Shine Trust

The Shine Trust exists to help disadvantaged children and young people improve their grades at school. They support programmes that concentrate on core educational subjects, helping children to learn in new and exciting ways. They rigorously check the organisations and projects funded to make sure the most effective intervention into young lives and the best possible value for money.

What does SHINE fund?


Serious Fun on Saturday – they would like to hear from independent schools in England that are interested in hosting a Serious Fun project and can find potential partner schools in the state sector.

Secondary schools – projects supporting students aged 11-16, particularly those just starting secondary school or preparing for GCSEs.

Grants are also available to the winners of Let Teachers SHINE, the annual competition for teachers with creative ideas to raise attainment among disadvantaged students.

Other information

SHINE wants to build long-term relationships with the organisations they fund. Consequently, the majority of grants last for two or three years and are in excess of £20,000. They fund new start-ups, pilots and expansion or replication of projects. They also fund core costs and staff posts.

The Shine Trust