The quadstar award will provide grants and mentoring to innovative and dynamic charities and social enterprise projects that focus on helping children and young people thrive.
Through grants of up to £10,000 we will support a wide range of ideas that help children and young people in their development and well-being. We particularly focus on activities that support children and young people’s happiness and confidence as an antidote to modern pressures and to support their opportunities and aspirations through activities such as sport, creative arts and outdoor adventures.
Projects we support should be working towards one or more of the following outcomes
- Improving children and young people’s emotional resilience and mental wellbeing
- Increasing children and young people’s opportunities
- Empowering children and young people to become more confident and pursue their aspirations.
We also strongly prioritise projects that are working towards becoming sustainable.
We expect our successful applicants to be proactive in identifying areas they require support with, taking part in mentoring and networking events. Beyond the life of the grant we anticipate successful applicants will have an on-going relationship with the quadstar foundation to enable subsequent grant holders to benefit from their skills and experience.
Please read our guidance carefully to ensure you’re eligible to apply to the foundation and download our Frequently Asked Questions.
Who can apply:
- You are a registered charity, voluntary or community group or not for profit social enterprise/CIC.
- You are a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise
- You have an annual income less than £300,000
- You have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules
- You have a governing body with at least 3 unrelated members
- You have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of your organisation, with at least two unrelated signatories
- You have a Child Protection Policy
- You are working in the UK.
We are not able to fund:
- National charities or organisations with an annual income exceeding £300,000
- Applications from or on behalf of individuals
- Projects where a significant part of the grant will be passed to another organisation to deliver activities
- Statutory organisations e.g. projects within the NHS, or projects for school-aged children in school time, projects which should be funded by public services
- Activities that are political or religious in intention, practice or appearance
- Projects that have already happened
- Loan repayments, contingency costs and fundraising.
If this sounds like you why not complete our short stage one application form?
It should take no more than 10-15 minutes. Click here to take you to the website.