supporting young people fulfil their potential

Funding Policy

General Application Guidelines

Small Grants – Under £5000

It is recommended that all applicants take time to read these guidelines in order to avoid submitting applications that are likely to be rejected. Only if you think your project falls within our criteria should you submit the Grant Application Form. Trustees are keen to spare charities the wasted time and costs involved in applying when there is no prospect of success. The majority of grants are for less than £5,000.

The Trust’s grant making focuses on funding charities whose mission is to turn young people’s experience of disadvantage into solutions between the ages of 16 – 25 that are providing advice and assistance and organizing programmes of educational and other activities as a means of developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.

Funding is primarily for one-off projects.

Application forms

Trustees will only consider appeals made on their own application form and every section must be completed including the Statement of Financial Activities. The grant application form can be requested by email to

You are asked to keep the grant application form to one page. It is not sufficient to answer “see attached documents”. If supplementary information is sent this should be in addition to the information requested by the Trustees on their form. Please ensure you complete the amount required section. All applications must include a detailed project budget.

Please be clear when applying who your target users are, what your projected outcomes are and how many people will benefit from the grant. If this is a continuation of existing work what are your outcomes to date? If your request is for a one-off project, what will be its legacy? Trustees are interested in helping smaller organisations that offer direct services and those that encourage cross community participation. Any participation by past or current users of the service should be mentioned and is encouraged.

We also request that you tell us the region in which you operate.

Annual Report and Accounts

To reduce the carbon footprint of our application process, please do not send us your Annual Report & Accounts with your initial application unless they are unavailable on the Charity Commission Website. We are interested in how much you hold as “free” reserves; which is that part of your funds free from any constraints as to their use. (Please complete the Statement of Financial Activities section with care).

If your charity’s income is under £10,000 we will need to see evidence of your income and expenditure for the past year.

If your application passes the first round, we may contact you for further information.

Project budget

All applications must include a detailed project budget. If your application is for a specific project, it would also be helpful to know where the balance of funds will come from.