Education Project grant

Eligibility for “Third Aim” Education Grants

Third Aim grants are for educational projects in developing countries.  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).

These grants are not for individuals – for those seeking funding to support their time volunteering in education, please visit our Footprinter Grants page.

Supporting education across the developing world

Under its “Third Aim“, Hazel’s Footprints Trust is striving to improve the quality and reach of education across the developing world.

We do this in a number of different ways including funding both capital spend and running costs of educational projects in need.  Our funding is always provided through UK partner charities, usually at a grass-roots level.

We call these our ‘Third Aim Grants’ and they make up the largest proportion of what Hazel’s Footprints Trust is doing at the moment. For example over the last few years we have sent:

  • £1,300 for IT school equipment in Malawi
  • £4,000 for an outreach teacher for deaf children in Kenya
  • £6,000 for a new library in Cameroon
  • £5,000 for two years of a head teacher’s salary in Sierra Leone
  • £1,500 for a Tanzanian classroom refit
  • £9,500 for two new classrooms in Madagascar
  • £12,900 for teachers salaries in rural India over 3 years

This is just a small proportion of the work that we have done so far and we are eager to do much more in the future. We are aware that new facilities and security of running costs can really help to change the futures of those people who benefit.

If you run a grass roots 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.


  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are operating a much-reduced service due to the challenges of getting Trustees together for meetings. This means we may not be able to review your application for several months. If you’d like to discuss this, please contact us before writing your application. 
  • We can only accept applications from UK charities working with educational projects in developing countries. These UK charities also should be registered with the Charities Commission or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept applications directly from projects in developing countries. 
  • We accept applications ahead of our twice-yearly Trustee meetings.  Third Aim applications must be submitted by mid-February to be considered at our May meeting or by mid-August to be considered our November meeting. 
  • From that point, the Trustees take time to meet applicants in person where they meet our minimum criteria.

*** Download the Third Aim grant funding application form here ***


For Footprinter application forms (i.e. those seeking personal grants for volunteering), please click here for further info.