British and Foreign School Society 

Status: Open for applications.  

Deadline: 08 April 2019


Grants are available for UK registered charities to advance educational opportunities in remote or impoverished areas of the UK and around the world.


Minimum Turnover: £ 5,000

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the BFSS, and there is no minimum or maximum level of funding.

Extended Description

The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) provides grants to organisations with UK charitable status for educational activities.

The funding is intended to support charitable organisations that reach out to children and young people in remote or impoverished areas, improving inclusivity in education and providing much-needed facilities. Funding is project based for the purpose of advancing educational opportunity.

The Society no longer makes grants for individuals.

Latest Information

The next application deadlines are 8 April 2019 and 19 August 2019.

Key Criteria

Registered charities and organisations with officially recognised charitable status in the UK can apply:

  • A UK registered charity.
  • A UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
  • A UK school, college or university with charitable status or which is an "exempt charity".

Organisations should have continuous UK accounts for at least three years. Their actual income should be no more than £4 million and in each of the last three years should have been at least £5,000.

Organisations should reach out to children and young people in remote or impoverished areas to extend access to education and provide much-needed facilities. Examples of countries where projects have been funded are: Afghanistan, Burma, the DRC, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK and Zambia.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to the Society’s values of equality of opportunity, integrity, tolerance and respect for others.
  • That proper procedures are in place to protect children if the project involves working with children.

The Trustees will consider proposals for collaborative projects involving international partners and agencies.

Eligible Expenditure

BFSS does not fund ongoing programmes unless these are entering a distinct new phase of development. This means the project must fall into one of the following categories:

  • New project.
  • Pilot.
  • Distinct new phase of development.

The funding is for projects which fall into one of the following categories:

  • School construction - with a clear link to quality of education provided.
  • Delivery of academic and vocational education.
  • Teacher training.
  • Learning resources and equipment including ICT.
  • Community and supplementary education.
  • Education for street children/vulnerable children
  • Research related to educational service development. Please note that research is not funded unless linked to direct impact on educational service development.
  • Other activities/services that will widen educational access and opportunity and raise educational achievement.

Projects must benefit children and young people suffering from the impact of poverty, community disadvantage, social exclusion, special educational needs which are not adequately met and/or who are living in areas that have suffered from conflict or natural disaster.

Match Funding Restrictions

The Society is particularly interested in applications that can demonstrate match funding or a contribution in kind.

The matched funding or contribution in kind might be provided by the community itself or by a co-funder. Where an application involves a co-funder, Trustees will wish to be satisfied that the co-funding organisation shares its values.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Health projects without a clear education link (except where used as a means of achieving educational outcomes).
  • Water and sanitation projects without a clear education link (except where there is a very clear link to education access/attainment).
  • Transport or other travel costs.
  • The arts (unless where used as a means of achieving educational outcomes).
  • Sport and sports facilities (unless where used as a means of achieving educational outcomes).
  • Special or one-off events e.g. conferences, seminars, expeditions, summer camps.
  • Bursaries, scholarships and endowments.
  • Expeditions and overseas travel.
  • Individual volunteering overseas.
  • Ongoing programmes.
  • Salaries and running costs.
  • Research other than on educational service development.

Application Procedure

An online application form can be found here.

Contact the British & Foreign School Society for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms are available to download here.

Contact details:
Belinda Lawrance
British and Foreign School Society 
32-36 Loman Street 
0207 9227814