Our Educational Project Grants
Hazel’s Footprints Trust was established with an aim to support access to education for children in developing countries. We are interested in providing grants to a small number of projects each year.
We fund via UK charity partners only and cannot accept applications directly from schools or projects in-country. Charities must be registered with the Charities Commission or the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR). Please read on for our full eligibility criteria.
These grants are not for individuals – for those seeking funding to support their time volunteering in education, please visit our Footprinter Volunteer Grants page.
Supporting education across the developing world
The importance of access to education in developing countries to improve health and livelihoods, contribute to social stability and drive long-term economic growth is well understood. Hazel’s Footprints provides educational project grants to grassroots-type charities with a track record of pursuing this goal and in doing so the Trust seeks to play a small part in improving access to education.
While varied in nature, all projects supported to date have access to education at their core, be that in helping prepare and motivate children to learn, creating and equipping effective environments for learning or helping to address specific learning needs. Examples include projects to provide a school with IT equipment, build a library, build and refurbish classrooms, build a school kitchen and fund specific educational programmes.
If you run a grassroots education-based project, via a UK charity, and you’re looking to make a step-change in the future of your project, then please do get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.
Eligibility for educational project grants
We fund via UK charity partners only and cannot accept applications directly from schools or projects in-country. Charities must be registered with the Charities Commission or the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR).
To help establish whether your project would be eligible for consideration, please review the following guidelines.
- The project offers access to education at its core, be that in helping prepare and motivate children to learn, creating and equipping effective environments for learning or helping to address specific learning needs
- The project is in a developing country
- Funding requested is no more than £25,000 (note that grants are typically between £2,000 and £15,000 and larger sums will only be considered in exceptional circumstances)
- Funding should be for a specific educational purpose. It must be ring-fenced for either a capital project (e.g. classroom renovation) or for a named operational cost (e.g. a headteacher salary). Applications for general funds, feeding programmes and sponsorship of children will not be considered.
- The applicant organisation is a UK registered charity in good standing
- The applicant organisation has an average annual turnover for the past 3 years of under £200,000
- The applicant organisation has a demonstratable track record of effectively delivering projects in the region in which the project will take place
- The applicant organisation has documented policies covering child protection
Apply for Educational Project Grant Funding
If you are happy that you meet all of our eligibility criteria above, you can apply for a grant. Note that we typically have two funding rounds each year – one in May/June and one in November/December. You must apply no later than mid-February and mid-August respectively to be considered at the next funding round.
In recent years, we have funded
£1,300 for IT School equipment in Malawi
£4,000 for an outreach teacher for deaf children in Kenya
£3,900 for computer room at a school in The Gambia
£8,544 for a special educational needs teacher in Vietnam
£3,000 for a vocational skills project for girls in Rwanda
£9,000 for a social worker to help children access education in Tanzania
£3,600 a year for 9 pre-school classes in Ethiopia
£8,900 to complete a secondary school project in Tanzania
£5,000 for covid handwashing facilities at schools in Kenya
£12,960 for teachers at an innovative school in rural India
This is just a small proportion of the projects we have funded so far and we are eager to support many more in the future.
We are aware that new facilities and guaranteeing specific running costs can really help to change the futures of schools in developing countries.
If you run a grass-roots education-based project, via a UK charity, and you’re looking for financial support for a specific initiative, you may be eligible to apply for a grant.
Educational Projects News
Report from Open Way Pre-Schools in Ethiopia1st May 2023
In 2022, the Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints extended our support to 9 pre-school classes in Ethiopia by funding teachers’ salaries for a further 2 years. We have been supporting this…
3 years of support at Pamoja Leo21st March 2023
Three years ago, just before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we offered grant funding to a fantastic charity called Pamoja Leo. The charity operates from its Early Childhood & Development Centre…
Brightlingsea Classrooms shine in Ghana21st December 2022
We are really pleased to hear from Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge & Pens Ghana, on her return from Brightlingsea school. Regular readers of our news will know that we…
Finishing touches on classroom renovations at Chanzige A school21st October 2022
We’ve just had a lovely update from Champion Chanzige on further progress with a classroom which was renovated over the summer. In May of this year, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided…
Porridge & Pens - new classrooms on track at Brightlingsea29th September 2022
In recent years, we’ve built a strong relationship with Porridge & Pens, operating in Ghana. We’ve funded two years of the headteacher’s salary at Brightlingsea Academy and, prior to that,…
Team Kenya: libraries and teacher training supported with £5k grant11th August 2022
Early in 2022, Hazel’s Footprints Trust awarded an educational project grant of £5,000 to Team Kenya, a UK charity working in Ndhiwa, rural Kenya. Team Kenya supports girls in accessing…
Kianh Foundation: day centre reopens after Vietnam lockdown13th March 2022
The Kianh Foundation in Vietnam benefitted from grant funding for the salary of the Lead Teacher of the Big Bears class at Dien Ban Day Centre. The centre provides education…
Kibasila Primary School classroom renovations1st December 2021
In June 2021, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided a grant of £6,500 to Champion Chanzige for the renovation of two classrooms at a primary school in Tanzania. The school is Kibasila…
Kianh Foundation: update after 12 months of grant funding13th September 2021
A year ago, the Kianh Foundation in Vietnam benefitted from grant funding for the salary of the Lead Teacher of the Big Bears class at Dien Ban Day Centre. The…
Ngambenyi School all set for 2021 with COVID-safety25th February 2021
As schools start to return in Scotland this week from another COVID-lockdown, we are thinking about all of the schools around the world which are less fortunate. For most of…