Empowerment Grants

National project
Award: £375,000
Timescale: 2017 - 2020

Project aims

To create a small grants fund which will support a wide range of projects, preferably led by care experienced young people, with a particular focus on growing and strengthening their voice.

Background

The Empowerment Grants scheme will allow the Trust to invest in small projects (with a preference for young people-led projects) which support care experienced young people to express themselves and exercise their rights; develop their confidence and skills; improve their opportunities to have their say on things which matter to them; increase their opportunities to take part in community life.

This approach will also allow us to test out the role of small grants in contributing to the empowerment of care experienced young people and provide opportunities for organisations and services working with care experienced young people to strengthen their empowerment approach.

The grant scheme will provide a mechanism to target particular groups of care experienced young people who can be harder to reach, e.g. young people affected by disabilities; young people within the youth justice system; young people who are looked after at home.

More Information

The Empowerment Grants scheme has allowed the Trust to invest in small projects which support care experienced young people to express themselves and exercise their rights, develop their confidence and skills, improve opportunities for them to have their say on things which matter to them and increase their opportunities to take part in community life.

This approach also allows us to test out the role of small grants in contributing to the empowerment of care experienced young people and providing opportunities for organisations and services working with care experienced young people to strengthen their empowerment approach.

The grant scheme will provide a mechanism to target particular groups of care experienced young people who can be harder to reach, for example young people affected by disabilities, young people within the youth justice system and young people who are looked after at home.

In early 2017, the Trust pledged almost £400,000 to empowerment grants.  The first round of funding resulted in the following projects, with a total spend of £109,854:

  • Aberlour Child Care Trust (National project)
  • Articulate Cultural Trust (East Renfrewshire)
  • Barnardo’s Highlands (Highlands)
  • Cyrenians (Edinburgh and West Lothian)
  • Dean and Cauvin Trust (Edinburgh)
  • Falkirk Council (Falkirk)
  • Move On (Edinburgh and Glasgow)
  • Options in Life (St. Andrews)
  • Outfit Moray (Moray)
  • Scottish Churches Housing Action (Renfrewshire)
  • Stirling Council (Stirling)
  • Trust in Fife (The Oasis Project) (Fife)
  • Voice of My Own (VOMO) (Borders)
  • Xchange Scotland (Glasgow and surrounding area)
  • Y Sort It (West Dunbartonshire

More information will be available on each project soon.

 

Outcomes we'd like to see

Care experienced young people have opportunities to be active citizens. Example project outcomes:

  • care experienced young people have more opportunities to get involved in activities that matter to them, including sport, music, drama, art and media
  • care experienced young people have more opportunities to tell their stories
  • care experienced young people can develop their talents

Care experienced young people have opportunities to influence policy and practice affecting their lives. Example project outcomes:

  • care experienced young people are confident about giving their views
  • care experienced young people understand their rights

Organisations can demonstrate meaningful participation of young people. Example project outcomes:

  • organisations have knowledge and understanding of care experienced young people
  • organisations and communities engage care experienced young people
  • projects are led by care experienced young people