The Thomas Howell's Education Fund for North Wales (THEFNW) - How To Apply
Guidelines: How to Apply

What grants are awarded for
Who might be eligible for a THEFNW grant?
How much do we apply for?
How do we apply?
When can we apply?
When will we hear if we have been successful?
How can we find out more?

Note to successful applicants

What grants are awarded for
Grants are awarded to support the education of young people under the age of 25 in North Wales(1), particularly those from a low-income, otherwise disadvantaged background or area of high deprivation. Funding is typically provided on a one-off basis (2) for projects that:
  • Improve pupil inclusiveness or relieve student hardship;
  • Through outdoor activities build leadership, develop personal qualities or enhance awareness of the local     environment;
  • Fill gaps in educational provision or resources that are not funded by the Local Education Authority (“LEA”) or other public body;
  • Enrich the learning experience of pupils that need encouragement;
  • Broaden perspective on subjects taught at secondary school;
  • Improve literacy and numeracy standards at primary school;
  • Support students at Further and Higher Educational institutions;
  • Broaden the horizons of young people within their local communities;
  • Address educational shortcomings highlighted in ESTYN inspections.
Grants are typically not provided:

  • To individual applicants;
  • Playgroups or personal education;
  • On a rolling/annual basis (although see footnote 2 above);
  • For projects where LEA monies or other public funding should be available;
  • For bursaries or fees;
  • For help with budget shortfalls for LEA funded projects;
  • To organisations or institutions that have received THEFNW funding in the last 3 years;
  • For overheads or running costs (unless as a direct result of the project for which funding is sought).

Who might be eligible for a THEFNW grant?
Schools, colleges and other charities or educational organisations can apply for grants to promote the education of young people living in North Wales who are under the age of 25.  Grants are not typically awarded to individuals.
How much do we apply for?
There is no upper limit on grants awarded, but few grants are made over £10,000.  Requests for larger grants will be subject to greater scrutiny and may take longer to reach an outcome.

How do we apply?
Please plan your project carefully.  Asking for items that THEFNW does not typically fund, poor planning, and insufficient budgetary information are common reasons for unsuccessful applications.
Please send us your completed application form for funding and (if not a school or college) a set of your most recent audited accounts or trustees report.
Helpful tips when preparing your application form include the following:
  • Complete all relevant sections of the form in a font size of not less than 11 and adhering to the maximum word limitations, where specified;
  • Be as concise as possible and limit the completed  application form to a maximum of five sides of A4;
  • Include all relevant information in the form, rather than stating “please see attached documents”;
  • Submit audited accounts and trustee reports that are not more than 12 months old;
  • Do not enclose additional information that is not requested;
  • Use only the application form provided to make your submission;
  • Enclose an English translation if you wish to submit your application in Welsh;
  • The application form should be single sided and completed as a Word document or in black ink.
  • Appplications from schools should be endorsed and counter-signed by the Headteacher.
Please send your application to:

Mrs Susan Mayall
Administrator of the Thomas Howell’s Education Fund for North Wales
LL31 9RG
When can we apply?
You can apply at any time of the year. Applications are considered at meetings in November, March and June. In order to be considered, completed applications should be submitted at least five weeks before the date of the meeting.

The next meeting dates are:
10 November 2020
17 March 2021
8 June 2021

Applications received after the deadline will be retained and presented to the next meeting.

When will we hear if we have been successful?
Applicants are usually told the outcome, in writing, within two weeks of the meeting date. Payment of grants will be by BACS transfer. Unsuccessful applicants should wait at least one year before reapplying.
How can we find out more?
Please contact Administrator of THEFNW.
Telephone: 07979 900010
Note to successful applicants
Successful applicants will be expected to submit an evaluation report within twelve months outlining whether the aims and outcomes have been achieved.  Where the grant is to be paid in annual installments, release of the next tranche of funding will be subject to the satisfactory outcome of the evaluation review.


[1] Anglesey, Conway, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham districts.
[2] Occasionally, multi-year grants may be awarded, but not normally for longer than 3 years.

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