Thursday, 3 November 2016

Young People Leaving Care - Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has established a new budget of around £2 million a year for at least 5 years to support young people leaving care so that they may sustain healthy relationships and receive more consistent and high quality support from the state.
There is no minimum or maximum level of grant and no specified length of time for funding. As a guideline, the Foundation’s average grant award is £100,000. Eligible costs include core or project costs, such as staff salaries and overheads. There is no match funding requirement.
The aim of the Fund is to ensure:
1. Care leavers are more easily able to form healthy relationships that help them make a successful transition to adulthood;
2. Young people receive a consistently high standard of statutory support that has been informed by their views; and
3. There is greater alignment and coherence in the work of the voluntary sector in ensuring a successful transition to adult life for care leavers.
The Foundation is looking to support work that:
o Combines good practice with impact that is wider than the immediate beneficiaries by, for example, developing models that can be replicated more widely or influencing local and/or national practice and policy;
o Is clear about the impact it will make and how this will be measured, providing an evidence base for the effectiveness (or not) of the work;
o Is carried out in partnership with local authorities and other organisations, including fellow grantees, that have responsibility for care leavers.
Funding is available to support the charitable work of organisations in the following areas:
1. Work that develops long lasting, supportive relationships for young people in and leaving care:

o Good practice models of how family relationships (including relationships with siblings) can be nurtured rather than broken by the care system;
o Development of existing non-family relationships with friends and significant adults, such as teachers, previous foster carers, sports coaches etc.;
o Development of practical, informal networks that allow care leavers to receive advice, make friends, reduce isolation and grasp positive opportunities;
o Policy and practice for looked after children that values and prioritises long lasting supportive relationships and the positive role the care system can play in nurturing and developing these relationships.
2. Work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services:
o Involving care leavers in decisions about their own lives and in the design of services, in order that they influence the structures and processes that govern how they are treated;
o Advocating for young people leaving care to obtain what they are legally entitled to and need;
o Influencing broader policy, particularly in relation to standardising best practice across the UK;
o Collecting and sharing data and knowledge about care leavers and benchmarking local authority services for care leavers.
Applications are accepted from not-for-profit organisations carrying out charitable work to support young care leavers.
Applicants are advised to check with the Foundation to ensure that their proposed project meets the eligibility criteria.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
After completing an Eligibility Quiz, applications should be submitted via the Foundation's first stage online application process.
During the online application process applicants should select "Young People Leaving Care" as the funding priority and will need to answer the following four questions in no more than 1,500 words:
o Give a brief description of your organisation and its relevant track record;
o What do you want to achieve with the Foundation's funding?
o How will the grant be spent?
o How will the work you propose contribute to the outcomes of the Young People Leaving Care funding stream?
Applications may be submitted at any time.
For further information, visit the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation website.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Tel: 020 7812 3700

(Source: GRIN)

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