Funding from the Foundation

Sirius Minerals Foundation funding to date infographic

Sirius Minerals Foundation receives an annual donation from the Woodsmith Mine through Anglo American plc. From April 2021 to May 2022 the Foundation plans to award grants totalling approximately £1.5m against our five charitable objectives which can be found here.

In August 2021 we awarded 36 grants to support and enable Covid-19 recovery. These projects will be delivered over 12 months and are focused on helping people in our communities to get out and about, regain their confidence and restart their lives, as the country begins to come out of lockdown.

In December 2021 we awarded 27 grants to support children and young people to have Time Together. These grants were to organisations working with existing groups of children and young people who had asked them what fun activity they would love to do together after a tough few years. We are pleased to be able to fund a wide range of activities that will leave the children with some lovely memories of having time together with their friends.

Planned grant rounds up until May 2022 include:

  • Climate Change open grants round – funding round closed on 6 December and applications are currently being assessed. We anticipate letting applicants know the outcome by the end of February 2022.
  • Children’s and Young People Emotional Wellbeing open grant round – funding round open and details below.
  • Small Capital and Training Grants open round – funding round open and details below.
  • Young and Talented fund – to offer support to children and young people with a demonstrable talent but who have financial constraints that may stop them reaching their full potential. Due to launch in January 2022 and will be open for applications at any time with decisions on grants made monthly.

Open Grant Round – Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support for Children & Young People

We are currently accepting applications for programmes of work that focus upon providing support for local children and young people with emotional health and wellbeing needs.

We understand that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on many children and young people’s mental health and emotional well-being and as a result, many are struggling and lacking the support they deserve to move forward positively with their lives. In response, Sirius Minerals Foundation have launched a £440,000 grant pot, focussing upon providing longer term support for children and young people with emotional health and wellbeing needs.

Open Funding Round – Small Capital and Training Grants

We are currently accepting applications for projects that will help facilities re-open or create new space and for organisations to extend their existing work. The grants are for capital spend or essential coaching or other staff training. Please see the grant guidance for more information.

In addition to the open grant rounds the Foundation will be running a schools competition, piloting a rolling fund to support individual young people to achieve their potential, and considering how we can support our grantees with their own environmental sustainability. We are currently developing our thinking on community and youth leadership, community assets, social enterprise support and maximising the impact of previous grant investments.

Over the next year the Trustees will be developing the Foundation’s strategy for medium to long term funding. We reserve the right to change our funding plans and ask you to check our website and Twitter feed (@s_m_foundation) for the latest information and details when the grant rounds go live.

If your project idea does not fit a current or planned open grant round it may still be of interest to the Foundation if it meets one of our five charitable objectives. We are happy to have a conversation about your idea and the best approach is to email info@siriusmineralsfoundation.co.uk with further information or call Leah Swain on 07724 832982 for a chat.

For each open grant round we strongly encourage you to send in your application early and not wait until the closing date. If we receive your application form two weeks or so before the closing date we have time to do a quick initial review and to come back to you if we spot anything we think may be an issue at the assessment stage.

We can also get in touch with you if we think your project is not eligible or not a good fit for the funding round you have applied for and you would then still have time to think about an alternative project that might be better for the funding round or to look at alternative open grant rounds we may have live.


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

Sirius Minerals Foundation

Sirius Minerals Foundation is a Limited Company registered in England – registration number: 08087609.

Registered as a charity in England - registration number: 1163127. Registered office: Resolution House, Lake View, Scarborough YO11 3ZB.

At the Sirius Minerals Foundation, we only deal with issues related to grant-making. Please contact the Company directly in relation to any information on Woodsmith Mine itself or on its owner, Anglo American Plc.


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