We understand the valuable work of charities in England and the difference their work can make. We support selected charities in England working with disadvantaged young people.

We provide grants up to a maximum of £10,000 for organisations that enable disadvantaged young people to have more opportunities in education or employment. Registered charities in England can apply for these grants.

Eligibility:
You must provide:
– A valid current registration as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with a valid UK registered bank account in the name of the organisation
– A 2-page concept note

You must show that:
– You will target young people aged 11-21 from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds in England
– You will focus on providing pathways to higher education and/or employment.

Particular merit will be given to organisations that meet one of the following criteria:
– Work with young people outside a formal setting
– Target young people no longer in school, supporting them in life skills or employability
– Further education or apprenticeships

We are looking to support projects that work with hard-to-reach young people, building their confidence and aspiration.

Areas we will fund:
– Programmes
– Feasibility studies, project evaluations and community consultations
– Core costs for delivery
– Training
– Strategy development

Kusuma Trust values professional development and the importance of a skilled workforce to create sustainable change. We will therefore consider grants for training or for a training budget to be included with your application where you can provide evidence of how this will enhance opportunities for young people.

What is not eligible for funding:
 
– Funding for projects or programmes that are completed
    
– Organisations that benefit only one or a small number of individuals (e.g under 10)
– Funding for political or religious activities
    
– Organisations that encourage activities that may lead to any form of civil unrest
   
– Organisations linked to terrorist activity or terrorist organisations
– Organisations with an annual turnover more than £250,000

Assessment:
Organisations that apply for a grant will be assessed and will need to show excellence in the following:
   – Organisational governance and management
    
– Organisational capacity to implement grants effectively
    
– Fundraising and sustainability
– Innovation
– Building partnerships and community engagement
    
– Evidence of positive impact and success
– Changing the lives of young people
– Clarity on needs that exist that they are seeking to overcome

We are looking for ideas that you may be able to replicate on a larger scale. Please note that we prioritise new applicants although previous grantees will be considered.

If your application is successful, due diligence will be carried out by the Trust. This will include (but not limited to) reviewing governance and management, financial accounts, the capacity to implement projects, technical expertise and current partnerships. The Trust will consider funding the core costs of organisations in order to allow them to carry out work matching the Trust’s vision and mission.

How to apply:
If the work of your organisation meets the eligibility criteria and fits with our strategic priorities, you may download, complete and submit the concept note form (found on the left of this page) to grants@kusumatrust.org for the attention of the Head of Programmes by 29 September 2017. We endeavour to respond to all applications, however, if you have not heard within eight weeks of the closing date please assume that your request for funding has been unsuccessful on this occasion.