must support the SWSJ’s educational charitable objectives.

Strategic Grants

The application process for a strategic grant is now in progress and we cannot accept any new expressions of interest at present (November 2023).

Details will be posted on the website when the next strategic grant opportunity arises.

Through its Strategic Grants programme, the Charity is supporting organisations to carry out work with children and young peole from the following priority groups:

    • 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

The Charity will make grants of up to £30,000 per year for up to three years to support educational projects working with children and young people from these groups in Wandsworth and/or Lambeth.