The Shackleton Foundation aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people by supporting ambitious and inspirational leaders with innovative and scalable social ideas that may be seen as high risk but also with high potential.
Proposed projects should be long-lasting and far-reaching with the potential to provide solutions to intractable social problems faced by young people.
The term 'social entrepreneurship' refers to the development of new models or approaches to social problems with significant potential for breakthrough social impact. Grants are made to individual Leaders and not to teams or organisations. There is a preference for Leaders to be running charities, social enterprises or not-for-profit organisations.
The programme offers assistance with practical aspects of starting up a social venture. This includes up to £10,000 in seed-funding and a year of support from a dedicated mentoring team, with expert advice on maximising impact and building a sustainable business model.
The funding is usually awarded as a single grant of £10,000 to provide the funding needed to get an idea started.
The Foundation is looking for:
o Leaders with entrepreneurial ideas/inspirational projects capable of making a difference;
o Opportunities to support Leaders setting up their own social ventures with financially sustainable projects with the potential to provide solutions to the problems faced by disadvantaged young people;
o Early-stage ‘social enterprises’; and
o Leaders that they believe have the potential to make their ideas work.
Leadership qualities sought by Trustees include:
o Energy; and
o Be innovative and fresh;
o Fulfil a clear need and demand;
o Be in the first two years of development;
o Have a real social impact;
o Have well-defined outputs and goals;
o Have the potential for real growth and sustainability.
The beneficiaries of the work must be young people predominantly based in the UK.
The following are not eligible for funding:
o Projects that are past the stage of being an early-stage start-up;
o Teams or organisations.
Applications may be submitted throughout the year and will be considered at quarterly meetings of the Foundation.
An application form and further information can be found on theShackleton Foundation website.
Completed application forms can be submitted either by email or by post. Applicants will receive feedback whether or not they are successful from the Trustee's administrator.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
The Shackleton Foundation
52 Mount Street
London W1K 2SF
Tel: 020 7499 6171