We want to see care leavers supported - by the system and by their own networks - to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, and ultimately make a more successful transition to independence. To contribute towards this, we are focusing on three outcomes for young people in and leaving care.
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 active grant being £168,000 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
13 March 2020
Tel: 020 7812 3700
Charity No. 200051