Young People Grant Programme 2017

The Trust’s overarching aim is to improve the lives of people in Kent, and in particular those who are most disadvantaged and living at the margins of society.   Over the years the Trust has supported Kent communities through a range of funding programmes.

As part of our Investing in Young People Programme, the Trust is interested to hear about potential new projects that could make a demonstrable difference to the lives of young people with poverty of opportunity from organisations that work with them.

We recognise 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. 

Project Proposals

Project proposals should be aimed at meeting the needs of young people in one or more of the following categories:

  • Educational underachievers aged 14-16 and not expecting to achieve five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades A-C
  • Unemployed – aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment
  • Offenders and ex-offenders – aged 14-25
  • Those in or leaving care
  • Other groups of disengaged, disaffected and vulnerable young people

Projects may focus on meeting their needs in a range of ways, for example (but not exclusively):

  • Improving academic achievement
  • Building self-confidence and supporting young people into education or employment
  • Reducing offending and anti-social behaviour
  • Improving mental health

How to apply

  1. Read through the full guidance material

The Trust expects to receive a great deal of interest for this programme, so please ensure you read this carefully. This contains information on eligibility criteria and exclusions.

2. Download the application questions

We recommend that you prepare you answers to these in advance and it may be helpful to save these into a word document, so that you are able to copy and paste them into your application form.

3. Finally, you need to fill out this online form

If you have any questions, please follow the query instructions in the guidance document.

Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust was established in 1969 by Sir James Colyer-Fergusson. Since then,  the Trustees have made grants in his honour to preserve beautiful Kent churches, promote musical and academic excellence and support local communities . In recent years the Trust has made grants to improve the quality of life of local people by funding community projects that tackle poverty and social exclusion. It has also supported the sustainability of local churches and in particular their role as an important community resource. The trustees regularly review and revise their funding policies to ensure that Trust money continues to be well spent.

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