Our Charities Programme is funding programmes of work principally based in London and Kent, which support young people who are not in employment, education or training – to help them move into meaningful work. Grants of up to £10,000 per-annum are available, with awards for three years open to consideration.
Education is a central theme for our charity and so we particularly (but not exclusively) look to support programmes of work where young people receive a vocational and accredited (or professionally recognised) qualification. We look to support projects with a track record of success, or where the specific model of work is proven to be successful.
Atwell recognises that disadvantage is multi-faceted, experienced as interlinked challenges. Therefore we look to support work that is responding holistically to the needs young people face. Specifically, we understand disadvantage to comprise three linked factors:
Firstly a poverty of resource; understood as a lack of money, qualifications or other tangible material factors. Next is a poverty of relationship; for example a lack of family, community or professional connections. Finally a poverty of identity; such as a lack of aspiration or self-worth.
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.
Our eligibility criteria for the programme is as follows:
We also have additional priorities that we wish to see as much as possible:
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.
In addition to what we will fund, there are a range of things that Atwell does not normally fund:
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 apply. Applications will be considered at meetings of our Committee in April and November 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.
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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.
Additionally, the Skinners’ Company is a philanthropic membership organisation – combining grants with the skills and time of our members. If an award is made, it is our aim to partner funded organisations with members of the Company (with relevant skills and expertise) where beneficial, to maximise our benefit to you. This is a practice commonly known as ‘Grants Plus’.