Jack Petchey Foundation
If you think you can, you can!

Funding Priorities

The Jack Petchey Foundation has distributed more than £100 million to support young people!

The Jack Petchey Foundation Directors, supported by Jack Petchey as Patron, have agreed the following priorities for Jack Petchey Foundation.

We will continue to focus on programmes that benefit young people aged between 11-25 and we will concentrate our work in the geographical areas of Greater London and Essex only.


The key programmes to be funded are:

  • The Foundation will continue to fund its successful Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme. The scheme invests £3.5 million through Awards of £250 to recognise young people’s achievements. Now operating in 2,000 youth clubs & schools we aim to expand the scheme to include even more groups in future years.
  • The Foundation will continue to support Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge, now the largest speaking competition for young people in the world training over 18,000 young people a year.  All state secondary schools in London and Essex are invited to participate in this programme.
  • The Foundation will continue to support the Step into Dance programme with the Royal Academy of Dance.  This programme will be offered in 200 secondary schools in London and parts of Essex.
  • The Foundation will continue its partnership with the Panathlon Challenge to ensure that young people with disabilities can participate in competitive sports across London and Essex.
  • The Foundation will continue to work in partnership with the Table Tennis England to deliver a London Schools Jack Petchey Table Tennis Challenge and support the development of table tennis in secondary schools across London and Essex.
  • The Foundation will continue to develop its partnership with the Media Trust to engage young people in the media and improve coverage of the positive contribution young people make to society.
  • The Foundation seeks to promote employability programmes and has been developing partnerships with Future First and Young Enterprise to ensure that young people have the opportunity to make connections in the world of work and present themselves well at interview.
  • The Foundation will continue to offer a subsidy towards School Planners.
  • The Foundation will continue to support the work of Anthony Nolan through enabling them to raise awareness of blood cancer and recruit more young donors to the stem cell register.
  • The Foundation will continue to offer the Glee Club Challenge and will extend the competition to groups from North Kent and Surrey.
  • The Foundation is piloting two new programmes – The Maths Challenge in partnership with Mayors fund for London, engages 48 secondary schools in fun activity and puzzles that engage young people in the world of Mathematics. The Jack Petchey Faraday Challenge in partnership with IET will pilot a specific London and Essex based Faraday Challenge programme engaging up to 90 secondary schools and using the BBC Microbit to learn basic coding and invent a marketable product.
  • The Foundation will continue to promote its Small Grants Fund linked to the Achievement Award programme. Up to £450,000 is available. There will be two application rounds, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. Every organisation operating the Achievement Award scheme and recognising adults through the Leader Award will be invited to apply.
  • The Foundation has some funds available to support organisations on our Achievement Award Scheme who wish to organise Educational Trips. Up to £40,000 is available to help subsidise educational visits and trips.
  • The Foundation will continue to promote its Individual Grants for Volunteering programme. Up to £160,000 is available in grants to directly support young people who want to undertake voluntary work in the community.
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Jack Petchey celebrating his CBE.

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Jack Petchey

Don't look at things as a problem: Look at them as an opportunity”
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Funding school and youth organisations for more than 10 years.



I think the students really appreciate and value the responsibility that comes with winning the award, as much as the recognition the award itself brings
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Jack Petchey Academy