The Barbara Ward Children's Foundation was proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its registration by the Charity Commission on 13th December 2021. Since making the first grant in June 2002 the Trustees have reviewed over 5700 grant applications and approved almost 670 grants totalling in excess of £9.4 million to more than 375 organisations. The charity has made grants to support charitable activities throughout the United Kingdom, but also around the world, helping children in Barbados, Belarus, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia.

The BWCF is a small grant-making body that helps the smaller non-religious charities to serve severely disadvantaged children anywhere in the world where our grants are likely to make a real difference. To do this the BWCF focuses its support on financially healthy children's charities where funding is not forthcoming from statutory bodies, where incomes and fund balances are constantly put to good use and where administration overheads are kept to a minimum. We welcome all applications that fit these simple criteria.

The Foundation's Chairman of Trustees is Barbara herself, with support from six further trustees: Chris Banks, Brian Walters, Ken Parker, Chris Brown, Mark Waight and David Bailey.

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Downright Special
Holly Lodge Centre
Village Foundations
Aidis Trust
Cued Speech Association
Disability Challengers
Asian Students Christian Trust
The Reedham Children's Trust
The Promise
The PACE Centre
Kenya Education Partnership
The Green Light Trust
National Blind Children's Society
Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre
New College Worcester
Sunny Days Children's Fund
Ruddi's Retreat
CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust)
Families First St Andrews
Theodora Children's Charity
Fun in Action For Children
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland
Autism Bedfordshire
Daisy Garland
Sebastian's Action Trust
Let Us Play
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK
The Rainbow Trust
Hope House
AT Society
Ambitious About Autism
Dogs For The Disabled
The Spring Centre
Huntington's Disease Association
React - Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with Potentially Terminal illness
Over The Wall
The Wingate Centre
Inter Care
The Bubble Foundation
Project Harar
Me 2 Club
British Blind Sport
Hop, Skip & Jump
The Children's Adventure Farm Trust
Rochdale Special Needs Cycling Club
Panathlon Challenge
The Youth Adventure Trust
Adventure Unlimited
How to apply for a grant
Complete List of Grants

A selection of grant recipients is listed below. Click on the logo for a link to their website.

Rainbow Trust



Reedham Children's Trust

Ambitious About Autism

PACE Centre

Rainbow Centre

Richard House



Dame Vera Lynn Trust

Bobath Centre

Elizabeth Foundation

Shooting Star

Disability Challengers

Hope House


SMA Support UK



The Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation

85 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AE

Tel: 020 7222 7040 | Fax: 020 7222 6208

Email: [email protected]

Registered Charity No: 1089783 Registered in England No: 4213963