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Educational Projects

Each year, Hazel's Footprints Trust offers a small number of grants for Educational Projects in developing countries. Typical grants range from £2,000 to £15,000.

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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.

Handwashing at Ngambenyi using the drip system

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.

Project

  1. 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
  2. The project is in a developing country
  3. 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)
  4. 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.

Applying organisation

  • 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

 

Porridge & Pens - new classrooms on track at Brightlingsea

29th 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 grant

11th 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 lockdown

13th 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…

 

Kianh Foundation: update after 12 months of grant funding

13th 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-safety

25th 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…

 

Pamoja Leo helping children to stay in education through COVID

3rd February 2021

Hazel’s Footprints has been supporting Pamoja Leo, an amazing charity operating in Tanga, Tanzania. Pamojoa Leo works to support orphaned and vulnerable children who struggle to access education. Hazel’s Footprints initially…

 

Porridge & Pens: A letter from the pandemic

24th January 2021

Last month, we received a letter from Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge & Pens, to update on school life in Ghana amid the global pandemic. In 2020, we agreed to fund…

 

Open Way education continues through the pandemic

1st December 2020

Hazel’s Footprints Trust has been supporting an incredible organisation, Open Way, which operates in rural Ethiopia, since 2017. We provide funding for the salaries of 9 pre-school teachers. Overall, Open Way has…

 

EdUKaid: Completed school renovation at Mkwajuni Primary, Tanzania

20th September 2020

Last year, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided an Educational Project Grant to EdUKaid to support renovations at Mkwajuni Primary in Tanzania. The grant of £9714 paid for the renovation of seven…

 

Tanzanian Secondary School has been "Made with Hope"

16th May 2019

Last summer, we made a “third aim” grant of £8,900 to a wonderful UK-based charity called Made with Hope. A brand new school, CHETI Secondary, is now open thanks in part to this…

 
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