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Current funding opportunities

Community Investment Fund: Empowering Young Women into Work

This programme is open for applications between 1 November 2018 and 30 November 2018.

We are making £250,000 available from our Community Investment Fund to support marginalised and disadvantaged young women aged 16-30 years who are unemployed, to access decent and sustainable employment.

Young people aged 16-24 face the highest levels of unemployment in Britain, with young women facing higher levels of unemployment and economic inactivity than young men (ONS, 2017). During the period July to September 2017, 264,000 young women were classified as NEET and economically inactive compared to 227,000 young men (Maguire, 2015). A 2017 report for the Young Women's Trust found that economically inactive young women, in particular, tend to be 'written off', and are offered limited support.

Through this funding programme, we are aiming to support voluntary organisations working to empower young women who are unemployed and for whom there is limited existing provision, to access decent and sustainable employment.

Please read our Funding criteria before starting an application.

We have produced step-by-step Guidance notes to help you make a strong application.

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Community Investment Fund

The Community Investment Fund aims to support small-medium sized charitable organisations addressing relevant social issues. Through this fund we aim to work in partnership with the voluntary sector across four key areas: A safe place to call home, Health and wellbeing, The skills to succeed, and Access to employment. Each funding programme will focus on a specific theme within these areas. Funding of up to £250,000 will be available for each programme over a period of two years. Current and upcoming funding programmes include:

Improving Youth Mental Health: We are pleased to be working with six charity partners to address this issue: the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Free to Be Kids, Harlequins Foundation, Leap Confronting Conflict, MAC-UK and St. Matthew's Project.

Applications for Improving Youth Mental Health are now closed.

Combatting Youth Homelessness: We are currently assessing applications received and will be announcing our charity partners towards the end of 2018.

Applications for Combatting Youth Homelessness are now closed.

Empowering Young Women into Work: This programme is open for applications between 1 November 2018 and 30 November 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.

Please keep an eye on our website for further updates. We are unable to accept unsolicited applications outside these funding rounds.

Capacity Building Fund

Launched in July 2018, the Capacity Building Fund aims to help the Berkeley Foundation's existing charity partners to build their resilience and capacity, enabling them to overcome organisational challenges and operate more effectively. The Fund is open to all of our charity partners, whether Strategic Partners, Designated Charities or one of our Community Investment Fund partners and applications of up to £15,000 are encouraged for a period of 1-2 years.

For further information about our Capacity Building Fund, please read the Fund Guidelines. We are unable to accept applications to this fund from other organisations.

FAQs

The Community Investment Fund is open to applications for charitable projects that meet the following criteria:

  • you are a Registered Charity or a Registered Community Interest Company;
  • you operate in Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, West Sussex, Warwickshire or the West Midlands;
  • you meet the eligibility criteria of the specific funding programme you wish to apply for.

We particularly encourage applications from smaller organisations with a turnover of less than £1m.

The Capacity Building Fund is only open to Berkeley Foundation's existing charity partners, whether Strategic Partners, Designated Charities or one of our Community Investment Fund partners.

There is £250,000 available through each funding round of the Community Investment Fund. In general, we consider grant requests of up to £70,000. Please consult the funding criteria prior to submitting an application.

Existing charity partners can apply for a Capacity Building grant of up to £15,000 for a period of 1-2 years.

If you are applying for a grant through the Community Investment Fund, you must complete and submit our online application form together with the necessary documents as advised. We do not consider applications or proposals by email.

Existing charity partners can apply for a grant through the Capacity Building Fund by submitting a business case. Please read the Fund Guidelines for further information.

Funding programmes under the Community Investment Fund are generally open to applications for one month. Deadlines for each grant programme will be displayed on our website.

There are no deadlines for the Capacity Building Fund.

Charities applying to the Community Investment Fund are asked to carefully read the grant programme's funding criteria before making an application. We cannot consider applications which do not meet the basic eligibility criteria. All applicants are requested to apply online via our website and submit a number of supporting documents by email. Applications will not be considered until all supporting information is received.

We will aim to call or meet with all shortlisted applicants in advance of making funding recommendations to the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Existing charity partners are encouraged to read the Fund Guidelines for information about the Capacity Building Fund application process.

The assessment process can take up to 5 months so please bear this in mind when applying to the Community Investment Fund. We cannot fund retrospectively.

We aim to notify charity partners about the decision of their Capacity Building Fund application within two months of receiving it.