Young People’s Programme

The Foundation is keen to support young people who are facing difficult challenges and barriers to accessing support and opportunities.

Particularly young people aged 12-21 who are socially excluded or marginalised; whose experiences can be hidden or less well known; and whose voices are often erased or ignored.

This new programme is aimed at young people who are experiencing or may have already suffered significant issues within their lives.

This may, for example, include organisations that focus their work on: young people within the criminal justice system or those at risk of offending; looked after children or care leavers; those with significant mental health concerns or complex needs; young people who have been traumatised by challenging family backgrounds, neglect, violence or abuse; those that have fallen through the gaps in care and/or education; those already affected by, or vulnerable to, exploitation; or whose experiences could seriously impact their transition into adulthood.

This is not an exhaustive list and the Foundation will be happy to advise or discuss potential applications.

The Foundation is not looking to fund general youth provision due to the limitation of available resource, but will consider both core or project funding of organisations whose work aligns with the aim of the programme.

Our normal criteria and range of grant size remain applicable.

A small number of grants have already been awarded to work with young people including the funding of a crisis drop-in for young people who have been sexually abused in Dundee; a young parents project in Bolton; funding for a youth worker to support teenagers with autism in Northern Ireland; a drama and arts project aimed at young people with a history of offending in Jaywick, Essex.

If you have any queries or need further clarification on eligibility, please contact  

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Application Closing Date

The closing date for new applications for our February trustee meeting is Monday 11th December.

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