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Wolfson Foundation

Wolfson Foundation

Secondary Education programme deadlines: the lead-in time from a Stage 1 application to consideration by Trustees is longer than for our other funding programmes, due to our policy of visiting schools as a part of the application process.

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The Wolfson Foundation runs two funding rounds each year (operates to a slightly different timetable than the Secondary Education programme), a Spring and Autumn round. For most programme areas, the key dates are:

Spring round
Stage 1 applications: accepted no later than 5th January
Stage 2 applications: deadline 1st March
Funding decision: June

Autumn round
Stage 1 applications: accepted no later than 1st July
Stage 2 applications: deadline 1st September
Funding decision: December


Please note that there may be a cap on the number of applications that are invited for each funding round and it is therefore advisable to submit your application well in advance of the Stage 1 deadline dates. Applications received before the Stage 1 deadline may be deferred until a later funding round if the current one is over-subscribed.

Secondary Education

Who can apply - Special schools and special colleges are eligible to apply under this funding programme, as are charities providing education and employment opportunities to adults with learning disabilities.

Disability and Special Needs

Throughout its history the Wolfson Foundation has not only funded medical research but has also made awards for people with particular health needs or disabilities, often through smaller charities doing excellent work in a specific local community.

Capital projects include building refurbishments, new buildings, or extensions. The purchase of specialist equipment can be funded where a strong case is made. These grants are awarded to charities of all sizes, in the following areas: 

- learning disabilities and mental health 
- physical disabilities (including visual or hearing impairments and rehabilitation)
- older people

Successful grant applications generally have identified gaps in local provision or made an attempt to meet increasing demand on services, with careful regard for the sustainability of their project in an increasingly challenging climate.

Nearly £10 million has been awarded over the last five years, to over 200 different organisations.

We are particularly interested in hearing from organisations working with disabilities for which it may be harder to raise funds from the public.

We generally only fund capital projects (buildings/refurbishment, equipment) and only award grants to charities or organisations with charitable status (or equivalent). We fund within four main programme areas, and you will find more details on eligibility criteria within the relevant area: Science & Medicine; Arts & Humanities; Education; Health & Disability

Please visit our How to apply page for details of the application process. Once you have read the relevant pages on our website to check that your project is eligible, you can submit a Stage 1 application via our online forms (found on the relevant funding programme page).

The Wolfson Foundation has a two stage application process. These pages explain the process and timing of making an application. Details of eligibility and what we fund are contained within the various funding programme pages. Please note that, under some funding programmes, applicants are asked to submit via partner organisations, and so the application process and deadlines may vary from those described here. Such cases are signposted within the relevant programme area pages.

We are committed to rigorous assessment in order to fund high quality projects. All applications undergo detailed internal review and assessment by external experts. As such, the time between submission of a Stage 1 application and a funding decision on a Stage 2 application will be a minimum of some five months (and may in some cases be substantially longer). As we do not make retrospective grants (i.e. your project will need to be ongoing at the time that it is considered by our Trustees), it is important to plan carefully the timing of your application.

The pages in this section provide an overview of the timing of the application process and what is required at each stage.

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