The Phoenix Fund: Children and Youth Emergency Round supports non-profit groups, organisations or charities that:
Are led by representatives of Black and racially minoritised communities and work within Black and racially minoritised communities
Work with participants and communities that are primarily 18 or under and are at high risk of becoming involved in violence
Have annual operating budgets of up to £150,000 per year
Are located and work in England
Need additional financial support due to the Cost of Living crisis
More information about what we mean by each of these categories is included below. Applicants can be registered, unregistered, incorporated, unincorporated, and/or unconstituted or newly formed groups.
Who we are looking to fund in this round:
Organisations and groups that are Black and racially minoritised-led. In this round, we are only looking to fund groups where at least 70% of their leadership, volunteers and beneficiaries are from Black or racially minoritised communities.
Organisations and groups whose primary focus is working with Black and racially minoritised children and young people to prevent or reduce violence in their communities and lives
Organisations and groups that take an asset based approach to their work with children and young people. This might include:
Meeting young people where they are
Using trust-based, relationship driven ways of working
Amplifying and partnering with children and young people to shape your organisation and the work you do
Recognising and valuing the strengths and possibilities of the children and young people you work with
Organisations and groups that prioritise children and young people that are most impacted by systemic issues such as poverty, racism, gender based violence and wider structural disadvantage. This might include children, young women/girls and young people who have experience of:
the care or youth justice systems
abusing or misusing substances
abuse, maltreatment or neglect
negative educational experiences such as exclusion
Organisations or groups that have been impacted by the cost of living crisis including:
Organisations/groups that are struggling to pay for increased core costs including rent, utilities, cost of living increases in salaries;
Organisations/groups that are struggling with increased costs of direct activities with children and young people at high risk of becoming involved in violence; OR
Organisations/groups that have had to adapt or increase existing activities with children and young people, or create new activities to meet the needs of children and young people at high risk of becoming involved in violence due to the impact of the cost of living crisis on their lives.
Grants made in this Phoenix Way round will be one-off payments of £20,000. Grantees can use these grants flexibly to cover core and/or project costs that have been impacted by the cost of living crisis.
The Phoenix Way is not able to support:
Local offices, affiliates, or projects of large NGOs, governments, or intergovernmental organisations
Efforts to support or oppose candidates for public office
Programmes that try to convert participants to a particular region or require adherence to or conversion to religious doctrine
Organisations that, in policy or in practice, discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation
Groups that conduct or support violent activities or violate criminal law
Groups that have more than 12 months reserves
If you have any questions about our eligibility criteria, please get in touch on email@example.com