Skills for Positive Futures Funding – 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 to 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.
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