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DM Thomas Foundation

Helping disadvantaged young people to reach their potential…

The Foundation’s central grant fund supports small charities working in the areas of education or health with one of three chosen focus groups:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)


  • Central grants can only be awarded to registered charities in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
  • A charity must be registered for 12+ months before the Foundation can consider awarding funding.
  • Charities with overdue reporting (e.g. annual return) to its monitoring bodies will not be considered.
  • Central grants are aimed at supporting smaller charities. Typically large charities with normal charitable expenditure of more than £2 million (except for children’s hospices, falling in one of DMTFYP‘s core themes) are not considered.
  • Charities larger than this may still apply, but please note preference may be given to applications from smaller charities

What Is Funded?

The Foundation funds local and regional projects which make a difference by providing targeted support to facilitate acces o opportunities and improve wellbeing  for children and young people .  The Foundation prefers to fund projects which supply or facilitate access to education and may provide tools and opportunities through equipment, facilities and training; and relieve suffering, improve treatment, care and wellbeing.

If favoured gran roposals for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. Applications are generally not more than £30,000 per year.

The website provides information on: what they do; project activitie reviously funded; and previou pplication numbers and successes.

Deadlines for 2019

Quarterly deadlines are:

  • 7th May 2019
  • 23rd July 2019
  • 8th October 2019