The programme is open to all charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations across the UK that are working with disadvantaged children and young people. We want to be assured that the needs of Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and young people are specifically addressed as we recognise racial injustice and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on these communities. We encourage applications from organisations working within these communities.
The programme will fund a variety of projects that help children and young people to build the confidence and skills they need as they develop, supporting them to secure employment and fulfil their career aspirations. Organisations could deliver activities such as: youth support work and music, arts and sports activities that enables development of work readiness skills such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving; support for further education, training or employment that they may not normally have accessed; support through the provisions of volunteering and work experience; support from a trusted, consistent adviser to help young people achieve goals and overcome barriers; and support with mental and physical health problems and housing issues, that may be barriers to employment.
The Inspiring Futures programme will support children and young people between the ages 10 – 24* and the grants will run for a duration of up to 18 months, with awards being made up to £80,000. For further information on the programme and how to apply, please visit the BBC Children in Need or Youth Futures Foundation website. The programme is open for applications from Friday 10th July until 11:30am on Friday 31st July 2020.