Grants of up to £2,000 to celebrate Ambition’s 90th anniversary

February 6, 2015

We are excited to announce the launch of Ambition Giving, a brand new scheme that has been set up in celebration of our 90th anniversary.  Ambition Giving will offer grants of up to £2,000 throughout the year to groups or individuals to help deliver activities to young people in their community.

Our thanks go to students at Ashdown Academy who organised two impressive events to fundraise for Ambition in December. Together they raised an impressive £9,600, which will be distributed to grassroots projects through Ambition Giving.

Event Management experts, Ashdown Academy, chose Ambition as their charity of the year in October 2014 and have offered their support in a variety of ways, helping us to ensure young people across the country have access to a brighter future. We’re delighted to welcome Antonia who is joining us on a three-month work placement to help with plans for our 90th anniversary Royal gala dinner.

Ambition Giving will support a wide variety of projects and is open to applications from young people, youth clubs, charities, community groups, resident associations and voluntary organisations. Every application must be supported by a member of Ambition.

Helen Marshall, Chief Executive of Ambition, said: “We’re proud to have been meeting the needs of young people across the UK since 1925. I’m delighted to launch Ambition giving to distribute this much needed funding to local communities and in doing so benefit thousands of young lives.”

Ambition has three overarching outcomes for all of its programmes; improved educational attainment, improved health and increased employability for the future. Any project funded must address one of these outcomes. It should also focus on at least one of the following five themes:

  • Health – supporting young people to be happy and healthy in mind and body
  • Employability & Enterprise – supporting young people to develop skills and access training that will help them to confidently enter education or employment
  • Social Action – ensuring young people are adding value to their local community
  • Leadership – supporting young people to develop leadership skills through practical projects that benefit their peers
  • Media & Creative Arts – enabling young people to express themselves creatively and develop their media skills

Click here to download an application pack now or apply online

The first round deadline is Monday 2 March 2015.  

FAQs

Ambition Members

Can an Ambition member apply themselves for Ambition Giving, or is the fund only open to clubs, projects and young people?

Yes, a member of Ambition can apply for Ambition Giving, as long as the project fits the criteria.

Can Ambition members support applications from clubs, projects and young people who are not their affiliated members?

Yes, Ambition Giving is not just for clubs, projects or young people that are affiliated to an Ambition member. However, all applications must be supported by an Ambition member. Therefore, it is the discretion of the Ambition member as to whether they support the application.

If an Ambition member has been asked to support a club, project or young person that it does not feel able to support, what should it do?

It is up to the discretion of the Ambition member as to which applications they choose to support and we would expect support to only be provided to those clubs, projects or young people where there is an existing relationship.  The Ambition member should inform the club, project or young person that it will not be able to support the application.

If an Ambition member has been asked to support a club, project or young person because the applicant does not have an Ambition Member in their local area, what should it do?

The grants are available for clubs, projects and young people supported by Ambition members. We are sorry but if there is no Ambition member in an applicant’s local area, then they would not be eligible to apply for funding.

Once an Ambition member has agreed to support an application, will it be responsible for distributing the money?

If the club or project is a registered charity, recognised legal organisation or has its own bank account, the grant will be provided direct to the applicant. If not, the grant will be given to the Ambition member to distribute.

How much support will an Ambition member be expected to provide to a club, project or young person if its application is successful?

The level of support needed will be dependent on the grant amount that is awarded. It will also be dependent on the quality of the resources and policies that a club, project or young person already has in place. The member organisation will be required to ensure the project is on track, using the money appropriately and meeting the monitoring requirements.

If an Ambition member would like to apply for Ambition Giving itself, can it apply more than once?

Yes, you can apply as many times as you like. However, please note that we are looking to support different projects and activities across the UK, so the possibility of receiving repeat funding will be lower.

If an application has been unsuccessful, can an Ambition member re-submit another application?

Yes, you are able to re-submit another application for the same project or activity. If you are planning to re-submit an application, we would encourage you to contact the Ambition office to request feedback on your unsuccessful application.

If an Ambition member has been successful in securing funding, can it apply to receive more funding for the same project?

Yes, you can apply as many times as you like. However, please note that we are looking to support different projects and activities across the UK, so the possibility of receiving repeat funding will be lower.

When will we find out if our application has been successful or not?

All applications will be acknowledged by e-mail. We will let you know in writing if your application is successful. Please allow four weeks from the closing dates highlighted above to process your application. If you have not heard from us within these four weeks please assume you have not been successful.

 

Non-Ambition Members

Can a young person apply for Ambition Giving?

Yes, but you must ensure that a youth worker from an Ambition member organisation is prepared to support your project by signing the application and providing help and guidance throughout to keep the project on track, should you be successful.

Does every application have to be supported by a member of Ambition?

Yes, every application must be supported by a member of Ambition. This involves an Ambition member agreeing to ensure that if successful, the project is on track, using the money appropriately and meeting the monitoring requirements. A full list of our current members can be found here.

Does a club or project have to be affiliated to an Ambition member in order to be eligible for Ambition Giving?

No, Ambition Giving is not just for clubs or projects that are affiliated to an Ambition member. However, all applications must be supported by an Ambition member. It is up to the discretion of the Ambition member as to whether they support the application.

If a club, project or young person is not affiliated to an Ambition member, how does it choose an Ambition member to approach?

We would recommend that all clubs, projects and young people approach their closest geographical Ambition member. A full list of our current members can be found here.

What happens if there is not an Ambition member in my local area?

The grants are available for clubs, projects and young people supported by Ambition members.  We are sorry but if there is no Ambition member in your local area, then you would not be eligible to apply for funding.

Can my club or project join as an Access Member of Ambition to apply for Ambition Giving?

No as we no longer offer access membership for new members.

What happens if the Ambition member in my local area is not willing to support a club, project or young person’s application?

It is up to the discretion of the Ambition member as to which applications they choose to support. If they are unable to support your application, you will not be eligible to apply for a grant.

Our organisation has not achieved First Steps, can we still apply for Ambition Giving?

If you are an organisation, you must be prepared to work towards achieving First Steps, Ambition’s quality assurance programme. This is so we can be confident that your programme is being delivered to a high standard. To apply, please contact Rachel Smith: Rachel@ambitionuk.org

Is a young person or a group of young people required to undertake First Steps?

No, if you are a young person (or a group of young people) applying you will not be expected to undertake First Steps.

Can a club, project or young person apply for funding for more than one project?

Yes, you can apply as many times as you like. However, please note that we are looking to support different projects and activities across the UK, so the possibility of receiving repeat funding will be lower.

If an application has been unsuccessful, can a club, project or young person re-submit another application?

Yes, you are able to re-submit another application for the same project or activity. If you are planning to re-submit an application, we would encourage you to contact the Ambition office to request feedback on your unsuccessful application.

If a club, project or young person has been successful in securing funding, can it apply to receive more funding for the same project?

Yes, you can apply as many times as you like. However, please note that we are looking to support different projects and activities across the UK, so the possibility of receiving repeat funding will be lower.

When will we find out if our application has been successful or not?

All applications will be acknowledged by e-mail. We will let you know in writing if your application is successful. Please allow four weeks from the closing dates highlighted above to process your application. If you have not heard from us within these four weeks please assume you have not been successful.

Will our club or project receive the funding directly?

If you are a registered charity, legal organisation or have a bank account, your club or project will receive the funding directly. If you are not, the grant will be given to the Ambition member who supported your application and they will be responsible for distributing the funding.

Will the grant money be provided in one lump sum?

It is likely that if the grant is less than £500, it will be provided in one lump sum. If it is over £500, the money will be distributed in stages. All successful applicants will receive a grant agreement detailing payment terms. 

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