We fund
Youth organisations.
Young people directly.
Better youth policy.

We fund organisations that enable young people to have their rights and needs met. We prioritise the poorest parts of the South East of England. Alongside this, we fund work on a national level that supports listening and accountability practices within the youth sector.

Regional funding

Our funding invests in youth organisations that make lasting impact in the lives of young people aged 16 and over, in Berkshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex and Wiltshire. Organisations we fund are driving towards greater accountability to young people in the services they provide. 

We provide unrestricted, long term funding and look for a close mission match with our partners. We do not fund national organisations who want to expand their work locally.

Our priorities are that:

  • Funding will benefit the young people we are here to serve, especially those from the poorest areas
  • There is clear evidence of impact for young people
  • Organisations take an intersectional approach
  • Young people are demonstrably in support of, or driving, the work

We have two funding programmes. Both offer unrestricted funding for three years.

Small grants: Smaller grants for organisations working in the frontline, often in the poorest parts of the South East region, providing vital support for the young people we seek to serve. We make decisions on these grants monthly.

Partnership grants: Long running, strategic partnerships with youth organisations where there is close alignment with our mission, they create outstanding impact for young people, and there is existing sector influence. These grants are larger. We make decisions on these grants three times a year, in March, July and November.

 

Our regional funding is available on an ongoing basis and you can apply here.

 

Here is a flavour of some of the work we fund…

 

Readipop

Readipop works with young people to unlock their creativity and self-expression through music making and performance, offering mentoring and inspiration to hundreds of young people each year in Reading.

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Team Domenica

Team Domenica is a unique social enterprise charity offering young people with learning disabilities in Brighton the chance to develop their employability through real time work.

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Restart Youth

In 2021, thanks to National Lottery players, we funded 21 youth organisations in Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex and Wiltshire, with short term project grants. Restart Youth was shaped by six advisers made up of young people from the region who brought their lived experience of services. They set the priorities and designed the funding strategy. All grant making decisions were made together.

Their priority was projects that developed systems that give decision-making power to young people, particularly young people whose needs had newly emerged due to covid, or were on the margins of services. Grants will be concluding in early 2022 when we will share the learning.

Here are some examples of work we funded in the first, exploratory phase of developing the funding priorities. You can view where, who, and what projects were funded on this map.

The fund was made possible due to funding awarded to us by the National Lottery Community Fund in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

 

The Restart Youth fund is now closed.

Please click here to be notified about future regional funding programmes. 

The Listening Fund

The Listening Fund is a joint funding initiative which wants to encourage and help organisations to be more accountable to young people. It does this by supporting improvements in listening skills and practice; and by exploring how organisations – including funders – can develop better listening cultures.

The first phase of The Listening Fund in England ran from 2018 – 2020 and supported 22 youth-focused organisations. The second phase launched in 2021. A sister Fund led by CORRA was launched in Scotland in 2019.

The second phase of the Fund has three parts:

Partners
Nine of the 22 partners from the Fund’s first phase have been funded for another three years. We hope that the additional time and resource will help them to further develop their listening expertise. Each partner has also received funding to share their knowledge and experience with the wider sector.

Advisers
The second phase of The Listening Fund has a panel of 10 young advisers recruited from across England, increasing the Fund’s direct accountability to young people and benefitting from their insight into how listening needs to improve. The advisers are involved in all aspects of the Fund’s work, including designing the strategy and making decisions on applications for a discreet funding programme.

Learning and Resources
We want the ideas and values behind the Listening Fund to reach far beyond the contributing funders and our partners. To help achieve that, we are committed to sharing learning and facilitating wider conversations across the sector. Our second phase learning partner – Collective Discovery – is helping to coordinate this work across partners, advisers and funders. What they are learning is posted regularly on The Listening Fund website and discussed at seminars and webinars to which the whole sector is invited.

 

All resources and further information can be found on The Listening Fund website.

Please click here to be notified when the fund reopens for application.

We fund young people directly, supporting them to create the change they want to see. We prioritise young people who are emergent and have lived experience of the injustices they are trying to change, supporting youth led collectives, social enterprises and CICs across England.

We define emergent young people as those who have some experience in doing work for social justice, but still need financial and other forms of support to develop their work and ideas.

Challenge and Change

History illuminates the capacity and courage of young people to drive change, but for too long their ideas have been restricted or constrained. Power is often held by adult-led initiatives that end up speaking on their behalf or controlling or leading their ideas. This fund exists to change that and move power and resources to young people. 

Amazing young minds and hearts have made the vision for this fund possible, and it’s future will be guided by their knowledge, wisdom, and insights. It was co-created by Challenge and Change Advisers, Blagrave, the Centre for Knowledge Equity and was supported by the Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation and ZING.

Our incredible Challenge and Change partners range from individuals to large collectives tackling a wide range of social issues; creating change through campaigns, research and projects.

 

 

Applications for Challenge and Change are currently closed and will reopen in March 2022.

Please click here to be notified when the fund reopens for application.

 

Here is a flavour of some of the work we fund…

 

Divergent thinking

Divergent thinking’s mission is to provide cognitive tools that empower young people to explore their imagination and become free creative thinkers. They aim to teach people how think outside the box, and embrace unconventional, creative, ridiculous and outlandish ideas!

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Black Trans Foundation

Young, Black trans-led nonprofit organisation offering free therapy to Black trans & Non-binary people aged 16+ in the UK, from therapists who have relevant lived experience. Our funding goes towards paying for their time and capacity to raise awareness on issues Black trans and non-binary people face, as well as paying for staff time to fundraise, as all therapy is paid for by crowdfunding.

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The Opportunity Fund

In partnership with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Opportunity Fund exists to support young people’s passion, ideas and expertise for social change alongside their need to earn a living. It is currently in it’s pilot phase, running from March 2020 to October 2022, working with 2 cohorts, and a total of 25 young people aged 18-25. These young people were recruited by Peer Power and Launch it, with recruitment of the second cohort being supported by members of cohort one. Through providing young people with a stable income, networks and support over a longer period of time, the pilot aims to test a new model to enable young people who would not normally have access to funding or networks to advance their social enterprise and campaigning goals, whilst also accessing support.

The Opportunity Fund wouldn’t be possible without the incredible work of our learning partner Inspire Chilli and agent organisations, Launch It! and Peer Power, who work directly with the Opportunity Fund participants to offer support and guidance throughout and beyond their 18 months on the programme.

The participants on the Opportunity Fund have been working on a wide range of interest areas, including mental health support, knowing the law and your rights, confidence support for young women and much more!

 

Applications for the Opportunity Fund are currently closed.

Please click here to be notified about potential funding opportunities in the future.

We fund work that aims for better youth policy outcomes and is directly informed by young people’s experiences of systemic disadvantage.

We define ‘policy’ broadly: impact in this work is influencing government funding decisions, guidance, consultation outcomes, position papers or statements of intent; party manifestoes; or any legislative process. Policy work could be national or local in remit: we are particularly interested in work to influence decision-making in local authorities and policy-focused organisations that are experimenting with radical ways of working alongside young people.

Through our policy work we aim to support young people to engage and be heard in the systems that shape their lives, in a in a pragmatic but impactful way.

Funding young people in policy-making

We are now open for proposals from organisations that support young people to influence government policy and decision-making!

We want to fund projects, campaigns and organisations that help young people influence policy that affects them, and so redress power imbalances in policy-making. We hope to fund work that builds accessible and inclusive structures for ensuring young people’s voices are heard and acted upon.

 

 

Please read more and apply for funding here.

Deadline for proposals midnight Fri 25th February

Funding youth policy and advocacy

Given our overriding aim of policy better serving young people we still see a place for funding work that supports policy professionals to monitor the legislative landscape and mobilise the sector around imminent changes that would be detrimental to young people.

This is particularly likely to be relevant for rapidly evolving sectors that are concerned with young people facing the most extreme challenges or new or developing areas of policy attention: where urgent policy work is required that doesn’t allow for longer-term youth engagement and leadership work. So, alongside supporting young people to have their voice heard in policy creation, we will also continue to fund organisations that campaign for policy change and better outcomes on behalf of young people.

We currently have £100,000 per year allocated for organisations that campaign for policy change at a local or national level, with and on behalf of the most marginalised young people. Where the whole organisation exists for this purpose we will offer longer term unrestricted funding, and we are open to project funding for particular initiatives led by organisations with a more general remit.

 

Our policy influencing funding is available on an ongoing basis and you can apply here.

 

Here is a flavour of some of the work we fund…

 

Children England

Children England works with over 20 young people on a long-term basis to reimagine the welfare state with children at the heart and campaigning to make that a reality.

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Just for Kids Law

Just for Kids Law supports children and young people with a unique holistic casework model that helps them to overcome the problems they face and use evidence from their practice to campaign for wider reform.

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UK Democracy Fund

We are a contributing funder to the UK Democracy Fund. This is a pooled fund aiming to increase democratic participation and engagement of under-represented groups, particularly young people.

 

See the UK Democracy Fund website  for more details and how to apply.