The Berkeley Foundation’s Community Investment Fund – Empowering Young Women into Work awards UK registered charities and CICs grants of between £10,000 and £70,000 for up to a period of two years. Projects working to improve access to decent and sustainable employment for marginalised and disadvantaged young women aged 16-30 years in the communities where the Foundation works (Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, West Sussex, Warwickshire and the City of Birmingham) are eligible to apply.
Target beneficiaries might include:
- young women who are economically inactive;
- young women transitioning between education and employment;
- young mothers;
- young women with caring responsibilities;
- young women with physical or mental health problems; and/or
- young women fleeing violence.
The Foundation is particularly keen to support applicants which:
- co-produce services with young women, involving them in service design and delivery;
- adopt an asset-based approach to supporting young women who are unemployed;
- demonstrate an understanding of the additional employment barriers faced by young women;
- take a collaborative approach, working in partnership with one or more other organisations;
- are looking to expand or improve their services, and reach new beneficiaries; and
- take account of new technologies and the changing nature of work.
That are working towards one or more of the following outcomes:
Unemployed young women
- are able to access high quality work experience, apprenticeships and training;
- are able to secure and/or sustain employment;
- have improved emotional capabilities, confidence and motivation to work; and/or
- have reduced personal barriers to work.
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