Children and Young People

We believe in the potential of every young person.  We fund organisations that seek to challenge the inequalities faced by those young people (age 0-25) who are currently missing out. We want to see the views of children and young people at the heart of organisations, and young people empowered to take action.







Funding priorities:


  • Improving support for disadvantaged children and young people

We support work that: Identifies and supports previously overlooked needs of children and young people, and creates long-term change for young people who face challenges, and contributes to a shift in the way the public or voluntary sector supports young people.

Applicants must: Show that they are working to advance the sector’s thinking and practice.

We want our funding to: Support learning and improve collective understanding across the sector.

  • The rights of vulnerable children and young people 

We support work that: Challenges persistent inequalities, and aims to change policy, practice and legislation in order to include young people who have been missed out.

Applicants must: Show that their work is driven and shaped by young people themselves.

We want our funding to: Protect the rights of vulnerable children and young people, and provide investment for ambitious or difficult work that challenges the status quo.

  • Addressing the root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour

We support work that: Identifies and addresses the underlying issues faced by children and young people, and uses a preventative approach to help stop cycles of disadvantage and work to equip young people for life.

Applicants must: Deliver initiatives on a large scale which are able to challenge inequality in education or social care.

We want our funding to: Support early action that enables young people achieve their full potential, particularly work which involves families and the wider community.

  • Empowering young leaders

We support work that: Gives a platform to a wider range of young people’s voices so that more young people are able to influence the world around them, and empowers young people who are under-represented in decision-making to speak out.

Applicants must: Show how young leaders will have a real chance of influencing change and support young people to ‘speak truth to power’.

We want our funding to: Enable a wider range of young people to shape local or national life.

  • Young people leaving care - a focused funding stream

We have a focused funding stream for work which secures a better future for care leavers - details of what we are looking for, and how to apply are here. We want young people leaving care to be supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, and ultimately to make a successful transition to independence.

We do not fund:

  • Individual schools, youth clubs, after-school clubs, playgroups, early years settings, sports associations, playgroups and schemes, out of school clubs, supplementary schools.
  • Work with children in and leaving care that does not match our Young People Leaving Care funding stream priorities
  • Delivery of curriculum and other statutory responsibilities in schools
  • The independent education sector
  • Recreational activities including outward bound courses and adventure experiences
  • Short term approaches with no clear progression routes
  • Commonly delivered work such as counselling, employability skills and volunteering