Rights and Equalities
All of the Trust’s funding awards aim to benefit the full diversity of young people who are currently part of the care system or who have a background in the system. This includes young people who are or have been looked after at home, in secure care, in foster care, in kinship care, or in residential care.
However, care experienced young people who, under the Equality Act 2010, have protected characteristics are currently under-represented as beneficiaries within our Programme.
This year, we launched a new small grants scheme called Empowerment Grants, designed to support projects which target care experienced young people who may face additional disadvantage due to protected characteristics, experience of youth justice, homelessness or mental health issues.
These young people are sometimes referred to as “hard to reach”. We prefer to use the term “quieter voices”.
Expressions of interest
Following the first round of Empowerment Grants, we have approved 17 applications for funding. We have subsequently identified funding gaps in relation to care experienced young people who may experience disadvantage due to:
- sexual orientation/gender reassignment
- physical/learning disability
- race, religion or belief
As a result, we are currently seeking expressions of interest from organisations who:
- have an established track record of working with young people in relation to the above issues
- are interested in delivering a project which specifically targets care experienced young people
Applicants can apply for a maximum of £75,000 for up to three years. We expect successful applicants to fully engage young people in the design and delivery of their proposal.
Read more about this funding opportunity, timescales and how to apply here.