What we do

No young person should have their future put on hold because they can’t afford the basics that most people take for granted.

That’s why we provide small financial grants for disadvantaged 16 to 25 year olds  from Birmingham to support them into work, training or education.

The Matt Kendall Foundation is a small charity that is continuing the work of  local youth and community development worker, Matt Kendall, who died from cancer in May 2015, aged just 35.

Matt believed in the potential and enthusiasm of young people, and spent his life inspiring those from more disadvantaged backgrounds to overcome the barriers they face to achieving their potential.

The number of young people in Birmingham not in education, training and employeement is well above the national average. That’s not good enough because so many of Birmingham’s 16 to 25 year olds have a plan of what they  need to do to get a job or into training.  Because of a lack of money, they can’t realise their potential.  This is damaging for them, their community, Birmingham and the local economy.

Just a small amount of money can help disadvantaged young people and raise their aspirations for their future.

With the support of businesses, organisations and community fundraisers, we provide grants of up to £500 to young people for  a range of activities. These are normally for expenses
associated with:

  • Education or training
  • Volunteering
  • Community Development
  • Counselling/therapy costs
  • Travel associated with the above activities

If you are aged between 16 and 25 years old age, live in Birmingham and in need of financial support to your plan in action, find out more and get in touch.

You can apply for a grant of up to £500.  You can also apply for match funding if you already have some funds from another source.

We rely on community fundraising,  and on the generosity of businesses and organisations to help us raise the money that the young people of Birmingham so badly need. If you can help, please find out more.

Watch our video about our annual fundraiser – the Soulstice Shakedown

The Trustees

The Matt Kendall Foundation is run by a board of eight volunteer Trustees that meet every other month.

The board has considerable local, regional and national experience of leading and developing charities at a local, regional and national scale. The board enjoys the support of  a range of professionals, including
accountants, creatives and fundraisers, who give their time on a voluntary basis to support technical needs.

As a registered charity with the Charity Commission (charity number 1165110)  the Matt Kendall Foundation adheres to a set of quality standards and policies. Please contact us if you would like more information about us or these standards.

Read Annual Report 2015-2016
Read our Impact Report 2015 – 2016