Shackleton Foundation

Social Enterprise Youth

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; and
  • 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: Continuous rolling programme. Successful first round applicants will be required to present their idea to the Trustees in person in London. Meetings are held quarterly, in late January, early May, mid September and late November.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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