The Berkeley Foundation has launched a new funding programme called Skills for Positive Futures. The programme has £350,000 of funding available for voluntary organisations that directly support young people at risk of exclusion and vulnerable to involvement in violence.

Although many factors influence whether a young person will become involved in criminal activity, evidence shows that those at risk of permanent exclusion from school are exceptionally vulnerable. According to Ofsted, children who are excluded from school are at increased risk of gang grooming and twice as likely to carry a knife.

This programme aims to support community-led organisations that provide targeted early-intervention support for 8 to 14 year olds, equipping them with the skills to make positive life choices.

Community interest companies, registered charities, and voluntary sector organisations can apply for a small grant of up to £30,000 or a medium sized grant of up to £90,000 for a 3 year project.

The deadline for applications is 3 July 2019. For more information visit http://www.berkeleyfoundation.org.uk/grants/apply-for-funding (External Link)