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YOUNG PEOPLE WITH POVERTY OF OPPORTUNITY

Disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Kent face enormous challenges.  The recession has impacted on every community across the county, but none more so than Kent’s young people who have suffered disproportionately from a lack of employment opportunities.  Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust plans to use its funds to support disadvantaged young people and help them navigate the difficult journey into adulthood.   The Trust will allocate its funds through three funding programmes:

Hardship Award Programme

The hardship grants are aimed at disadvantaged young people living in Kent and are intended to meet the costs of practical items such as: interview clothes; course fees; tools or equipment; travel costs to a new job etc.   All applicants must be referred by an approved CFCT referral partner.  If your organisation believes it may be in a position to refer young people for a hardship award please download this guidance material which provides programme criteria and information about how to apply to become a partner.

Approved Referral Partners will be able to make a hardship grant application online by clicking on the following link and entering their password:  Hardship Award Programme Application Form

Investing in Young People Programme

The Trust is interested in hearing from organisations that work with young people with ‘poverty of opportunity’.  The Trust recognises that there are many excellent organisations in Kent working with young people.  However, we are interested in hearing from those where a grant from the Trust of between £15,000 and £75,000 [the majority being between £20,000 and £50,000] would allow them to make a significant and demonstrable difference to these young people.  The Trust expects to receive a great deal of interest for this programme and therefore applicants are asked to download and read the guidance material before completing a brief expression of interest form online.   Projects of interest will be contacted and invited to provide more information in due course. 

Prepare your application in advance - download application questions

Apply here using the online form

Funding for Apprenticeships and Vocational Learning Programme

The Trust is interested in hearing from organisations that can deliver apprenticeships and/or vocational education for young people with ‘poverty of opportunity’.   Organisations may be offering these in house or they may have the ability to unlock employer engagement.  The Trust is particularly interested in organisations that are able to meet the needs of very vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including ex-offenders.  Grants of up to £75,000 [the majority being between £25,000 and £50,000] may be available for outstanding and innovative projects.  Applicants are asked to download and read the guidance material before completing a brief expression of interest form online.    Projects of interest will be invited to provide more information in due course.

Prepare your application in advance - download application questions

Apply here using the online form