Froebelian Innovation Grants

As part of meeting its charitable objectives, the Froebel Trust offers Innovation Grants to enable the application of Froebelian principles in new areas and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively. Projects funded under the Innovation Grants programme should achieve the following outcomes:

  • Children are supported to play expressively and creatively.
  • Organisations develop or improve their understanding of Froebelian philosophy and principles.

Applicants should explain how their organisation will develop their understanding of Froebelian philosophy and principles, and how they will embed a Froebelian approach into their project design. Applicants are encouraged to review the available resources on the Trust’s website and also refer to the Trust’s previous funded Innovation Grants projects.


The Trust has allocated a fund of £40,000 in 2019 for Innovation Grants. Projects may be spread over 1 or 2 years. Please note that we are particularly interested in projects that demonstrate strong value for money and, depending on the range and quality of applications, we will consider funding several small projects.

Application criteria


In order to be considered for funding, applications for Innovation Grants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant organisation must be a registered charity. This can include UK based charities, schools and international charities.
  • The project supports children up to 8 years of age to play expressively.
  • The project explicitly applies at least one of the Trust’s named Froebelian principles.
  • The project demonstrates how the application of Froebelian principles provide high quality learning and education
  • The project contributes to at least one of the Trust’s cross cutting themes. These themes reflect the Trust’s vision and priorities and provide an additional focus for our grant-giving. The themes are:
    • Addressing disadvantage and valuing diversity
    • Childhood under stress (focusing on those environments in which young children cannot play freely or with agency)
    • Adult (staff and parental) engagement with young children
  • The applicant must demonstrate how they will build in Froebelian principles to their project design and outcomes. We do not expect applicants to have prior experience of Froebelian philosophy or education. Rather, we are seeking applicants who are sympathetic to the Froebelian principles and whose projects will apply these innovatively in new areas and environments.  

Applicants are encouraged to review the Trust’s five year strategy before applying.


You can apply here -


The deadline for applications is: 5pm on Monday 24 June 2019


Please find below further information documents, which may be subject to change.


Any queries should be directed to our Grants Manager, Deborah Brodie - 

About Innovation Grants - 2019 FINAL.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [170.7 KB]
Innovation Grant Progress Report[...]
Microsoft Word document [16.7 KB]
Innovation Grant Final Report Form.docx
Microsoft Word document [16.9 KB]
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