The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new funding programme for organisations working to ensure that care leavers are decision makers in the choices that affect their lives.
Spending over £2m a year for at least 5 years the Foundation will support young people leaving care to sustain healthy relationships and to receive more consistent and high quality support from the state. The Foundation is looking for applications that ensure care leavers are more easily able to form healthy relationships that help them make a successful transition to adulthood and to ensure young people leaving care receive a consistently high standard of statutory support that has been informed by their views.
Funding is available for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. There are no limits on grant size or length. The average grant in 2015 was £100,000 over 3 years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but the Foundation would also consider making social investments.
Applications are now being accepted, with the first Young People Leaving Care grants likely to be made early in 2017.