More detail about our grants and applying

We can provide a grant of up to £500 to help you.

The purpose of our grants

The idea of these grants is that the funding helps you to work towards your employment goals.
You will need to explain how this grant will be spent directly on activities that will assist you in
the pursuit of work if you apply.

Are you facing barriers to employment or education but can’t fund your progress from other
means (e.g. statutory grants/loans) and can explain what you need the money for and how
you’ll spend it? We could help!

We have put together a list of the types of things that we will pay for to help you on your way.
But these are only examples and the Trustees will consider every application on a case-by-case basis.

Some ideas of what we’ll pay for:

  • Your education or training fees – money to pay for a new qualification or training course
    that will help you get a job
  • Your volunteering expenses – money to pay for travel, training or to overcome other barriers
    you face to getting involved in community volunteering, for example community sports
    coach training
  • Your personal development – money to unlock the services of mentors, to put towards travel
    overseas for specific involvement in volunteering projects (a reference will be required for this)
  • Specialist equipment – money to put towards things like interview clothes, tools etc (details
    and costs will be required)
  • Counselling or therapy costs to help you overcome personal barriers, such as a mental health

Sounds like you? Apply quickly and easily below!

These are examples of costs that the Trustees will not approve:

  • Higher education costs
  • Laptops or ipads
  • Debt relief
  • Business start up costs

The trustees reserve the right to refuse applications for costs that they do not believe assists the
applicant to achieve employment.

The detail:

You can apply at any time of the year.  The Trustees will consider each application on merit as soon as possible. The Trustees, however, reserve the right to introduce a deadline and application rounds in the future.

You may apply for one grant per person for up to £500.  You can also apply for a grant of up to £500 to match fund money you have already raised.

The Trustees reserve the right to award less than the amount requested and may on very rare occasions award more than £500. Successful applicants will be expected to spend the grant
within a 6 month period. All successful applicants will be required to sign up to a condition of grant form. We will be in touch if we need to ask you an extra questions or if your application has been successful.

We aim to feedback to unsuccessful applicants , who will be welcome to re-apply in the future.  However, we would expect re-submitted bids to have substantially addressed any points raised in the previous feedback.

Our grants are for young people aged between 16 and 25 years (at the time of application) and you must live in Birmingham. You should send us proof of your
address (this could be a copy of your driving licence, passport, bank statement, letter from
Job Centre Plus, for example, etc.)

Are you interested in receiving support from The Matt Kendall Foundation?

Please note that you must be aged between 16 and 25 years old and we will ask your sponsor to verify this.Thank you.