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Funding Round-up – Children and Youth, March 2021

26-Mar-2021


Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on children and youth themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

BBC Children in Need has launched support for children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Delivered by Family Fund Business Services (FFBS), the Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme provides grant items that meet children and young peoples’ most basic needs or are critical to their wellbeing.

The programme can deliver or fund critical items including:

  • Gas or electric cookers
  • Essential household items
  • Furniture and kitchen equipment
  • Children’s beds and bedding
  • Washing machines
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations

FFBS advises that applications must be completed by a registered referrer, who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.

At the time of writing, the scheme can be seen as a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.

More information can be found at the FFBS website.

Children, Young People & Families Theme funding from KCF

Continuing its work through their Themed Funding programmes, Kent Community Foundation (KCF) awards grants of up to £5,000 (£7,500 considered for exceptional applications) to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities with projects that are making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Kent and Medway.

The deadline for this season is 31st May 2021, with further dates to be announced later this year.

For more information and how to apply, visit the KCF website.

Funding from BBC Children in Need

The Main Grants programme from BBC Children in Need awards grants from £10,001 up to £40,000 per year (for up to three years) to UK not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people aged 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Children in Need say they have temporarily broadened the types of applications it is accepting, and that funding is currently being offered that can be used more flexibly than usual.

The deadline for applications is 12th April 2021.

For more details and how to apply, visit the funder’s website.

Youth Clubs Grants from the Variety Club

Offering support to applications from youth organisations which are affiliated (please check with the funder), children’s charity Variety is offering grants to purchase items of equipment.

With grants ranging between £250 and £600, applications for improvement of youth club premises, equipment or facilities will also be considered.

The charity asks that organisations demonstrate involvement from young people in raising some of the funds required for the equipment requested.

This scheme is a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.

More information can be found at the Variety website.

Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Peter Cruddas Foundation awards grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to education, training and employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

The Foundation’s priorities are:

  • Pathways/support for young disadvantaged or disengaged people in the age range 16 to 30 into education, training or employment
  • Work experience/skills projects for young people aged 16 to 30
  • Youth work in London particularly evening work for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 30

The Foundation says there is no maximum amount you can apply for, however applications for Capital Build projects will not be accepted.

The Foundation says although this is a Continuous Rolling Programme and applications can be accepted at any time, they do advise meetings are held twice a year to review applications, with deadlines for these being 1st March and 1st September each year.

More information is available at The Foundation's website.

Hardship Awards for Young People from Colyer-Fergusson

The Hardship Awards from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust are aimed at disadvantaged young people living in Kent.

With the programme offering grants of up to £500 to support the underprivileged, the awards are intended to meet the costs of practical items including interview clothes, course fees, tools or equipment, or travel costs to a new job.

The Trust asks that all applicants must be referred by a CFCT approved referral partner (please check with The Trust for more details).

This scheme is a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.

For more details and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Funding Programme from Ironmongers’ Company

The Ironmongers’ Company offers grants up to £10,000 to registered charities that work with disadvantaged young people under the age of 25.

The Company are particularly interested in supporting projects that provide opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential through educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills, and so preference would be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be spread across a wider audience.

The Company ask that projects meet all of the following measures:

  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
  • Show clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
  • Be based in the UK

With their Appeals Committee meeting twice a year, The Company advises the next deadline for applications is 31st July 2021 (with a further date to be announced).

For more details and how to apply, Visit the Ironmongers’ Company website.

Support for Young People from Buttle UK

National charity Buttle UK is offering financial help for young people, age 16 to 20, that receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment.

To apply, Buttle UK ask that the young person shows they have a clear ambition or intentions in the area of education, training or employment that they are pursuing or intend to pursue within three months of the application.

Buttle UK can provide a financial support package to meet this ambition, and also help them to set up home, or to improve their emotional, mental or physical wellbeing.

Each package of support can be worth up to £2,000 and can include:

  • Equipment to take up a training opportunity
  • Interview clothes
  • A computer for their studies
  • Travel costs to get to college

The charity advises the application must be completed by a support worker in collaboration with the young person.

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the Support Scheme could be made at any time.

For more details and how to apply, visit the charity’s website.

Children and Young People Grants Programmes from Masonic Charitable Foundation

As part of its work to help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society; The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) offers grants to local and national charities in England and Wales.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
  • Parental Support, including whole family approach
  • Pastoral and advocacy support

Grants can be used for charitable activities such as:

  • Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy;
  • Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system; or
  • Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues

The Foundation’s Small Grant’s programme awards up to £15,000, to charities with an annual income under £500,000.

The Foundation’s Large Grant’s programme awards from £10,000 to £60,000, to charities with an annual income over £500,000.

For this season, the deadline for applications is 5pm on 31st March 2021, with further dates to be announced later in the year.

More details and how to apply are available on the Foundation’s website.

The Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People Programme

The Peter Harrison Foundation offers grants to charities in the South East of England to assist young people who are disabled, disadvantaged, and ill, and the homeless or at risk of crime, truancy or addiction.

The Trustees welcome applications for the following types of project:

  • Projects that work with or benefit disabled, chronically or terminally ill children, and provide support for their parents and carers
  • Projects that help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction, and
  • Projects organised for young people at risk of homelessness, or that provide new opportunities for homeless young people

The Foundation advises meetings to decide applications are held quarterly, however applications can be accepted at any time.

More details and how to apply are available on the Foundation’s website.

Grants from BlueSpark Foundation

The BlueSpark Foundation offers grants of up to £5,000 for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

The funding can be used for:

  • Educational materials
  • Sports equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • IT equipment
  • Drama tuition/music tuition
  • Art and design equipment
  • Educational training courses
  • Vocational training courses
  • Drama production costs

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the funding could be made at any time.

More details and how to apply are available at the Foundation’s website.

Barbara Ward Children's Foundation

Grants from the Barbara Ward Children's Foundation are available for charitable organisations undertaking projects for children who are seriously or terminally ill, disadvantaged, children who are underprivileged or have special needs.

The funding is available for work in the following:

  • Education
  • Support, care and respite
  • Holidays
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sport, play and leisure

This scheme is a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.

More information is available at the Foundation’s website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at info@mva.org.uk, you can also contact MVA via the website .

 


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