The Function of the Memorial Trust
The Trust exists to encourage and promote the welfare and education of young children and their families – particularly those experiencing poverty, deprivation and discrimination and those with special or additional needs, and to continue work in the spirit of enterprise inspired by Lady Allen.

The Awards

We offer up to two grants of approximately £1,000 per year to play and childcare practitioners, who wish to travel to expand their knowledge, raise awareness and make new contacts. The award aims to support and enhance an individual’s professional development in the play and childcare world with the aim of enhancing and improving their practice back in their workplace. The travel and work of the recipients must take place within nine months of the award being made. A report of between 1500 to 2000 words is required after the completion of each project. This must be completed within the calendar year that the award is made.

Who May Apply

The award is open to people from within the UK and from those working in other countries around the world. Applications are invited from candidates with a scheduled project in mind who can offer full details of how the award will help them to gain specific knowledge and experience which will enhance the quality and nature of their work with young children and their families.

Who Will Receive an Award
Selected candidates will be chosen in consideration of the merit of their proposals. Successful named candidates will be required to show the benefit of their work with specified children, as a direct result of receiving an award.

Application Forms and Further Details
These are available from the Hon Secretary to the Trust, Caroline Richards, 89 Thurleigh Road, London SW12 8TY, email address or you can download them directly from this website.

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: 31st January 2025. 

Shortlisting February 2025. 

Awards late March 2025