Our Grant Making

We seek to identify charities of interest through our own research


CHK Foundation undertakes its own research to determine the charities it wishes to consider for funding and will make direct contact to begin discussions about opportunities.  Applications for funding are therefore not invited.

We award grants under four different programmes:

CHK Main Grants
For the 5 years to 2024, we are using our Main Grant Programme to support charities working in England and Wales with young people aged between 11 and 24 who are “at risk” as a result of involvement in the criminal justice system, their own addictions, or as they prepare to leave, or just after leaving, care.
CHK Mission Grants
Grants under this programme are to support the protection of the environment
CHK Discretionary Grants
Grants under this programme are made at the discretion of the trustees in line with their philanthropic interests
CHK Emergency /Disaster Grants
Grants under this programme provide financial support for charitable work both nationally and internationally in response to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In both 2020 and 2021, some Emergency /Disaster Grants were offered to support COVID response work.


Open data

For awards from 1 January 2020, we publish our grants via 360Giving, an initiative that aims to help UK funders publish their data in an open and standard format online. You can explore our grantmaking, and that of over 100 other funders, using 360Giving’s GrantNav and Insights tools.

Click here to link to an entry about CHK Foundation on 360Giving’s GrantNav.

Our grant data can also be downloaded in the following Excel spreadsheet:

CHK Foundation Grants awarded and paid from 1 Jan 2020

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit here . This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to CHK Foundation

We believe that with better information, grantmakers can be more effective and strategic decision-makers. 360Giving provides support for grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective. For more information, visit www.threesixtygiving.org

Examples of recent grants

2022/2023 CHK Emergency /Disaster Grants

AfghanAid (registered charity number 1045348 )  was given a donation to support their emergency humanitarian assistance in light of the severe food shortages in Afghanistan

The Disasters Emergency Committee (registered charity number 1062638) was given  donations for their  Afghanistan Appeal and their Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

2021/22 CHK Foundation Main Grant Awards

Volunteering Matters (registered charity number 291222) was awarded a grant to run a grandmentors programme for 2 years and, during that time, to develop and deliver a sustainable placed based funding model

Carefree – Fostering Independence Cornwall (registered charity number 1124492) was awarded a grant to research/explore /develop housing options with interested stakeholders to create a sustainable housing model for care leavers in Cornwall by 2025.

7 charities (listed below) have been funded to set up and deliver the first 2-years of the Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme (GMP). The GMP aims to offer long term relationships with a trusted adult to girls and young women living in Gloucestershire who are considered at risk of crime.

  • 1625 Independent People – a registered society (Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, reg: 23964R exempt from registration with the Charity Commission)
  • The Door – registered charity number 1131919
  • Breathe Youth – registered charity number 1180351
  • We All Matter – registered charity number 1170638
  • Nelson Trust – registered charity number 1056672
  • Young Gloucestershire – registered charity number 281797
  • Thames Valley Partnership – registered charity number 1031545

The Avenues Youth Project (registered charity number 1090210) was awarded a 2 year grant to expand their Seniors programme.

The Mix (registered charity number 1048995) was awarded a grant to make The Mix the leading online resource for information reflecting young people’s experiences of drugs and addiction.

Break (registered charity number 286650) was awarded a grant for ‘Fostering Futures’, to provide intense wrap-around support to young people leaving foster care in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to enable them to make successful transitions to independent living.