Our core focus is and continues to be the 14-25 years age group, with a mission to enable them to make a successful transition to adulthood. We continue to back our extensive network of policy and service delivery partners who are doing that, by offering flexible funding which is in the main unrestricted. We are putting on hold funding to new organisations, aside those that have a specific role in response to covid-19 (policy or service delivery) between now and August. We feel it will be crucial to invest more substantially in response to covid-19 through end 2020 and 2021 onwards, but we are clear that this would be a longer-term strategic decision, most likely focused on system reform, policy and campaigning and we are a way from working this out for now.
Our funding covers three areas of work:
- Funding to outstanding regionally based youth focused charities supporting young people aged 14-25. Read more about how we make decisions: here. We fund charities working exclusively or primarily with young people in the South of England.
- Funding that supports young people to lead change themselves, have a voice in society and participate and be listened to in decisions affecting their lives. Read about the Opportunity Fund.
- Funding that address root causes of the issues we see manifest in young people’s problems and that support advocacy, policy, research or campaigning.
We believe all 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. We prioritise work with young people whose needs are greatest and in areas of the South where there are higher rates of poverty.
We provide core funding and therefore support organisations whose mission is clearly aligned with our own. This means we mainly prioritise organisations that work exclusively or primarily with young people in the South of England. Our minimum grant level is £10,000, as we want to work with charities in a deep and impactful way.
Our main geographic area is in the South of England across Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire. We rarely fund national organisations who want to expand their work locally, prioritising those that are locally rooted. We do fund some high impact, national programmes of work, but tend to identify these proactively ourselves.
If you are unsure as to whether your work is of interest to us, then you are welcome to get in touch.
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.