The work of Chess in Schools and Communities would not be possible without the diverse charitable support we have received over the years. Learn more about what your help can do.

Our major sponsors include:

The Lohia Foundation

The Lohia Foundation is a charitable trust which was founded by Mr. Mohan Lal Lohia. Mr. M.L. Lohia, a citizen of India, spent most of his professional life outside of India and established textile business in South East Asia under the trademark of Indorama. The Lohia Foundation focuses on education and healthcare related initiatives.


DeepMind, the company behind the groundbreaking Alpha self-teaching AI, is supporting Chess in Schools and Communities in Camden and Islington, and hosted the first round of our flagship London Chess Classic in 2017.

Delancey, is a British Property Development company, founded in 1995 it has since worked in developing London's East Village and Royal Mint Court. Delancey is also the sponsor of the famous Delancey UK Chess Challenge, the world's largest children's chess tournament. Delancey formerly sponsored our chess provision in Newham and now proudly support our work in Elephant and Castle, you can read about the schools they sponsor here. 

London Borough of Newham

The 'Every Child a Chess Player' partnership between Chess in Schools and Communities and the London Borough of Newham was launched in March 2013, aiming to give every child in the Borough the opportunity to benefit from chess. The partnership has been growing ever since, and we now teach chess in 18 schools, eight libraries and three community centres. Newham players have been successful in national and international competition - learn more here.

John Lyon's Charity

John Lyon's Charity has given over £100 million in support of education initiatives across North-West London since 1991. After an initial collaboration in Barnet, a wider project benefitting 19 schools in seven boroughs was launched in 2016-17.

The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund

The 2012 pilot project in Southwark made possible by the Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund was the very first charitable support of Chess in Schools and Communities. The pilot was successful, and was renewed for a further three years in 2016


At a time of unprecedented budgetary pressure on schools, support from Baird has enabled chess to continue in four schools serving exceptionally disadvantaged areas of London - Hammersmith, Haringey, Lewisham and Newham.

We would also like to express our gratitude to:

The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust
The Vincit Foundation
The Lancashire Foundation
The Transform Foundation
United Way Worldwide
The Ford Britain Trust
East Village London E20
The Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust
The Elizabeth Rathbone Charitable Trust
Bristol City Council
The Grantham Yorke Trust
The Edgar E Lawley Charitable Foundation
The Daisy Trust
Help a Capital Child
The Big Lottery Fund
The Summerfield Charitable Trust
The Wakeham Trust
Dr. Edwards and Bishop King's Fulham Charity
Winton Philanthropies
The David Wood Memorial Trust
The Mercers' Company
Hammersmith United Charities
EFG Private Bank
The Red Hill Trust
The Michael John Norwood Memorial Trust
The British Chess Educational Trust
The Tony and Anusha Stewart Foundation
The Education Endowment Foundation

The Walter Guinness Charitable Trust