About John Lyon’s Charity

John Lyon’s Charity gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in northwest London: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster.

The Charity’s mission is to promote the life chances of children and young people through education. Grants are awarded to registered charities and organisations with automatic charitable status. Grants are awarded to organisations that work with young people up to the age of 25 (or sometimes up to 30 for young people with disabilities).

In accordance with the aims of John Lyon’s Foundation, the Charity’s priority is education. However, the Charity sees education in its broadest sense. It supports a wide range of projects that provide opportunities for young people to participate in a wide range of activities.

The Charity’s grant-giving is divided into nine Programme Areas:

These areas demonstrate the breadth of the Charity’s grant-giving priorities. Typically, more grants are awarded under Education & Learning, Arts & Science and Youth Clubs but this is in response to the applications made.

In the last financial year (2017/18) the Charity awarded grants in excess of £10.2 million – a considerable sum to benefit children and young people in only nine boroughs in London. It is the Charity’s goal to be an approachable, flexible funder that responds to the needs of the voluntary sector in the nine boroughs – supporting them to do what they do best. The commitment to do this is demonstrated in the Charity’s willingness to support the core costs of organisations – helping them to stay open in an environment where this kind of funding is hard to find.

For more information on the work of the Charity, please see our website www.jlc.london.