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Skinners’ Charity Foundation

Young People’s Vocational Development

Charities Programme

This Charities Programme is funding programmes of work which support NEET young people to move into employment or become employment ready. Grants of up to £10,000 per-year are available, with awards for three years open to consideration. Our giving is focussed primarily in London and Kent.

Education is a theme for this programme and so we particularly (but not exclusively) look to support programmes of work where young people receive a vocational qualification, as part of their employment progression. We look to support projects with a track record of success, or where the specific model of work is proven to be successful.

We recognise that disadvantage is complex, experienced as many interlinked challenges. We look to support work that is responding holistically to the needs young people face.

We also recognise that immediate employment may be beyond some young people initially. Where this is not possible, clear progression routes should be evident - such as moving on to further qualifications or through developing clearly employable skills during the project.


Funding Criteria

Our eligibility criteria for the programme is as follows:

  • Projects that support NEET young people to move into employment
  • Where successful outcomes can be evidenced
  • The project is run by an registered not-for-profit organisation, with at least one set of audited or independently examined annual accounts
  • The charity's annual turnover does not exceed £1,000,000

We also have additional priorities that we wish to see as much as possible:

  • Work based in London and Kent
  • Young people attain a vocational qualification
  • The project offers long-term tracking of beneficiaries, to establish quality outcomes
  • The project is operating in partnership with other local organisations

Funding is available for specific projects, rather than general organisational costs. We will however consider pro-rata staffing and operational costs where appropriate. Additionally, we will not award a grant that represents more than 20% of the current annual running costs of the organisation.


We Don't Fund

In addition to what we will fund, there are a range of things that we do not fund:

  • Work that does not support young people into employment or to become employment ready
  • Projects that have no community or charitable element
  • Retrospective funding, deficits or loans
  • Organisations which are not a registered not-for-profit organisation
  • Organisations with an annual turnover above £1,000,000
  • Organisations with reserves of more than 12 months' expenditure
  • Organisations that do not provide direct services to clients
  • Organisations which applied to us unsuccessfully within the previous 18 months
  • Capital Costs
  • Services which are a statutory responsibility
  • Projects that are primarily for the advancement of religion or politics (this does not exclude faith based charities, however we may ask for a copy of your non-proselytizing policy)
  • Overseas work


Applications & Deadlines

Before submitting a full application, we ask that the charity contact us by email with a short outline of the project. If you are eligible we will be in touch with full details of how to make a complete application. Applications will be considered at meetings of our Committee in spring and autumn each year - with deadlines c6 weeks prior. During our assessment we may request a visit to find out more. We will communicate all decisions following the date of the meeting.

E: charities@skinners.org.uk | T: 020 7213 0561

The next application deadline to submit a complete application us: Friday 16 August 2024



If an award is made, the terms of our grant will be included with notification of our decision. This will include end of year monitoring, with any future instalments of our grant conditional on this.



If you have received a grant from us, and this award is coming to an end, we may be able to consider a reapplication from your organisation. We are open to reapplications for a further two years, bringing our total funding period to a maximum of five years. We won't consider a funding period for longer than this.

Reapplying organisations must display a high degree of project impact, the effective use of these past funds, and what they have learnt over the period of our support. Please contact us first before submitting a reapplication for funding.