Blagrave Charitable Trust - Funding Young People in Policy-Making

Aims/priorities: Funding is intended to support projects which help young people to influence policy that affects them and re-dress power imbalances in policy-making. Work should build accessible and inclusive structures for ensuring young people's voices are heard and acted upon. Work should target either national or local government policy-making, or the policies of large public bodies such as the police or NHS.

Funding may be used for:

  • Deliberative and/or creative processes for developing, informing and advocating for policy recommendations.
  • Peer research and follow-up advocacy.
  • Programmes that allow young people and policy-makers to work side-by-side.
  • Initiatives to support young people from under-represented backgrounds to themselves take up policy-making roles.

Priorities include work that:

  • Sets out a clear model and process enabling young people to develop and share their ideas
  • Builds on past experience of involving young people in policy-making.
  • Creates an environment for a wide range of young people to learn and work together.
  • Helps realise the rights of the young people experiencing social injustice, recognising intersectionality and how different issues might interact.
  • Demonstrates the ability to support those young people to participate meaningfully.
  • Faces and addresses the question of privilege.
  • Is progressive in values and willing to challenge the status quo.

Who can apply? Charities and not-for-profit organisations supporting young people in England (aged 16 to 25) who are experiencing disadvantage may apply.

The Trust is particularly interested in work that is part-funded by the policy-making bodies it seeks to influence.

Applications are welcome from organisations working in partnership.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Work whose primary objective is to educate young people on democratic processes and engagement or drive up voter registration.
  • Any work that is not compliant with charity law.

Grant amount: Between £30,000 to £50,000 are available.

Application process: Full guidelines, a link to register for the webinar and an online application form can be found on the Blagrave Charitable Trust website.

Deadline: 25 February 2022.

Contact information: Email

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over £25,000
Charitable Company
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Children and Young People
Unpublish Date: 
Friday, 25 February, 2022