What we fund

Our core focus is young people ages 14 upwards; our mission is to enable them to make a successful transition to adulthood. We don’t tend to fund work with younger children as there are many other funders who focus on this group, and we know that older young people in transition have access to less support.

We support a network of policy and service delivery partners with unrestricted funding which allows them the flexibility to respond to young people’s needs. Our regional funding programme is for youth organisations in the South of England (outside London). We prioritise work that makes the biggest difference to young people. We support long term relationships based work with young people facing lots of challenges to help them navigate through these and make changes in their lives.

At the same time we are investing in system reform, policy and campaigning in response to the longer term impacts of Covid-19 on young people. See more details here

Our funding covers three areas of work:

  1. Regional funding for youth focused charities in the South of England supporting young people aged 14+ to make a positive transition to adult life.
  2. Funding directly to 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 and Challenge and Change
  3. Funding that addresses the root causes of the issues we see manifest in young people’s problems and that supports advocacy, policy, research or campaigning. We tend to approach these partners directly ourselves.

Our regional programme supports organisations in the South of England – mainly Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire.  We rarely fund national organisations who want to expand their work locally, because we prioritise those that are based in the region and have less recourse to national funding pots. Read how we make decisions here: outstanding youth organisations.

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. Covid 19 has thrown into sharp relief the impact of inequality on young people, particularly those in the poorest areas of the region, and we prioritise work for funding that supports young people to overcome and challenge it. We focus on work with young people whose needs are greatest and in areas of the region where there are higher rates of poverty.

We provide unrestricted funding and therefore support organisations whose mission is clearly aligned with our own. This means we prioritise organisations that work solely or primarily with young people rather than those that want to expand their reach.

Our minimum grant level is £10,000, as we want to work with charities in a deep and impactful way, and this means we rarely fund organisations where our grant would comprise more than 20% of total turnover.

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;
  • General recreational or social activities;
  • One off or short term activities;
  • Promotion of religion.