For the last six years, the Matt Kendall Foundation has provided small financial grants for disadvantaged 16-25 year olds from Birmingham, to support them into work, training or education.
Our founder Matt Kendall set up the charity in 2015, shortly before he passed away, because he believed no young person should have their future put on hold because they can’t afford the basics that most people take for granted.
Since then, the charity has been run by a board of volunteers. Having no paid staff has meant that we have been able to support more young people to thrive and reach their potential. Many of us helped Matt set up the charity in 2015 and have seen the fantastic difference the foundation has made to disadvantaged young people’s lives in Birmingham.
We have now come to a point in our charity’s life where our board members are finding it increasingly difficult to work full time, manage other commitments and run a growing charity. It is therefore with a very heavy heart that we have taken the difficult decision to close down the charity in May 2021.
We have thought long and hard how we can make the biggest difference to Birmingham’s young people and to continue Matt’s legacy for years to come. That’s why, until May 2021, we plan to maximise the impact the charity can have. While we will continue to support young people with up to £500, including for laptops, we are also proud to announce that we will provide larger grants of between £2,000 – £3,000 for young people in Birmingham with a longer term plan.
We will never forget the positive impact Matt had on young people in Birmingham. As we move towards the closure of our charity, we hope to celebrate what we have achieved together with you, our supporters.
Matt Kendall Foundation Board of Trustees