Frequently asked questions about our grants and applying

We know that it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming when you need to apply for something.  We’ve tried to make the application process as easy and as short as possible.

The main thing to remember is that you need to tell us your plans for getting into employment are, and clearly explain how the money will help you to get there.

When is the deadline for applications?

A. There is no deadline. We consider applications all year round.   We’ll contact you as soon as possible about whether you have been successful or if we need more information.  We aim to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants. If you are unsuccessful please try again in the future.

Do I have to do a written application and a video or audio application?

No. You just need to do one – a written, video or audio application.  Why not get someone to help you if you’re struggling.  The application doesn’t have to be a brilliant english essay – we just need to hear that you’re passionate about what you’re trying to do, what you need the money for and how that will help you to get a job in the long run.

I don’t live in Birmingham. Can I still apply?

The Matt Kendall Foundation can only support 16 to 25 year olds who have a postcode beginning with a ‘B” – so that’s greater Birmingham and some of the wider towns.  However, the Trustees reserve the right to consider very strong applications from young people immediately outside of this area in very exceptional circumstances.

How many grants are you giving out?

We aim to help as many young people as possible – there is no limit, although our funds won’t last forever. Make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do I need a sponsor or mentor to apply?

In order to safe guard and ensure funds get to those who need them most, we work with recognised support, advise and welfare organisations.

Your application should be supported by for example; a case, support or family worker, probation officer, housing officer, faith leader, counsellor, teacher or college course leader etc. Emails from unverified sources will not be accepted.

If you’re having trouble identifying someone or getting them to collaborate on the application, feel free to drop us an email and we can try and make suggestions or support you in this.

What can I apply for the money for? 

Only you know what is needed to get you to where you want to go, so we’re not in the business of listing what we will and won’t fund.  As long as you explain what you want the money for, and how it helps you get further towards employment, we’re listening. We consider all applications. However, all grants are made at the discretion of the Trustees, and their decision is final.

I’m not quite ready to apply, but want to explore my ideas with someone.  Who should I contact?

Not a problem!  Please contact us on to arrange a time to have a chat, or we can talk over email or even Facebook if that suits.

What are your top tips for me to help me do a great application?

Watch this short video from the people that make the decisions about the grants.  Sophie and James tell you what makes a great application and what they are looking for.

I don’t want to apply for a grant but want to support the Matt Kendall Foundation in another way. What can I do?

There are lots of ways you can support the Foundation – from being a corporate partner to a Friend of the Foundation. You can even give a one off donation, or fundraise yourself.   All donations will be supplimented by Gift Aid – where the government gives us an extra 25% on top of the donation if you are a UK tax payer.  You can read more about this on our website or get involved in the MKF Community on Facebook and Twitter.

I have more questions.  Who can I contact?

You can email if you have any other questions.

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