Monday, 11 July 2016


The Society Foundation is a new Charitable Trust, registered with the Charity Commission in November 2015 with the following aims:
“To offer grants to programmes or organisations seeking to help people from the following groups move towards paid employment:
o The recently homeless or vulnerably house;
o Ex-offenders; and
o 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEETs)”.
Typically, micro-grants up to £1,000 for small or growing organisations are available.
The Foundation states that it is particularly interested in providing funding for “capacity building activities that will help increase an organisation’s sustainability and effectiveness, such as:
o IT infrastructure;
o Staff training and development;
o Monitoring and evaluation; and
o External consultancy support.”
The Foundation aims to work in partnership with the organisations it supports, setting mutually agreed goals with clear timescales.
The following are not supported:
o Individuals;
o General overheads or non-specific staff costs;
o Political causes, lobbying, campaigns or policy work;
o The promotion of religion, or projects that only provide benefit to a specific religious group;
o Animal welfare;
o Umbrella or grant making organisations;
o Projects based outside the UK;
o Projects that have already taken place;
o Generic circular appeals.
Applications may be made at any time via the Foundation’s website.
The application process is deliberately light-touch and accessible. However, potential applicants should bear in mind that the Foundation has made relatively few awards to date.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Simon Lucas
12 Standhill Close
SG4 9B
Tel: 07912487132
(Source: GRIN)

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