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

How to apply

Read all the information and keen to apply for a grant? We hope so!

The sections below should help answer any further questions you have.

Who can apply for a grant?

In order to apply for a grant you must:

  • Live in London or Essex.
  • Be aged 11 -25 at the time of your project.
  • Ensure that your project involves voluntary work.
  • Be involved in this project with a recognised UK based organisation**.
  • Apply at least 3 months but not more than 9 months before the project's start date.
  • Be making a financial contribution by raising at least 50% of the cost yourself.
  • Commit to submitting a report after the project which may be used on the our website /in local press.

** Educational establishments, youth groups, registered charities or organisations experienced in planning volunteering programmes that are registered or based in the UK. 

Unfortunately we cannot fund:

  • Applications made on the behalf of a group of young people.
  • Individuals who have previously received an Individual Grant for Volunteering.
  • Applications where you are delivering the project by yourself and not with a UK based organisation.
  • Applications where you are delivering the project with an organisation based  or registered outside of the UK.

What is the criteria for my volunteering project?

The project you are involved in must achieve the following objectives:

  • Be of clear benefit to other young people/the wider community.
  • Help raise your aspirations and achieve more out of life.
  • Challenge you and increase your personal or social development.
  • Volunteering must be the main focus of your project

Unfortunatley we cannot fund projects that are:

  • Individual training or education courses.
  • Specialist equipment, clothing or items required for a specific event.
  • Attendance at local, national or international competitions (i.e. sports or dance).
  • Personal holidays or student exchange programmes.
  • Projects that are established ONLY for the purposes of promoting a specific political or religious belief.

How much can I apply for?

We will fund up to 50% of the cost of your project and no more than £400 per person.

We expect you to be committed to raising the balance. This links into Jack Petchey’s philosophy of 50/50.

“If you believe in something and are prepared to raise 50% yourself, then I will consider backing you!”
Jack Petchey CBE

 For example:
    If your total project cost is £200, we may award a maximum of £100
    If your total project cost is £1,000, we may award a maximum of £400

How do I make an application?

Before you complete an application form, we recommend that you print and read the Frequently asked questions and the Application Guidance. The application guidance will provide hints and tips on how to complete a good application.


All applications must be submitted using the online application form.

(Please note you will be required to provide information about your volunteering project, the organisation you will be working with and specific details about the grant request. Please click here to read the statement of how we will use the information and data you have provided).

Please click here to access the form.

Once you have started filling in your application you may need to provide certain information to us that you may not have to hand. This is fine as you can save and return to the form later by logging back in and clicking 'continue'.

Some questions also have some ‘help and guidance’ attached to them, so when you see the big red ‘?’ please click on it for some help.

All applications must:

1. Be completed by the person requesting support.
2. Be endorsed by a responsible adult who is not related to the applicant or directly involved in the project itself.

Once you have sent your application successfully you will receive an automated confirmation email with your unique reference number - please save a copy of this for you records.

If we need to ask you any additional questions we will contact you. Please ensure that you provide accurate contact information so that your application is not held up.

Are there any specific documents I will need to provide in support of my application?

No... but you must provide the details of someone who can act as a reference for your application. Choose someone who knows you well, and make sure they know we will be contacting them. This will mean they can look out for our emails and reply promptly so as not to delay your application.

How long does the process take?

A typical application will take up to 8 weeks from the date that you submitted your application form. However at busy times, it may take up to 12 weeks to process your application.

If you would like an update on the progress of your application, please contact us on 020 8252 8000.

Alex Black

Alex Black, Romania

“Overall though the project provided me with sheer joy, and so many incredibly happy memories which I will cherish for all my life.”