ASDAN Grants 2017: Guidelines for applications

ASDAN is organised as a charitable social enterprise. This means that we have charitable status and aim to run as a company that holds to a key vision and set of values.

As a part of this, we have established a charitable fund, which provides grants to ASDAN centres to do things differently, especially where this helps to increase educational opportunity and alleviate the effects of deprivation and poverty, both in this country and overseas.

Who can apply?

Any registered centre offering or intending to offer ASDAN programmes or qualifications, whether in the UK or overseas, can apply for a grant, except those who have received a grant from us in the last two years.

All successful grant recipients are expected to:

  • include reference to the activity and the ASDAN funding on their website, newsletters, social media (where applicable);
  • provide a report, with photos, about the project's development and successful outcomes

How much money is available?

Each year, we designate a percentage of any surplus funds generated in previous years towards the grants scheme. The total amount available for grant funding is usually around £30,000.

The maximum grant amount available per centre is £3,000.

What can the money be used for?

We give our funds to ASDAN centres that are looking to work in an innovative fashion within the broad framework of ASDAN's vision and values, to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people in this country and overseas.

Applications should focus on how the bid meets ASDAN's vision and values, is innovative and sustainable. The online application form will ask you to explain how your bid meets this criteria.

It’s expected that the majority of your grant will be spent in the 12 months following the award; however particular preference is given to activity that is sustainable or would benefit students year on year (e.g. to purchase resources/equipment that would continue to provide opportunities for future learners). Please do not apply for a grant if you do not expect the project activity to begin, or take place, in the next 12 months. The grants committee are also interested in applications where there is clear evidence of joint funding streams (e.g. from the school’s pupil premium fund; from students’ own fundraising activities).

This year, the grants committee would particularly welcome applications from centres supporting or working with young refugees.

Case studies of centres that have previously been awarded grants from ASDAN can be found below.

Is there anything ASDAN won't pay for?

We won’t give grants to pay for things that might reasonably be expected to come from a regular school budget. For example, we expect ASDAN students to have the same access to IT as any other student in a school, and we get very despondent if we receive applications that suggest we should fill a financial gap because a school is not providing additional resources to learners with the greatest financial or educational need.

Unless in exceptional circumstances (e.g. for extremely innovative proposals), we are unable to consider any grant that includes:

  • salaries, trainer or tutor fees
  • transport
  • venue hire costs
  • utilities

We are also unable to consider grants towards ASDAN resources including candidate fees, registration costs and training.

When and how can centres apply?

This year, the deadline for applications is 31 January 2017. We will only accept applications made through our online form.

Proposals will be considered in February and you will be advised of the outcome of your application by mid-March.

Important: Demand for ASDAN grants is always high. We strongly recommend that you ensure your application follows our guidelines closely. If you do not follow these guidelines, it is unlikely that ASDAN will be able to support your application. Should you need further help or advice please contact Emma Jones on 0117 954 3196 or email

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that this little bit extra will make a difference to young people’s lives.

Case Studies

The following centres have previously been awarded grants from ASDAN:

Apply for an ASDAN Grant

Applications for 2017 are now open.

Apply for an ASDAN Grant