Funding news - 08/08/2017

Kusuma Trust Relaunches Small Grants Programme

The Kusuma Trust is inviting small registered charities working with disadvantaged young people in England to apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The Kusuma Trust UK is an independent grant making organisation that aims to facilitate and increase access to education and other life opportunities for children and young people, with a focus on the most disadvantaged. The Trust works to enable children and young people to realise their potential and break the inter-generational cycle of poverty.

The Trust has developed a strategy which includes working in England to improve education outcomes for young people. One component of its work in England includes a small grants programme.

The grants programme is open to registered charities with an annual turnover of £250,000 or less and that have a valid current registration with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and a valid UK registered bank account in the organisation’s name.

Applicants must be able to show that:

  • They will target young people aged 11-21 years from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds in England.
  • They will focus on providing pathways to higher education and/or employment.

There is particular interest in organisations that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Work with young people outside a formal setting.
  • Target young people no longer in school, supporting them in life skills or employability.
  • Further education or apprenticeships.

The Trust is looking to support projects that work with hard-to-reach young people, building their confidence and aspiration. The funding can be used for programmes, feasibility studies, project evaluations and community consultations, core costs for delivery, training and strategy development.

As the Trust values professional development and the importance of a skilled workforce to create sustainable change, it will consider grants for training or for a training budget to be included with the application where the applicant can provide evidence of how this will enhance opportunities for young people.

The Trust is looking for ideas that maybe replicated on a larger scale. Priority will be given to new applicants although previous grantees will be considered.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2017.

Further information can be found on the Kusuma Trust website.

Source: Kusuma Trust, 08/08/2017