Inspiring Futures

The Covid-19 outbreak has exacerbated multiples challenges for young people looking to access further education, training and work.

As a rapid response to the pandemic to support young people during these challeging times, we delivered a series of grants through the Inspiring Futures Fund in partnership with BBC Children in Need.

Through the fund, we provided £7m to 107 frontline charities and social enterprises to deliver positive activities that support children and young people on their journey towards employment.

Funding was targeted at projects that work with young people who experience discrimination or disadvantages that create short or long-term barriers to employment, especially those whose journeys towards employment had been further hit by Covid-19.

Youth Futures and BBC Children in Need funded Cordis Bright to independently evaluate the Inspiring Futures programme. The evaluation, which launched in 2020, focused on the implementation of Inspiring Futures and how it responded to the needs, challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic; the differences made by Inspiring Futures; and learning for the future. The final evaluation outputs produced by the evaluation can be found below and include two final reports, deep dive case studies, summaries for policymakers, practitioners, and young people, and a technical appendix to the final report.

Inspiring Futures Evaluation outputs:

Inspiring Futures – Final report

Inspiring Futures evaluation – Final report (impacts of COVID)

Inspiring Futures evaluation – Summary outputs for practitioners

Inspiring Futures evaluation – Summary output for children and young people

Inspiring Futures – Summary output for policy makers

Inspiring Futures evaluation – Deep dive case studies

Case Study

Friends, Families and Travellers, a national charity working to support individuals and communities from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds, received a grant of £78,035 from the Inspiring Futures Fund.

Case Study

Prior’s Court, a Thatcham-based charity that supports young people aged five to 25 who are affected by autism, received a £45,176 grant from the Inspiring Futures Fund.

Meet the Grantees

Read about the work our grant holders are doing to help young people facing discrimination and disadvantage to access and keep good quality jobs.

How to Apply

We are proud to partner with Children in Need to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £7 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

We regret fund is no longer open for applications.

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Grants Team

If you have any questions about our grants programme, please contact the grants team

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