Quadstar Foundation Award

Status: Open to application

Deadline: 3rd July


Grants are available for small, local voluntary and community groups, registered charities, and not-for-profit social enterprises in the UK with projects that focus on helping children and young people (aged 5 to 21 years) thrive.


Maximum Turnover: £299,000

Maximum Turnover: £10,000

Minimum Value: £3,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available.

Extended Description

Quadstar Foundation is a new charity that provides seed grants and mentoring to young, innovative and dynamic charities and social enterprise projects that focus on helping children and young people thrive.

The Quadstar Foundation’s Awards programme will support a wide range of ideas that help children and young people in their development and well-being. It particularly focuses on activities that support children and young people’s happiness and confidence as an antidote to modern pressures and to support their opportunities and aspirations through activities such as sport, creative arts and outdoor adventures.

Latest Information

The deadline for stage one applications is 3 July 2017 (5pm).

Key Criteria

Registered charities, voluntary and community groups, and not for profit social enterprises or Community Interest Companies can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise.
  • Have an annual income of less than £300,000.
  • Have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules.
  • Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members (two for social enterprises).
  • Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the organisation’s name, with at least two unrelated signatories
  • Have a Child Protection Policy.
  • Be working in the UK.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects that are working towards one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improving children and young people’s emotional resilience and mental wellbeing.
  • Increasing children and young people’s opportunities.
  • Empowering children and young people to become more confident and pursue their aspirations.

Priority will be given to projects that are working toward becoming sustainable.

The grants can be used for any element of the organisation's work as long as it is charitable. Grants must be spent within a 24-month period.

The Quadstar Foundation expects successful applicants to be proactive in identifying areas they require support with, taking part in mentoring and networking events. Beyond the life of the grant, the Foundation anticipates successful applicants will have an on-going relationship with the Foundation to enable subsequent grant holders to benefit from their skills and experience.

Match Funding Restrictions

Although match funding is not required, priority will be given to organisations or projects which are working to be more sustainable. Diversity of funding may be part of this.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • National charities or organisations with an annual income exceeding £300,000.
  • Applications from or on behalf of individuals.
  • Projects where a significant part of the grant will be passed to another organisation to deliver activities.
  • Statutory organisations, eg, projects within the NHS, or projects for school-aged children in school time, projects which should be funded by public services.
  • Activities which are political or religious in intention, practice or appearance.
  • Projects that have already happened.
  • Loan repayments, contingency costs and fundraising.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Research.

Application Procedure

Applications are to be made via the Quadstar Foundation website. Applicants should first read the guidance notes and frequently asked questions that can be found on the Foundation's website.

There is a two-stage application process. Applicants that are successful at the first stage will be invited to submit a stage two application form with supporting documents.

Contact the Quadstar Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Contact details:  Lou Cook

Quadstar Foundation 
Hazeley Bottom 
Hartley Wintney 
RG27 8LU
01252 845 988