What We Fund
BFSS supports work that aims to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of Young Carers and Care Experienced Young People under the age of 25 living in the UK.
Applications must be new or innovative interventions that are evidence based, with an emphasis on evaluation and the intention that the intervention will be scaled up or replicated if successful.
Funding is available for one to five years
We will fund between £30,000 to £100,000 per project (maximum £30,000 per year for multi year projects)
Annual grant payments cannot exceed 50% of an organisation’s 3-year average income.
Funding is available for new or pilot projects. We do not fund existing programmes.
BFSS will fund between 25% to 100% of the total project costs, but will give preference to projects with some degree of matched funding.
We will fund projects which:
- Improve educational outcomes – including the support of Care Experienced Young People and Young Carers to attend and engage in mainstream school life, improving their access to out of school support and increasing the number of education professionals able to understand their needs.
- Improve life chances – including improving the support for Care Experienced Young People and Young Carers (aged 16-24) to access further education, employment or training opportunities and improving support for them to remain engaged with these opportunities.
- Encourage innovation – supporting new or innovative interventions that are evidence based, with an emphasis on evaluation and the intention that the intervention will be scaled up or replicated if successful.
We appreciate it may not always be practical for all of the young people supported by the project to be Young Carers or Care Experienced Young People but we expect these young people to be the driving need for the project and for it to specifically address their unique challenges and needs.
Additional Covid-19 funding priority:
Given the impact of Covid-19 and the expectation that the disadvantage gap will almost certainly widen for Young Carers and Care Experienced Young People, BFSS is keen to receive applications for approaches that seek to directly address this impact on these young people and work to close this gap.
These should be evidenced approaches that can be either new or innovative approaches or proven solutions with successful track records of transforming educational outcomes and life chances for Young Carers or Care Experienced Young People.
BFSS does not usually fund:
Services which are available through the state-sponsored education system (including the Pupil Premium); existing projects, summer camps; bursaries or scholarships; expeditions, volunteering trips and conferences; international travel; projects where salaries, transport or running costs are the main expense.
Who Can Apply
UK registered charities with an income normally between £25,000 and £2.5 million. Charities must be financially sound and registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, and must have at least three years of continuous accounts submitted to the relevant UK Charity Commission or Regulator.
UK based and state funded schools, academies, colleges and other educational establishments regardless of their income size, providing they can demonstrate a network effect beyond one individual school. Organisations must be financially sound and have at least three years of continuous accounts submitted to the relevant UK regulator.
Organisations should be directly involved in the provision of the project activities. We do not fund organisations whose primary purpose is fundraising.