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Equipment Grants for Disabled and Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society's Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports projects help mentally, physically disadvantaged children under the cognitive age of 25. Each year the charity supports around 70 projects.

Through the programme funding is available for:

  •          Buildings and extensions
  •          Equipment and activity aids
  •          Sensory rooms and gardens
  •          Playgrounds and sports areas
  •          Soft playrooms.

The funding available is for capital items only and will not support revenue costs such as staffing and other ongoing costs. There is no maximum grant limit but projects under £5,000 are unlikely to be considered. Wooden Spoon’s contribution may be
up to 100% of the cost, though beneficiary organisations will be encouraged, where practicable, to raise a proportion themselves. 

Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon Society has made grants of over £31 million to more than 1,400 projects.

If a project is educational or disability sports-focused, there must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people.

Projects funded in the past have included:

  • Ashmount School in Leicestershire, which received a grant of £13,500 towards a sensory room.
  • Enfield Heights Academy in London which received a grant of £23,000 to improve its play areas.
  • The Colehill & Wimborne Youth & Community Centre which received a grant of £8,000 towards a wheelchair lift.

Applications can be submitted at any time. 


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