The JJ Charitable Trust - Literacy Small Grants Scheme
The JJ Charitable Trust seeks to improve the effectiveness of literacy teaching in primary and secondary education for children with learning difficulties, including dyslexia.  

Our work has a particular focus on areas of social need and those who are at risk of non-inclusion in society and the world of work.   

Funding Priorities

Our small grants scheme funds charities and community groups that directly help children and young people develop literacy skills, with a focus on supporting those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

We are keen to see applications for projects that use volunteers and reading mentors and those that help during transitional points. For example, when students move from primary to secondary school, and when they transition to further education, college, or the workplace.

We will consider grants for literacy support at any primary or secondary key stage.

Funding Available

You can apply for grants between £5,000 and £20,000.

You can apply for a multi-year grant, over a maximum period of 3 years. 

Eligibility Criteria
  • You must be a UK-based organisation. Priority will be given to applications from the South-West of England, Stoke, and Staffordshire.
  • You need to be a registered charity, Community Interest Company, Charitable Incorporated Organisation or registered as an exempt charity.
  • You can apply again if you have previously received a grant.  

We do not fund:
  • Individuals
  • Capital Costs
  • Organisations registered or only working overseas.
  • English lessons for children learning English as an additional language.

Application Process

You can apply any time using the online application form below.

Please note: In the form, an asterisk (*) marks a compulsory field. If you accidentally miss a compulsory field, you will be returned to the top of the form, and there you will see the names of the incomplete fields. If you have already attached any additional files, you will HAVE to re-attach them with your submission at this second stage, as the validation check process removes the link to any file. The size limit of attachments is 10MB. 

Please be aware that you will not receive a copy of your application form once you press submit. We recommend copying your responses into a word document if you would like to keep a copy of them. 


The programme is open to applications at any time.  

Trustees make the final decision on which organisations to support. We aim to inform you of the outcome of your application within six months, but it can sometimes take a little longer. 


Application Form

Contact Information

Organisation Name and Address

Additional Organisation Information

Financial Information

Current Budget

Accounts and Safeguarding Policies

Financial Accounts: If we are unable to see your charity’s financial accounts on the UK Charity Commission’s website please attach a copy of your audited accounts
OR your current management accounts
OR a projected budget forecast/business plan, if your charity is new and does not have a set of historic accounts.

Safeguarding Policies: Please use the button below to attach a copy of your organisation’s safeguarding/child and/or vulnerable adult protection policy in order for your application to be considered for funding.

Please note:
- You can upload multiple files as long as they are in the same folder/location when clicking Choose Files and browsing.
- On clicking submit, if you have missed a compulsory field you will see a notification at the top of the form AND you will need to re-attach your file(s).