We have a dedicated focus on preparing young people to leave care.
10,000 young people over 16 leave care each year, a third before their 18th birthday. This is in stark contrast to the general population where 50% are still living with their parents at 24. A half of care-leavers believe they are made to do so too early and say they receive very poor preparation and support for the challenges of adult life. They too often find themselves lonely and isolated without people to turn to. Systems that are intended to help with the transition do not work as effectively as they should and the result is that care-leavers make up a hugely disproportionate percentage of people suffering mental and physical health problems, experiencing homelessness and serving prison sentences.
Through our funding and non-financial support we wish to see care leavers supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, ultimately making a successful transition to independence. The outcomes we want our support to achieve are:
We don't expect applications towards outcome 3 - it's something we're going to apply our own financial and non-financial resources, including convening and supporting collaborative work, to achieve.
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.
Work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services, e.g.
Applications should be submitted via our first stage application process. During the online application process you should select "Young People Leaving Care" as the funding priority.
You will need to answer four questions in no more than 1,200 words (or 2.5 sides of A4):
This focused funding stream is a new way of working for Esmée. We want to understand and learn from what makes a real difference to the lives of young people leaving care, and improve future practice as a result.
Our approach to supporting this work will be developed alongside the organisations we fund, but funded organisations can expect to:
come together to share learning with others in the programme regularly
co-create shared measures of impact with others in the programme and collect and share data and evidence
take part in an external evaluation
have access to additional funds to recognise the costs involved in taking part in additional learning and evaluation work
08 January 2018
Tel: 020 7812 3700
Charity No. 200051