British & International Schools Society Main Fund

*Please note, from 2024, BFSS will be moving to a rolling application process with applications being assessed at regular intervals throughout the year. Applications open October 2023

Type of project:  The BFSS supports charitable organisations running UK and International projects to improve access to education or the quality of education for children and young people under the age of 25. For its international grants, BFSS supports projects to improve the quality, sustainability, and access to education for young people within international marginalised and vulnerable communities. BFSS currently has two priority areas, and particularly welcomes applications which focus on: Re-establishing education where the provision of education has suffered from conflict or natural disaster and Enhancing the opportunities and reducing barriers for girls to access education.

Location: International marginalised and deprived communities worldwide

Eligibility: for Stage 1 Grant Applications Annual grant payments cannot exceed 50% of an organisation’s 3-year average income. Applying organisations must: Have UK charitable status and be registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. We do not fund non-UK based organisations, Community Interest Companies (CICs) or individuals; Have an annual income normally between £25,000 and £2.5 million; Be financially sound and have at least three years of continuous accounts submitted to the relevant UK Charity Commission or Regulator.

Grant size:  £5,000 to £60,000 per project (maximum £30,000 per year).BFSS will fund between 25% to 100% of the total project costs, but will give preference to projects with some degree of matched funding.