U18 Better Starts is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities for children under the age of 18 which contribute towards transforming communities and improving children’s lives, as well as funding to strengthen their volunteering.
There are four options to choose from under this grant. You must be clear from the outset which one you are applying for. It’s also possible to apply for a combination. The options are:
Providing Essentials - Providing the essentials to address an immediate need and/or situation
Transform/Improve - Funding to transform and/or improve a space/activity
Connect Together - Funding to bring people together, encouraging community connections
Volunteering - Funding to support volunteer costs enabling them to continue supporting their groups and communities
Fund award sizes
Minimum - £400
Maximum - £1,600
Who Can Apply
Groups must have an income under £1 million per year in order to apply for the grassroots grants. Asda Foundation aims to support and prioritise local grassroots groups with low income where funding will make a bigger difference.
When to Apply
Round 1 applications may be submitted to your local Community Champion 15 January – 1 March 2024. The round could close early if the budget cap is reached.
Applications should be submitted to Asda Foundation at least six weeks before your activity to give enough processing time.
How to Apply
The Community Champion in your local superstore will support you in completing your application and will submit the application to the Foundation on your behalf.
The closing date for applications is Friday 01 March 2024.