The early years of a child’s life are crucially important to their health and success later in life.

Unfortunately, due to poverty, neglect, care responsibilities or disability, many young children experience problems that limit their physical, cognitive and emotional development.

We are committed to supporting children and young people

Over the next five years, we will be supporting charities that help disadvantaged children and young people overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

These grants will help to create opportunities and a more positive future for thousands of disadvantaged young people through mental and physical health support, parenting programmes, pastoral care and learning and development opportunities.

We are committed to helping vulnerable children and young people have healthy and happy lives and the best possible opportunities regardless of their ability, background or family circumstances.

Did you know?

  • There is a 19 per cent gap in development between children receiving free school meals and their wealthier peers
  • Young carers are one and a half times more likely to have a special education need
  • Only six per cent of young people currently in care will attend university

Despite strong evidence that early interventions have a significant positive impact on a child’s future, local authority spending in this area of need has reduced by 48% in recent years.

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Further information

For further information about our Charity Grants programmes or to discuss an application, please call 020 3146 3337 or email charitygrants@mcf.org.uk