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

Individual Grants For Volunteering

This is a grants programme specifically for young people. 

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Bibi Husseinbor, Progreesio International Citizen Service. 

The Jack Petchey Foundation wants to support young people who volunteer their free time to help others in need.

The purpose of this fund is to give you the opportunity to achieve more out of life and we want to encourage you to take on new challenges and develop your personal and social skills through volunteering.

Bibi Husseinbor received a grant and told us "I would recommend this (volunteering) to anyone, it has certainly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life!"

So, if you are planning a volunteer project in your local community or abroad and need financial assistance with the cost, please read on!

What are examples of individual grants for volunteering? 

Young people can apply for a huge variety of projects. 


Some examples of projects that we would fund: 

  • A conservation project to improve the environment for others. 
  • A trip that you are helping out on for other disadvantaged people in your community. 
  • Voluntary service either overseas or in your local community. 
  • You are less likely to be successful if your project is a trip that includes an expedition/trek/safari etc. and only a small element of voluntary work involved.

What are the benefits of applying for a grant?

We recognise that you are putting great time and effort into both your project, and the fundraising you need to achieve it. 


This is why the Foundation decided to set up this funding stream to support you in your efforts. 


David Nicholls, who went to Lourdes, France assisting disabled young people told us "the week was extremely rewarding as a helper. I witnessed how the week benefitted and even transformed the children, and there wasn't a moment where most of the group weren't laughing!" 


Sam Thompson who received a grant to go to Tanzania on an agricultural and educational development project told us "I am looking forward to interacting with the local community, and giving back to people less fortunate than myself. I have been learning phrases from the local language, and I am keen to demonstrate a positive work ethic during my stay."

How many times can I apply for a grant? 

You can only be awarded a grant once.


However, if you apply and are unsuccessful, then you can apply again. 


If you have any questions that are not answered, please contact the Jack Petchey Foundation. 


Claire Tustain

Claire Tustain, Kenya

Through this experience I have learnt to appreciate what I have in life more and I have gained new friends and skills such as communication, verbal and written

Danielle Madigan in Vietnam