Skills for Positive Futures Funding – Applications open until 3 July 2019

Article date
14 June 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Berkeley Foundation is launching Skills for Positive Futures, a funding programme which will
support vulnerable children and young people aged 8-14 years, to develop the life skills they need to thrive and make positive choices.

Two grants sizes are available for a three year period on a full cost recovery basis:

  1. Small grants of up £30K
  2. Medium-sized grants of up to £270K

All funded projects need to be working towards three or more of the following outcomes:
Vulnerable young people at risk of exclusion have

  • reduced risk of exclusion from school;
  • improved individual behaviour;
  • greater contribution to positive community activities;
  • increased capability to manage emotions;
  • improved ability to make responsible choices.

Projects should:

  • seek to pilot a new approach, expand or improve services, or reach new beneficiaries;
  • provide long-term, intensive support for selected, high-risk groups of young people;
  • build on good quality, local provision;
  • work in partnership with one or more organisations;
  • involve young people in service design and delivery; and
  • adopt an asset-based approach to supporting young people.

Projects of interest include:

  • Structured community-based activities with a focus on skills development;
  • Mentoring programmes;
  • Conflict management training and support;
  • Schools-based life skills and social and emotional training programmes working intensively with selected, high-risk groups; and
  • Wraparound support for the family and community.

Who can apply:

  • registered charities
  • community interest companies provided the funding is restricted and used for entirely charitable delivery

Application process

Apply online here by 3 July.

Shortlisted applicatis will be notified by Dec 2019, with funding to start Jan/Feb 2020