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John Lyon’s Charity: Refurbishment Fund

John Lyon’s Charity is introducing the Refurbishment Fund, which has a particular focus on renovation and repair. Organisations can apply for a grant towards the one off refurbishment costs to the space(s) they deliver their services to young people from. Organisations can apply for one of the two grants available within this Fund:

  • Refurbishment Small Grant – up to £5,000 available
  • Refurbishment Main Grant – up to £25,000 available

The Refurbishment Fund can be used for:

  • Minor or essential maintenance to a building such as re-wiring, roof repairs or plumbing.
  • Small refurbishments such as upgraded kitchens, toilets or communal/delivery spaces.
  • Upgrading or refurbishing indoor or outdoor activity spaces.
  • Making spaces accessible to users.
  • For Refurbishment Main Grant applications, the total cost of the project including the contribution from John Lyon’s Charity must not exceed £75,000

We are unable to fund:

  • This Fund cannot be used to purchase/renew equipment. The refurbishments should be for delivery/service users’ space and not other spaces such as offices.
  • Retrospective grants or grants made towards works which have already begun.

You are eligible if:

  • Organisations that have received funding from John Lyon’s Charity in the past, but not necessarily being funded at the current time. Please note - priority will be given to multi-use venues.
  • Organisations that have at least a minimum two-year lease or equivalent for a Small Grant or a minimum five-year lease for a Main Grant.
  • The building/venue must be used predominantly for the delivery of Children and Young People's (CYP) activities.

We are unable to fund:

  • Schools are ineligible to apply to this Fund.

How to apply:

There is a Single-Stage and Two-Stage application process depending on which grant you are applying for. See below which grant applies to you:

If you are eligible to apply for the Refurbishment Fund, please apply via the Grants Portal here.

This is a rolling application process with no deadlines. Small Grant applications are considered six times per year.


No Min - £25,000
no deadline
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