Top tips

Here are some ideas of how to make the most of the Programme and increase your chances of winning a grant:

 Tell schools you are a ‘Friend of First Give’ 
Connect with First Give Schools in the areas that you work. You can do that easily here.

 Be gentle 
For many students this will be their first professional phone call – they will be nervous.

 Talk about issues 
You could introduce them a beneficiary, tell them how you would use the top prize of £1,000 or help them to make a short film!

 Encourage their creativity and let them do the talking 
You should encourage them to make their own video rather than suggesting they download yours. Ensure they deliver the final presentations themselves even if they ask you to speak.

 Build the relationship 
Offer to listen to their presentations, invite them to volunteer for you and stay in touch!

Charity FAQs

First Give is funded by generous and experienced supporters who are passionate about building a culture of giving in future generations. 

We have 60 schools in the Greater London area participating in First Give throughout the academic year in 2014/2015. This means you might be contacted by more than one school, or more than one team.

We are not able to guarantee that a school or team will choose your charity as the students make this decision independently. However, please go to 'Get involved' to send an 'expression of interest' to any schools that operate in your area.

Simply put: if you are registered with the Charity Commission and have a local office or project that teams can visit, they can represent you!

It may well be that more than one team from a school approach you and that is fine with us. However, if you feel that this will put your organisation under too much pressure, then please let the teams and their teacher know your limit.
We are always available if you need advice or have a suggestion. Please email us at

We ask that teams are between 4 and 6 members.

The minimum we ask is for the team to be able to speak to you on the telephone to arrange a meeting and then the meeting itself. After that it is completely up to you how the relationship develops.

We are not currently able to consider unregistered charities. We are working on this and hope to engage with unregistered charities in future years. Please note, grants cannot be given to projects that promote religion. If you are an unregistered charity and would like to be kept updated, please feel free to email us at

The School Final is the culmination of the programme. Eight finalist teams will present to panel of judges and the winning teams will be announced. We would love to see you there and the students always appreciate your support.

No, although we would love to see someone from your organisation present at the School Final, we realise that you are busy and may not have the time.