Technical issues March-April 2020

We are currently experiencing some technical issues regarding our application process. Whilst we resolve this issue, please can you submit applications to the following email address: applytomkf@gmail.com

Please see below for further guidance on the application process. 

For the past two weeks we have been receiving applications from vulnerable young people in Birmingham affected by the Coronavirus.

This is because, as a board of trustees at The Matt Kendall Foundation, we have decided to extend our grant fund to provide emergency support to those young people rendered destitute by this global crisis. This could be for many reasons, including; 

  • their hours have been cut
  • they’ve been laid-off or contracts suspended/terminated
  • their training courses have been cancelled or suspended
  • their benefits haven’t come through yet or they are awaiting universal credit or other support measures
  • they might have no family of friends to turn to for support
  • they may be refugees or asylum seekers, with little or no financial support.

We consider all circumstances that relate directly to the impact of corona virus and are affecting young people in our core age demographic of 16-25 and resident in Birmingham.

Emergency hardship grants may be provided for any of the following;

  • Rent
  • Living costs such as heating, lighting, water etc.
  • Food and other every day consumables and necessities
  • Phone credit to keep you connected

Our trustees and volunteers are committed to turning applications around as quickly as possible and on average are able to do this and make payment with 3-5 days of receipt.

We have a limited, ring fenced budget set aside for these grants so in order to make your process as smooth as possible and to ensure the success of your young person, we need 2 statements:

The first statement should be from the young person. We are happy for you to support them in writing this short statement (100-250 words), but please ensure it details:

  1. How they have been affected directly by the Corona Virus
  2. What they need financial support for and how this grant will be spent
  3. Any other information pertinent to the application, i.e. demonstrating need and why this support is not available from elsewhere

They will need to provide your contact details in their application form, so please ensure they have these to hand and they are entered correctly. On receipt of the application you will be contacted via email. In order to support the application and ensure its smooth process, please be available to respond via email to our grants team, with a short supporting statement that; 

  1. Confirms your relationship/connection/experience of the young person
  2. Confirms their need for this hardship grant and that the claim is legitimate
  3. Gives us any background or information that will support the application and reassures us this support is not available elsewhere.

Crisis Grants are for up to £150 and either paid directly to the applicant or via their supporter organisation/sponsor. 

Who can be a sponsor?

  • Support workers, social carers, mentors, faith leaders, housing workers, youth workers and counsellors

Who can’t be a sponsor?

  • A friend, family member or person with no knowledge of or professional relationship with the applicant

If you are in any doubt if you can be a sponsor, please just drop us an email to infoatMKF@gmail.com.

We want to ensure this support gets to those who really need it. So your help is of crucial importance. Thank you so much in advance, keep safe and well and please accept our heartfelt gratitude for all you are doing to support these young people in your work on the frontline. 

Best wishes, from all at The Matt Kendall Foundation 

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