Fund: Shackleton Foundation

Fund: Shackleton Foundation

Organisation: Shackleton Foundation
Up to: £10000
Deadline: Ongoing

The Shackleton Foundation awards seed-funding of up to £10,000 to early-stage social entrepreneurs with the potential to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people – just as Sir Ernest Shackleton helped others to overcome their doubts and fears in the face of true adversity. Projects must:

  • be innovative and fresh
  • fulfil a clear need and demand
  • be in the first year of development
  • have a real social impact
  • have well-defined outputs and goals
  • have the potential for real growth and sustainability
  • benefit young people who are predominantly based in the UK


Grants are made to individuals (‘Leaders’) rather than to the organisation. The Foundation is looking for:

  • Leaders with entrepreneurial ideas/inspirational projects capable of making a difference
  • Opportunities to support Leaders setting up their own social ventures with financially sustainable projects with the potential to provide solutions to the problems faced by disadvantaged young people in the UK
  • Early-stage ‘social enterprises’ (not more than 12 months old)
  • Leaders that they believe have the potential to make their ideas work


Leadership qualities sought by Trustees include:

  • Innovation 
  • Enterprise
  • Inspiration
  • Ambition
  • Endurance
  • Courage
  • Passion
  • Energy
  • Dedication

Trustees prefer applicants to be running charities, social enterprises or not-for-profit organisations.


Deadline: Ongoing – applications are reviewed quarterly. See funder’s website for upcoming deadlines.


This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Funder’s website’ above and contact the funder directly for more information.

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