The Hobson Looked After Children and Young People Funds


Who can apply:

  • Registered charities and,
  • Constituted community organisations, and CICs, within Northern Ireland, who have experience in, and are working to support looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care
  • Eligible organisations can apply to both funds if they wish, providing it is for two different projects

Criteria:

Applications are invited from community and voluntary sector organisations who are supporting looked after children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Funding will be focused on those organisations who can find innovative ways to meet the needs of looked after children and young people, particularly at this time, when usual events and activities may not be able to take place, and mental health issues have been further exacerbated.

What can be supported within the fund themes?

We will have two funding programmes;

Fund 1 – A programme of support that focuses on provision of mentoring and befriending support, and individual bursaries for looked after young people, and those transitioning from care, aged 16 and over.  The bursaries will be distributed to eligible applicants through a support organisation.  We expect the applicant organisation to apply with a programme of support in mind, which must include provision to manage a bursary application process.  The focus of this will be on those young people most in need, and not in receipt of high levels of support from other organisations.

We will support:

  • Development of relationships with friends, significant adults and networks, who can support the young person to thrive
  • 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
  • Bursaries for training, capital items such as laptops to enable training, and any necessary cost to ensure that the young person thrives and has access to opportunities.

There will be one award of £30,000 made to one organisation to develop a Hobson Bursary Scheme, and mentoring and befriending programme, which reaches those most in need, and those who do not have access to other levels of support.

 

Fund 2 – A programme of activities, which might include training and building skills, social activities, and other activities which support looked after children and young people, to ensure they have access to the same opportunities in life and thrive as best as possible.

We will support:

  • Activity programmes aimed at developing interest in creative arts, developing education and skills, reducing isolation and disadvantage

Six grants of up to £10,000 will be offered to six different organisations for programme activity.

 

We expect projects to include:

 

  • An innovative, expanded, and/or more efficient and effective service offer
  • Strong leadership and governance
  • Improved management systems
  • Sound impact measurement systems
  • Thoughts around future strategic planning and direction in relation to support for looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care
  • Collaborative approaches, where possible
  • Strengthened networks

The Fund will not support:

+The Community Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy ie those linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

In addition the Community Foundation will not support the following:

  • The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion;
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972;
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.

We also generally do not fund:

  • Projects outside Northern Ireland
  • Party political activity
  • Trips abroad
  • Individuals, unless through the bursary programme which will be managed by an eligible organisation
  • Replacement of statutory funding
  • Funding for projects that have already started.  The panel will, however, welcome proposals for financial support to continue an existing successful project, where funding is coming to an end, or to further develop an existing project to enable further impact.
  • Groups who have not complied with previous monitoring requirements
  • Groups with more than four live grants at any one time

Applying to the Hobson Looked After Children and Young People Fund

Application process for both funds:

The applications will be invited through an online application on the Community Foundation’s website www.communityfoundationni.org and will follow two stages:

Stage One: Initial online application via the Community Foundation’s website by 1:00pm on 7 December 2020.

This must include an organisation strength checker – https://vcsestrengthchecker.org.uk/.  This must be attached to your application, and must help shape the nature of what you are requesting financial assistance for.

Stage Two: Shortlisted applications will be invited to present their project to the Hobson Fund panel representatives, and other sector leaders, on 13 Jan 2021

This will consist of a ten minute presentation, followed by approximately ten minutes of discussion and questions from the fund panel representatives.  Please note that depending on government restrictions and social distancing guidelines, this presentation may require to be done remotely using an online platform.

Applicants are required to provide the following with their application, if you have not applied to the Community Foundation for NI in the last twelve months:

 

  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be signed and dated;
  • A copy of your most recent accounts or up to date income and expenditure;
  • A copy of a current account bank statement for your organisation’s bank account – this must be in the same name as your constitution, dated within the past three months.  If the bank statement is overdrawn please provide an explanation as to why the account is overdrawn.  The Foundation staff will then consider this explanation in line with our due diligence policies and procedures.
  • A copy of your safeguarding policies including child protection and vulnerable adult policies.

Closing Date: Dec 7, 2020 13:00

Dec 7, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Six grants of up to £10,000 and one award of £30,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund aims to support looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care, to support them to feel emotionally stable and financially secure, and ultimately make sure that they are able to thrive in life. We want to make a small number of awards to those organisations working in the community and voluntary sector, who are delivering innovative and new projects offering additional value for looked after children at this time, in areas where statutory support is falling short of need, is limited, or in some places at the moment non existent.

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The fund will be open for applications from 9:00am on 2nd November 2020, and will close at 1:00pm on 7th December 2020.

Apply online by clicking here:

Looked After Children and Young People – Fund 1

Looked After Children and Young People – Fund 2

 

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