The Excluded Initiative

The Excluded Initiative is now closed. Schools that have been invited to apply for a second stage of the appplication process will be notified directly by email.

This fund is now closed.The Evening Standard, John Lyon’s Charity, The Moshal Scholarship Program and The London Community Foundation are working together to support inclusion in London secondary schools.

John Lyon’s Charity is the leading independent funder for children and young people in nine North and West London boroughs.  The Charity awards more than £10million a year to organisations that seek to promote the life-chances of children and young people through education. The boroughs which make up its Beneficial Area are: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster. To date, it has granted over £120 million to diverse projects including youth clubs, supplementary schools, emotional wellbeing initiatives, sports schemes and arts programmes. The Charity believes there is life-changing value in investing in children and young people long-term, in the place where they live.

The London Community Foundation specialises in supporting community-based organisations focused on helping disadvantaged London. Since we started, we’ve awarded over £100 million in grants including the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund’s Save London Lives and MOPAC’s Victims Fund. These programmes directly support children and young people affected by violence and the communities they live in.

We will work closely with your school to support your project’s success and showcase achievements through the Evening Standard. 

Why wouldn’t schools want to take advantage of an opportunity to make things better? David Cohen has taken the time to understand the issue of inclusion from the inside and brings his additional knowledge of the education system to bear.
David Boyle, CEO, Dunraven Educational Trust

Who can apply?

The Excluded Initiative offers special support to secondary schools in London that have exclusion rates higher than the national average and are seeking to tackle these issues in an inclusive, nurturing way by building their inclusion capacity and expertise to drive down exclusions to a minimum. We are seeking schools that have made a commitment to tackle exclusion rates and are looking to implement a plan to do so.  This plan must have the support of the school’s management, staff and Governors, in addition to consulting with, parents and the local community to ensure there are tangible benefits for the whole school. 

Grant size

The Initiative will provide project funding over a three-year period totalling up to £150,000 per school for your school’s inclusion programme. 

How to apply

For schools based in Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Waltham Forest submit an Expression of Interest through this site.  Please read the Fund Guidelines document below first and then go to the Expression of Interest button to make your school’s application.

If your school is in Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster please submit an Expression of Interest through John Lyon’s Charity. Visit and submit an Expression of Interest via the online grants’ portal. 


The deadline to submit your Expression of Interest was 7th February 2020 at midday.

Contact Details

If you have any general questions on the initiative please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at