Funding Round-up – Children and Youth (part 1), October 2021

Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on children and youth themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme
BBC Children in Need has launched support for children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.
Delivered by Family Fund Business Services (FFBS), the Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme provides grant items that meet children and young peoples’ most basic needs or are critical to their wellbeing.
The programme can deliver or fund critical items including:
  • Gas or electric cookers
  • Essential household items
  • Furniture and kitchen equipment
  • Children’s beds and bedding
  • Washing machines
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations
FFBS advises that applications must be completed by a registered referrer, who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.
At the time of writing, the scheme can be seen as a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.
More information can be found at the FFBS website.

Children, Young People & Families Theme funding from KCF
Continuing its work through their Themed Funding programmes, Kent Community Foundation (KCF) awards grants of up to £5,000 (£7,500 considered for exceptional applications) to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities with projects that are making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Kent and Medway.
The deadline for this season is 30th November 2021, with further dates to be announced.
For more information and how to apply, visit the KCF website.

Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs from The Variety Club
Grants averaging £250-£600 are available from The Variety Club for associated youth clubs in the UK that provide opportunities for improving social skills, team spirit and self-esteem for young people aged from 8 to 18 years. The grants are for equipment.
The Club advises the scheme is a Continuous Rolling Programme, so applications can be accepted at any time.
More information and how to apply are available at the Club’s website.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)
Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 – this can include Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities.
Available from Ironmongers’ Company's grants programme, the funders are particularly interested to hear from projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. This can include:
  • Support special educational needs
  • Address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, and
  • Address parenting or life skills.
The funder also advises preference would be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.
With their Appeals Committee meeting twice a year, The Company advises the next deadline for applications is 15th
December 2021, with further dates to be announced in later seasons.
More information and how to apply can be found at the funder’s website.

Support for Young People from Buttle UK
National charity Buttle UK is offering financial help for young people, age 16 to 20, that receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment.
To apply, Buttle UK ask that the young person shows they have a clear ambition or intentions in the area of education, training or employment that they are pursuing or intend to pursue within three months of the application.
Buttle UK can provide a financial support package
to meet this ambition, and also help them to set up home, or to improve their emotional, mental or physical wellbeing.
Each package of support can be worth up to £2,000
and can include:
  • Equipment to take up a training opportunity
  • Interview clothes
  • A computer for their studies
  • Travel costs to get to college
The charity advises the application must be completed by a support worker in collaboration with the young person.
At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the Support Scheme could be made at any time.
For more details and how to apply, visit the charity’s website.

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