Young and Talented

Open Grant Round

We are accepting applications for children and young people who can demonstrate exceptional skill in their chosen subject, but who face barriers to reaching their potential due to lacking the funding they need to progress.

We understand that in many cases, the financial pressures placed upon their families can become increasingly prohibitive the more the young person advances. These costs can be difficult to keep up with and this may be particularly challenging for some of the talented children and young people in our area, who live in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England.

Although this funding will not be means tested, we will ask all applicants about other funding options as part of the application process. This funding is aimed at supporting young people where their family or carer is unable to afford to do so.

The activity funded must only be for young people normally living in the Foundation’s area of benefit. Our area of benefit is the Borough of Scarborough, the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland, and the North York Moors National Park. Grants of up to £1,500 are available.

We will accept applications to support children and young people up to the age of 18 who have already demonstrated exceptional talent in their chosen subject. Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, would be eligible up to the age of 25. You can also apply for funding for care leavers up to the age of 25.

The Young and Talented Fund is aimed at essential funding needed for a young person to progress in any chosen subject. We like to think of talents in the widest possible way. Examples could include: an academic subject, chess, dance, art, writing, music, drama and sports of all kinds – from skateboarding and surfing to horse riding and athletics. We would stress that this is by no means an exhaustive list. The focus is on the fact that the young person is already operating at a high level and excelling in their subject.

Examples of the types of things we may be able to fund include:

  • Competition fees
  • Transport or accommodation costs
  • Specialist coaching/tuition
  • Exam or qualification fees
  • Essential equipment or clothing.

Applications to the fund can be made by either; trusted adults – this is our preferred application route; or where this is not possible, by parents/guardians of the young person themselves. We only accept applications from parents/guardians in exceptional circumstances.

All applications require an independent reference provided by a professional expert who can comment on the young person’s level of ability and potential to progress.


How to apply


The Woodsmith Foundation is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
Charity number: 1163127