Class People makes final call for school project grant applications

Daisy Hall
Authored by Daisy Hall
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 20:46

Independent education recruitment specialist Class People is appealing for new school project applications before the current round of funding deadline approaches - with £1,500 for each project up for grabs to support school communities across the South West of England.

The Exeter-based business’s charitable organisation, the Class People Foundation, supports the welfare, wellbeing and aspirations of children and young people in early foundation stage, primary and secondary education. The deadline for its current round of funding is Friday, 5th April.

Nominations are open for schools and nurseries to put themselves in the frame to receive funding of up to £1,500 per establishment to support a wide range of projects. The Foundation annually dedicates funds to eligible establishments generated from the recruitment business’s profits and through the fundraising and voluntary time of its staff.

Officially launched in 2021, the annual grant has so far supported a dozen schools with various projects worth around £10,000 and is hoping to fund at least ten more this year. The grant fund is accessible to all schools and nurseries across both regions, who can use the funds to support running or capital costs, for sports kits, residential trips, events and other activities. 

Lynis Bassett, Founder and Trustee of Class People Foundation, said: “As a former education professional, I along with the team understand only too well the increasing financial challenges faced within the education sector. We also know that the relationships between schools and the families in their communities extend beyond the classroom. Through The Foundation’s grant giving, we are able to support projects which improve the lives and learning of school-aged children and young people. In the 2018/19 academic year alone, we put aside £10,000 in support of our local schools and nurseries.

“Our funding also addresses another growing need, as more families experience poverty in the face of rising living costs. A grant from The Foundation can, for instance, provide school uniforms for families who are struggling or offer schools a little extra to support meals for hungry children. Alternatively, a bursary from us can alleviate the pressure on a student to leave school and start earning. Our aim is to significantly grow this funding pot through increased fundraising support over the next few years, to ensure as many schoolchildren and local communities as possible get to benefit from a grant.”

If you’d like to apply for a grant, tell us about your project and how it will help to improve the lives and learning opportunities of the children and young people in your school community, using the online application form found here.