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Secure Futures Fund

The Quilter Foundation Secure Futures Fund

A £450,000 fund to support UK charities empowering young people to build a secure future through employment. Find out how to apply here.

The Quilter Foundation’s mission is to empower young people to fulfil their potential, thrive and prosper. A priority theme for The Foundation is employment – helping young people develop the skills, experience and confidence to work, earn and build a secure future for themselves.

Whilst the UK reports relatively low unemployment levels, the figures mask significant challenges. Young people still face the highest levels of unemployment when compared with other age groups. Social mobility is also a problem. If born disadvantaged, young people are more likely to face barriers to employment, particularly in accessing certain industries and ‘professional’ occupations. This disadvantage is further compounded if you are a woman, disabled, and/or from an ethnic minority background.1

That’s why we have introduced the Secure Futures Fund. The £450,000 Fund is designed to support charities who are delivering innovative programmes that support young people (aged 16-25) to build a secure future through employment.

Eligible charities can apply for a grant of up to £50,000 per annum over a three-year period. The closing date for expressions of interest is midday on Friday 28 June. Find out how to apply here.

How the Secure Futures Fund will be used

The Foundation will use the fund to support projects which can evidence that they help young people:

  • move into sustainable, high quality employment;
  • develop employment skills to enable them to move towards or into employment;
  • access new employment related opportunities; including work experience, job placements and apprenticeships;
  • overcome practical and personal barriers to employment.

The Foundation is also interested in applications which:

  • demonstrate an innovative approach to tackling youth unemployment;
  • involve or have involved beneficiaries in their programme design;
  • address local employment challenges and skills gaps;
  • take a collaborative approach and work in partnership with other charities and statutory organisations;
  • extend the reach of the charity or pilot new approaches to supporting beneficiaries;
  • respond to the changing nature of employment and the impact of technology on the future employment market;
  • are able to leverage the value of Quilter plc’s resources and people.

Eligibility criteria

In addition to the desired attributes above, The Secure Futures Fund will accept applications for charitable projects that meet all of the following criteria:

  • are from a UK registered Charity or Community Interest Company;
  • seek funding for work which is being delivered in Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Southampton or Swindon. If you are a national charity you may apply for funding to cover delivery within one or more of these areas;
  • directly support young people aged 16-25 years who are unemployed, and for whom there is limited existing provision.

The Fund is not able to support:

  • businesses
  • social enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • individuals
  • organisations who do not have delivery in the priority geographies outlined above
  • organisations where observance of a particular faith is a prerequisite of support.

It is also unable to support applications which relate to:

  • capital projects
  • existing core activities
  • predominantly research (although projects with an element of research will be considered, where there is a clear case for its value)
  • repayment of loans
  • projects which have already been delivered
  • projects which are unable to evidence their impact by reporting against The Quilter Foundation evaluation framework.

Available funding

Applicants may apply for up to £50,000 per annum for up to a three-year period.

The Quilter Foundation is open to collaboration with other funders and is happy for proposals to include match funding, where necessary.

Proposals may include appropriate core costs.

How to apply

Before submitting an expression of interest, please check the eligibility criteria above to ensure your charity/project is eligible for consideration.

Please complete our online expression of interest form and email it to:

The Quilter Foundation is unable to accept applications by post or fax.

The closing date for expressions of interest to be submitted is midday on Friday 28th June 2019.

The Foundation will inform all those who submit an expression of interest whether it will be progressed, however due to the number of applications it will not be able to provide feedback at this stage.

Trustees will meet to assess applications in October 2019:

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1Social Mobility Commission, State of the Nation 2018-19: Social Mobility in Great Britain


The Quilter Foundation reserves the right to exclude any application that it deems outside its criteria. Funding will be subject to The Quilter Foundation’s discretion and the successful applicant entering into a separate contract with The Quilter Foundation on completion of the application and due diligence process.

The Quilter Foundation’s rights: The Quilter Foundation reserves the right to:

(a) waive or change the requirements of the Fund from time to time without prior notice;
(b) withdraw the Fund at any time, or re-invite applications on the same or any alternative basis; and
(c) choose not to award funding as a result of the application process.

Applicant costs: The Quilter Foundation will not in any circumstances be liable for any costs, expenditure, work or effort incurred by an applicant in applying to the Fund.

Data Protection: The personal data of applicants (and any other personal data contained in an application) will be managed by The Quilter Foundation in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018. The Quilter Foundation will collect personal data at the time of submission of each application, and as is otherwise necessary in order to administer the Fund and all associated activities. By submitting an Expression of Interest you agree that any personal data provided by you to The Quilter Foundation may be held and used by the Foundation and its agents to administer the Fund Applicants may contact The Quilter Foundation at any time to update their details and/or preferences regarding the use of personal data.

Liability: While the information contained on this website is believed to be correct at the time of issue, The Quilter Foundation accepts no liability in any circumstances for its accuracy, adequacy or completeness, nor is any express or implied warranty given. No representations or warranties are made in relation to these statements, opinions or conclusions.

Insofar as is permitted by law, The Quilter Foundation and its agents accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered as a result of submitting an application to the Fund.

The Quilter Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1175555).