Inspiring Futures Programme

Friday, 31 July 2020 - 11:30am

The funding programme was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has increased the existing challenges for children and young people who are looking to access further education, training and work. Grants of between £10,000 and £80,000 are available for work commencing in October 2020.

The funding is intended for positive activities which support children and young people who are facing barriers to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

To be eligible organisations must:

  • Be registered with the appropriate regulatory body, such as the relevant Charity Commission or Companies House.
  • Meet BBC Children in Need’s Minimum Standards for Grantmaking regarding safeguarding, governance and finances.

The funding is for projects that work with young people aged 10 to 24 in England and young people aged 10 to 18 in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are experiencing discrimination or disadvantages which create short- or longer-term barriers to employment, especially those whose journeys towards employment have been further disrupted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Groups of children and young people that may be facing barriers include:

  • Children and young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, particularly those most at risk of facing disparities in the labour market (eg, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black, Mixed, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage).
  • Those not in employment, education or training (NEET).
  • Young people who have experience of the care system.
  • Young parent or having a caring responsibility.
  • Those that are economically disadvantaged (eligible for free school meals) or living in an area of high deprivation.
  • Disabled children and young people and children and young people with learning disabilities.
  • Those affected by experience of the criminal justice system.
  • Those affected by exclusion from education or alternative education provision.
  • Those affected by homelessness.
  • Those affected by mental health issues.
  • Those affected by long-term health conditions.
  • Those affected by substance misuse.

Projects should identify three main differences (outcomes) they aim to make in the lives of the children and young people they work with and show the connection between these differences, and the positive journey towards employment. Outcomes could include (but are not limited to):

  • Improved life skills such as listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.
  • Positive relationships with trusted adults and organisations in order to provide opportunities, learning, advice, mentoring, coaching, experience or jobs.
  • Raised aspirations or horizons through new experiences and opportunities.
  • Increased appetite for lifelong training and learning that strengthens young people’s ability to adapt and take up new opportunities as they arise.
  • Improved core skills such as literacy and numeracy as a passport into training or employment.
BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation