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We periodically offer Open Grant opportunities to those organisations that are a part of our Achievement Award scheme to provide further opportunities for young people across London and Essex.

Open Grants 2021

Applications are now OPEN until October 29th at 5pm for our Jack Petchey’s ReIgnite Grants: A Year of Opportunities, APPLY NOW!

We are pleased to announce we are launching another round of Open Grants for youth organisations in London and Essex to apply to. This year, our ReIgnite Grants are focused around funding A Year of Opportunities for young people, in which organisations can use the funds to attract more young people into their services as well as to increase the services they can provide.

We will be offering two levels of funding. Smaller grants of between £3-5,000, or larger grants of up to £20,000. Whilst we will be asking the same questions of all applicants, more detail will be expected in the application form for larger grants. You will be asked to give a full budget for your activities as part of the application. For more information about the application form and process, please read our Information Document.

ReIgnite Grants could be for re-engaging young people previously involved in activities who have lost contact / confidence / ability to be involved as a result of the pandemic, and/or, to encourage new members who may not previously have been aware of / or involved in youth activity. Grants could also enable youth organisations to afford to plan taster sessions, or for extra sessions throughout the holidays in 2022, or to make adaptations to be able to support more young people and provide great service for increased demand.

Important information:

  • Organisations wishing to apply for these grants must be successfully operating the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme
  • Grants must be used to support 11-25 year olds in London and Essex
  • This fund is for organisations working with young people, schools are not eligible
  • Please note, all successful ReIgnite grants should be fully spent by the end of December 2022
  • Please read our full information document here before applying

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Check out some examples of our previous Open Grant projects below – from small grass-roots projects to larger scale developments that will benefit generations of young people to come.

COVID Recovery Fund

Our COVID Recovery Fund, focused on helping youth organisations build back better after the impact of the national lockdowns, started December 2020 and was awarded to 27 youth organisations across London and Essex for a wide variety of projects.

One grantee, Thurrock Swimming Club, used the funds to offer 12 months of free swimming lessons to young carers and young adults with special educational needs. Read the full case study below.

Case Study


Giving Something Back Grants

Our Giving Something Back grants was an open grant programme that actually started before the pandemic truly started to affect the country. Kicking off in February 2020, it turns out it couldn’t have come at a better time to support groups mobilise young people to take action and give back to the services they benefit from.


The Sir Jack Petchey Stand

The Jack Petchey Foundation was one of several funders contributing to a new multi-purpose pitch suitable for all size football matches, with a designated stand named after Sir Jack Petchey himself at Frenford Club, Ilford.

Case Study

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