What we fund

Our core focus is young people ages 14-25, with a mission to enable them to make a successful transition to adulthood.

Throughout Covid-19 and beyond, we continue to back our extensive network of policy and service delivery partners who are doing that, with unrestricted funding which allows them the flexibility to respond to young people’s needs. New partnerships have therefore been on hold. From July 2020 we will be considering any new applications for partnerships in the region – prioritising work that makes the biggest difference to young people at the present time locally.

We will be investing more substantially in response to covid-19 throughout 2020 and 2021 onwards, focusing on system reform, policy and campaigning.

Our funding covers three areas of work:

  1. Regional funding for youth focused charities supporting young people aged 14-25 to make a positive transition to adult lives.
  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.
  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.

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 will 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 exclusively or primarily with young people.

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

Our minimum grant level is £10,000, as we want to work with charities in a deep and impactful way.

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.