The Blagrave Trust partners with highly effective youth organisations whose mission is to help young people aged 12-25 in Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire make a successful transition to adulthood. We believe those young people have a right to access high quality services that enables them to develop the skills, experience and capabilities* they need to succeed at school, in work and in life.
Everything we fund must be able to demonstrate how young people are systematically and meaningfully engaged and listened to in the design and development of services to support them, and how the work contributes towards clearly defined outcomes.
* These include stable personal circumstances, emotional capabilities, attitudes, employability skills, qualifications, experience, and career management skills. (NPC (2014) Journey to Employment: an outcomes framework for young people).
We prioritize work with young people whose needs are greatest and in areas where there are higher rates of poverty.
We support core funding and therefore look for organisations whose mission is clearly aligned with our own.
Who we fund:
We primarily support registered charities but we will also consider Community Interest Companies where they can satisfy our due diligence and demonstrate impact.
We do not fund:
- Capital grants or building projects;
- Charities where our grant will comprise more than 20% of total turnover;
- General recreational or social activities;
- Promotion of religion;
- Currently we are not accepting applications focused uniquely on supporting young people living with mental health issues e.g. therapeutic work, though we recognise of course that many of the young people in employability programmes or other work may have mental health problems. This is because we are researching where we can make an effective contribution. If you would like to make contact with us in the mean time to share your knowledge and research with us we would welcome hearing from you.
We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people by a commitment to practice which protects them.
Charities we fund will have good child protection and safeguarding through establishing a positive organisational culture and a number of complementary procedures and checks. We expect all charities we fund to have in place, and annually review, a child protection policy and practical procedures to safeguard young people’s welfare. The NSPCC website has the latest advice on safeguarding children in the voluntary and community sector.
If you are a current partner whose 3 year funding has ended, we will expect you to complete a final report before we would consider funding again. Once this is reviewed, then we will be happy to discuss whether or not continuation funding is a possibility. There may be a break in between funding cycles, but we will endeavour to keep this as short as possible. All repeat applications will be considered on their own merits against our current priorities for funding and other new applicants.