Grants up to £12,000 (over 3 years) to improve the lives of young people in Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough) that face difficulty and disadvantage, with a focus on looked after children.

    This fund seeks projects working to reduce the risk of children and young people going into care. This could include projects that:

    • build on the strengths of the existing family
    • provide interventions to improve a child or young person’s behaviour and attachment (home, school, etc) and to build their resilience
    • support families in crisis (domestic violence, substance misuse, parents in prison, etc)
    • support kinship care families

    The fund also supports projects that provide support for Care Leavers, including young people over the age of 18.

    Priority is given to work with looked after children that achieves one or more of the following outcomes:

    • Increased level of new looked after children participating in activity
    • Increased confidence / emotional well-being
    • New opportunities / experiences
    • New skills / qualifications
    • Healthier lifestyles
    • More volunteering opportunities
    • Engaging in new hobbies / interests (e.g. sport/art/music)

    It is the aim of the fund that at least 50% of the funding goes directly to groups supporting looked after children.

    Looked After Children

    A Looked After Child is a child in the care of a Local Authority for more than 24 hours, either:

    • through a Care Order made by a Court or
    • voluntary agreement with their parent(s) to accommodate them.

    They may be looked after:

    • in a Children’s Home,
    • by foster carers,
    • in residential settings like schools or secure units, or
    • by other family members.

    All Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children are also Looked After Children

    Who can apply?
    Not-for-profit organisations

    Maximum grant
    £12,000 (over 3 years)

    Eligible area
    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    1st May, 1st November

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