What we will fund
Funding is limited to the charitable work of organisations, and could be for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. There are no limits on grant size or length, with our median average 2015 grant being £100,000 over 3 years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but we would consider making social investments.
Current grantees can apply for funding from the leaving care stream provided the request doesn’t duplicate the grant we have already given. Please speak to your grants manager before applying.
We will support:
Work that develops long lasting, supportive relationships for young people in and leaving care, e.g.
- good practice models of how family relationships (including relationships with siblings) can be nurtured rather than broken by the care system
- development of existing non-family relationships with friends and significant adults, such as teachers, previous foster carers, sports coaches etc
- development of practical, informal networks that allow care leavers to receive advice, make friends, reduce isolation and grasp positive opportunities
- policy and practice for looked after children that values and prioritises long lasting supportive relationships and the positive role the care system can play in nurturing and developing these relationships
Work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services, e.g.
- involving care leavers in decisions about their own lives and in the design of services, in order that they influence the structures and processes that govern how they are treated
- advocating for young people leaving care to obtain what they are legally entitled to and need
- influencing broader policy, particularly in relation to standardising best practice across the UK
- collecting and sharing data and knowledge about care leavers and benchmarking local authority services for care leavers