Investing in
young people

Making grants to support disadvantaged young people living at the margins of society; with the aim of improving their skills,
building their confidence and resilience and supporting their transition into independence.

The Trustees believe that every young person should have the opportunity to meet his or her full potential. Too many face huge barriers and although they may have the same aspirations as their peers, many are deprived of opportunity.

The reasons can be numerous and complex including: insecure housing; mental and physical ill health; caring responsibilities; substance misuse; homelessness; criminal convictions and being a care leaver.

The Charity is interested to hear from organisations working with:

  • disengaged, disadvantaged and/or vulnerable young people aged 14-25
  • young people in or leaving care aged 14-25
  • young offenders and those at risk of offending aged 14-25
  • unemployed young people – aged 16-25, not in education, training or employment (NEETS).

Level of funding available

There is no minimum or maximum grant size for this programme, but applicants should be aware that large grant requests are significantly less likely to be approved and take considerably longer to process.

Please note – the total grant cannot be greater than 50% of your most recent annual turnover.

Extra priority

Extra priority will be given to groups that:

  • work in a particularly disadvantaged or deprived area
  • have limited access to other sources of income
  • clearly define the need they are addressing
  • clearly demonstrate the benefit to young people
  • demonstrate a commitment to service user involvement
  • can demonstrate partnership working
  • offer matched funding opportunities
West Midlands and wider area